Possibly Brooklyn’s best-kept secret, Ferdinando’s Focacceria Restaurant has been in the same location since 1904, back when its Carroll Gardens neighborhood went by the much rougher name of Red Hook. Managing to survive the gangsters of the ’20s, the hippies of the ’60s, and the cash-wielding yuppies of the ’80s, Ferdinando’s seats about 35 at best, and maintains hours that revolve around owner Frankie’s family life; he’s only open late on Saturday nights. Still, where better to find authentic panelle (indescribably delish chick pea fritters), pasta con sarde (a Sicilian sardine dish also featuring fennel, pine nuts, and dried grapes., caponatina (of eggplant) and cannoli that’s homemade, right down to the cream. A once-in-a-lifetime meal!
151 Union St. (at Hicks St.), Brooklyn