Figs is an upscale pizza restaurant with locations in Boston's Beacon Hill and Charlestown neighborhoods and is one of many successful ventures by celebrity chef and restaurateur Todd English. I've been to Figs in Charlestown (67 Main Street) a few times prior to this lunch outing, and it has never disappointed.Today was no exception. I went into work for a couple hours in the morning for a meeting (on my day off, I know!) and stepped out around noon, excited about the afternoon ahead of me. Strolling down main street I ventured into historic Charlestown with its quaint brick sidewalks and tree lined streets. I gave my oldest friend Jen a call on a whim - it was a work from home Friday for her and just like that I had myself a lunch companion. Here are the both of us looking our best in San Francisco - 2008.
Since I was home free for the weekend, it was time to celebrate. I started with a glass of Prosecco ($9).
I'm enamored with that glass sans stem. I think its provides a generous pour of bubbly. The ambiance is simple and inviting. Chestnut hardwood floors and rust colored walls with photographs of fresh ingredients meet cozy booths in the windows that overlook main street and a bar that seats five.
The specialty pizzas at Figs are unique, from the free-form shape, to the paper thin, delicately crispy crust, to the remarkable combinations of fresh ingredients. Smaller portions of their pizzas are available on the lunch menu.
I ordered the Bianco ($8.50) made with Mozzarella, sweet onions, fresh tomatoes, arugula, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Served on that pizza is more like the entire length of the arugula plant, the abundance of leafy greens are super fresh, however, it proves to be a tad unmanageable to eat. The bold colorful red and yellow tomato chunks were ripe and juicy. The sweet onions baked into the cheesy mozzarella crust provide a contrast in flavors, adding depth to the olive oil and balsamic drenched vegetables.
Jen had a Greek Salad ($7.50) topped with chicken.
The Prosecco was crisp, refreshing and comped. And that made my afternoon. I also have a suspicion our waiter this afternoon might have been the same guy who waited on us when we were in a few months back for dinner.
At that dinner we shared the Fig & Prosciutto ($18.50)That's right. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this gem of a pizza. A match made in heaven of sweet fig jam, salty prosciutto and creamy sharp gorgonzola. There was no way I could finish my Bianco. Even the downsized lunch portions are generous. To-go box in hand, I hugged Jen goodbye and continued down main street, over the Charlestown bridge and home to the North End. Home to catch up on TV shows filling my DVR and to pack for a visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire!