Exposed brick walls and two-person tables inside Paolos Trattoria help convey a sense of intimacy. As guests lean in to whisper over tables, waiters fill glasses with wine and discreetly deliver plates filled with Italian favorites such as mixed greens salads tossed with dried figs and goat cheese, lobster ravioli, and roasted vegetable pizzas pulled straight from a brick oven. Most portions are large enough to share, which makes for a romantic and delicious dinner, unlike eating a silver tray filled with red roses, which is just romantic and not delicious. After finishing bites of panko-crusted veal milanese or salmon seared in a cast iron skillet, dessert is served in the form of tiramisu, chocolate mousse, or bread pudding with rum butter sauce and vanilla ice cream.
10-foot-high hand-carved doors. Italian stone walls. Centuries-old walnut floors. You may be in Harvard Square, but not any of its famed antique shops. Instead you're in Toscano, where the rustic furnishings evoke Tuscany's landscape as much as the pastas, housemade sausages, and stone oven pizzas evoke the area's flavors.
Critically acclaimed chef Todd English created Figs to be a charming yet unpredictable bistro. Its pizzas twist tradition into refreshing variants, such as the fig and prosciutto pizza with a rosemary crust drizzled in balsamic jam. On the other side of the menu, lobster, salmon, and scallops mingle with handmade pastas.