Ah, Charles Street in Boston during the summer. Quaint, romantic, artsy. The perfect place to grab a slice of pizza and get your palms read, no? Well that's exactly what we did, lol. Not unlike Boston's North End, this little neighborhood street is jam packed with fine eateries and bakeries. Serving up affordable Italian pastas and pizzas, Figs, according to my friend always requires a wait. Inside the tiny, romantically-lit space, which houses approximately 25 or so guests, conversations and a lively level of noise flows. But you would think that with its abundance of customers and business booming, the owners could afford to turn on the air conditioner, especially on a humid and hot day as such. Inside such a cramped space with so many people, the environment felt rather hellish and uncomfortable.
Caramelized Onion FocacciaThis free bread was so dense that I almost ruined my appetite by eating just two pieces. Though it was moist, fresh and gratifying (we were both famished), the focaccia was so greasy that I had absolute no use for the olive oil.
We ordered one pizza but divided it in half by selecting two types. It was only the two of us girls eating so we had a ton left over so I would recommend just getting one pizza to share between 3-4 people depending on how hungry you're feeling.
This side of the pie consists of mozzarella, sweet onions, tomatoes and arugula leaves drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I favor white pizzas over pizzas with tomato sauce for some reason. Made just how I like it, the crust is extremely thin and crispy. The ingredients are very fresh and the pizza overall was very flavorful and cheesy. Unfortunately, Figs could really learn to cut back on the oil as I found the bottom of the crust to be overly greasy.
Roasted Pulled Chicken Pizza
Come on over to this side of the pie where we have gruyere cheese, basil oil, caramelized onion, chicken and even scallions. I loved all of the ingredients except for the raw scallions of which I'm never a fan. The meat was tender and surprisingly not dried out by the oven heat. The pesto was bold and flavorful while the onions were sweet. Again, the pizza itself tasted great but the crust was far too oily.
Ambiance: 2.5 out of 5 (I would have given a 3.5 out of 5 had it not been for the lack of air conditioning inside the restaurant)
Service: 3.5 out of 5
Food: 3.5 out of 5
Verdict: Gourmet pizza without the gourmet price tag.