Figs speciallizes in gourmet pizzas that are available for take-out or eating in. Highly recommended are the portobello creation, as well as the pulled pork and coleslaw pies. Though they may sound exotic pizza toppings, they are very good and come served on a New Haven-style crust that cannot be beat. The pizzas are priced anywhere from $10-$25 and can feed two people easily.
The pasta dishes at Figs are reasonably priced and delicious. All ingredients are exquisitely blended to create perfect palatable combinations. The Mushroom Risotto and the Macaronni and Cheese (with orzo, parmesean and peas) are both excellent choices that cost under $15. Such a culinary deal is rare in Boston, but is not to be interpreted as lacking quality.
The Charlestown Figs restaurant is small in size, but large in character. The whole restaurant centers around a large brick pizza oven which creates a warm cozy environment. There is a small bar in the front and seating room in the restaurant area for about 75 people. Though it can get quite crowded on popular evenings, Figs never feels cramped. Patrons should expect to wait up to a half an hour for a table if they plan on dining in the restaurant at popular times.
The waitstaff and hostesses at Figs are very friendly and accommodating. They have no problem handling the bustling dining room and making sure that all guests are attended to.
Figs serves more casual fare than Todd English's other Charlestown restaurant Olives, but is an excellent choice for everyday dining and pizza. You will not be disappointed whether you choose to eat in or take your pizza home with you.
December 24, 2005
From journal Historic Charlestown