Friday, July 16, 2010

Figs

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!
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15 comments:

Ameena said...

I love figs...and I love Todd English. Doesn't it seem like he has restaurants popping up all over the place all of a sudden? Or is it just my imagination?

Lizzy said...

I need to go there. looks awesome. I'm thinking of making Figs and Prosciutto pizza tonite!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I haven't been to Figs yet but that glass of prosecco alone is enough to make me want to go there right now!

Jenna said...

Prosecco is soooo good! I have some on my wine rack that I'm eyeing right now :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Never been to Figs, but I went to Olives last year in Charlestown- DELISH. Cool stemless champagne flutes!

Melissa said...

I agree that the stemless glass sounds like a great idea!

MelissaNibbles said...

I'm jealous you're going to Portsmouth. I like to eat my feelings at The Friendly Toast, so stop in there for me.

The thing about Todd English's restaurants are that he seems to take them WAY too seriously. Like the whole no website thing you know? The food is good, but not as good as he seems to think. I mean, he's no Guy Fieri am I right? Am I right?!

Jessica said...

Looks like a fabulous restaurant! I'm also loving the stemless glass - gorgeous!

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Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, that meal looks amazing - especially that pizza!

Corinne said...

hahahah melissa, your comment cracks me up: eating feelings at the friendly toast. there are numerous places in portsmouth to eat your feelings ha.

kristen, i wonder where these stemless champagne glasses can be found! i bet todd would never tell us.

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Yum! These pizzas look great. Haven't tried Figs yet but have a weakness for pizza and will have to give it a try!

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! It's the perfect food! No website, what's up with that? =)

Maybe that's his (T.E.) way of of being "above it all." Blah! LOL.

I still like his style. The food looks fab. No stemmed glasses are cool.

Jenny said...

what a fun lunch ... next time i am ordering a drink too!

Megan said...

ooo love Figs...until a month ago, my sister livd in the condos across the street....perfect location!

Café Bellini said...

That is one funny-looking glass! And generous, yes! I am still looking for your cote d'azur pics and I can't find them!