Figlio: West End
This was quite possibly the worst happy hour food I have had in awhile. I was wondering why Rojo in the West End was packed while Figlio was mostly empty.
Now, I understand.
This place will not be open for much longer unless the food standards change dramatically.
Firstly, let me start out by saying that the space is beautiful. There is a large dining room and a nice bar area. Secondly, the service was great. They went out of their way to make sure that the guests were happy.
The only thing missing is good food.
The biggest disappointment of the night was the flatbread. I remember back when Figlio was in Uptown the flat bread and pizzas were all handmade with real dough and then cooked in a brick oven. You know having an open kitchen where you make the flat breads only goes well for you when you actually make the flat bread. Watching the ‘chef’ take out a pre-made hard flatbread out of a plastic package sealed it for me. Not to mention how the toppings were handled. Yuck.
Big mistake ordering the porchetta bruschetta and sliders. Same thing different bread. Both not great flavor wise.
The only two things that I liked were the fries and wings. Holy moly, the fries are great. Perfectly cooked and great with the béarnaise sauce. The wings were seasoned very well but I would have liked to have different sauce with it. The mustard and BBQ sauce did not do it for me. It was weird that I liked those things the best and neither of them were Italian which is most of the menu at Figlio.
My suggestions are to make your own dough and make quality flat bread and to take one or both of the Porchetta items off your happy hour menu. Make a new dish. Go back to basics and serve high quality real food even for happy hour. There are so many people like me rooting for Figilo from Uptown to be reborn. This is not quite it.
because pre-made is unacceptable
What was your experience here? Should I give it another try?
I ate at Figlio a year ago…I didn’t blog about it, but my meal went something like this: wait an hour, hustle to get a drink because the bar was packed to the gills. Once we got our table the waitress was amazing! I had the duck pizza and the beet fries. Greasy and delicious. I liked the food, but the wait for the table is half the reason I have yet to go back there in the past year.
Oh that’s too bad. I only tried food off of the happy hour menu and I might go back and try the regular menu.
The service was really great the night I was there because there was a private party going on. Maybe they staffed more people that night because of the party.
There was enough space in the restaurant. No one was there….
It is all just too bad. Since I really wanted to LOVE this place.
Sad, I miss the old Figlio. Based on this and the rediculous commercial I heard from them, not sure I want to try it….
I DO TOOOOOOO! Bring back the old Figlio.
What an honest review – I appreciate it 🙂 We’ve never been, but it’s been on our list of places to try for a while.. nice to know we shouldn’t bother 🙂
It makes me sad to write reviews like this. But, if I feel other customers must not like these things as well and the restaurant should know about it.
Hopefully they view it as constructive criticism. 🙂
Also, I should say I haven’t eaten a full meal there only happy hour. So I don’t know the quality of the main menu items.