You saw him on Food Network’s Pizza Challenge Battle and now Francesco Ilardi’s next challenge is trying to help Fratelli’s Italian Eatery in the Stony Brook Village Center expand its gourmet pizza business.
Ilardi, a native of Castellamare Del Golfo, Italy, brings more than 25 years of experience in Italian cuisine to Stony Brook. His mouth-watering additions to the already appetizing menu include Mozzarella Caprese, Sausage Broccoli Rabe and his world famous Grandpa Pie, out just in time for Father’s Day.
“It is easily the best artisan pizza in the area, as good as any of the best Manhattan or Brooklyn pizzerias,” said Carmelo Cataudella of Smash Studios in the Village Center, a self-proclaimed pizza snob. “Growing up in Brooklyn, this is the real thing. Francesco is making it with real integrity, very, very good stuff.”
Fratelli’s is open from 7:30am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and Saturday and 7:30am to 9pm on Fridays.