Lil Frankies; photo -- Youngna Park

Lil Frankies; photo -- Youngna Park

With a custom built brick oven donning Napolitan lava from Mount Vesuvius, Lil' Frankie's thin-crusted pizzas are memorable and deliciously fresh, despite skewing from the destinctive chew of New York's signature pizza dough. Straight from the oven and onto your plate, the restaurant's menu offers nearly a dozen classic pizza combinations by mixing and matching an endless number of delectable meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The capacious dining room features a tenement garden; one room is decorated with yellowing family photos while another is littered with mirrors. Wherever you sit, service is friendly and prices are fair. Gothamist recommends stopping by during mid-afternoon, after the lunch crowd and before the dinner one; grab a table, order a pizza, and you'll have the dining room to yourself.

Lil' Frankie's is located at 19 First Ave (b/w 1st & 2nd St.) and is open Sun - Thurs, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Fri - Sat., 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. (212)420-4900.

Lil Frankies; photo -- Youngna Park

Lil Frankies; photo -- Youngna Park