Pizza fiends who've been closely monitoring the wood-burning-oven activity on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue might have noticed the flames flickering recently in the former Downtown Atlantic space, where Elizabeth Falkner, erstwhile San Francisco pastry chef and professional TV chef-testant, has been gearing up for her first Brooklyn restaurant. With Krescendo, set to open officially on November 1, she enters a crowded field, but not without a few secret weapons, like two pizza ovens (a traditional Neapolitan one and an electric-deck number for Sicilian and classic Italian styles), Southern Italian pastas and desserts, and cocktails by former Bourbon & Branch bartender Darren Crawford. Most crucially, she can rely on the local know-how of her Bensonhurst-born partner, Nancy Puglisi, for whom Krescendo is a culinary homecoming after years of running pizzerias and competitions in the Bay Area and abroad.
Krescendo, 364 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-330-0888