AN ITALIAN GEM IN LEYTON
Figo is a restaurant that excels in showcasing Italian food.
The Figo branch in Leyton is the most perfect local honest-to-goodness Italian restaurant you can imagine, with a brilliant menu that offers a fusion of traditional ingredients with modern taste – plus the chance to shop in the adjoining boutique.
The restaurant is smart but low-key; cool without being pretentious and great value despite its sky-high quality.
A window showcasing fresh Italian produce lures passers-by into this Leyton Italian heaven.
From the shop you can step straight into the restaurant which has floor to ceiling windows, a large dining area with dark green walls and green floral wallpaper, warm lighting and an open plan kitchen where you can see a beautiful wood fired oven.
Here the pizza and pasta are way more than just comfort carbs. The basic Italian dishes are done exceptionally well, but the repertoire extends to delicious antipasti, crusty pizzas (their calzone is a head turner), richly sauced pasta and beyond.
The main contenders on the menu are mouth-watering Italian starters, ranging from handmade pizza bread with rosemary, mozzarella or truffle to seafood, arancini or polpette.
Calamari – fresh deep fried squid with tartar sauce and lemon
Gamberoni Alla Diavola – King prawns in a spicy tomato sauce, served with aromatic bread crumbs
Insalata Pera e Radicchio – Saffron poached pear, radicchio tardive, endive, walnut praline on a bed of salted dry ricotta
Cozze – Mussels in a cherry tomato, garlic, chilli, parsley & white wine sauce and covered with a pizza dough crust
Burrata – a creamy Italian cheese with heritage tomatoes
The main menu delivers some big hits too – don’t miss the:
Spaghetti Mare – spaghetti with mixed fresh seafood with a garlic and tomato sauce
Filetto Di Spigola – Pan fried fillet of seabass served with mixed vegetables
And because a meal is not complete without dessert, you must try:
Trilogia Di Cannoli Siciliani – traditional Sicilian pastry with three different ricotta flavours
Banoffee Pie – Bananas, cream and toffee
These finely crafted specialities seem like they are drawn from the rustic trattorias and traditional Italian village pizzerias, made with fresh ingredients that result in classic Italian dishes prepared with love and skill.
Definitely worth a visit!!!!
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