Dish of the Week: Fig & Olive’s crostini

Fig & Olive’s signature crostini comes with a variety of flavors and toppings. Max Wang | Hatchet Photographer
Fig & Olive’s signature crostini comes with a variety of flavors and toppings. Max Wang | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Fig & Olive is known for serving up Mediterranean style food with flair. It has locations across the U.S. in New York, Chicago, and luckily, here in D.C. You’ve probably passed by its D.C. location on your way to Momofuku, as it’s located in CityCenter.

The restaurant is the perfect place to go when you want to relax. It has cozy lighting and big couches where you can lounge while sampling from the vast menu. Dishes on the menu, like the creamy burrata heirloom beet salad ($16), the smooth butternut squash & chestnut soup ($13) and the rich truffle risotto ($26) are just a few of the Mediterranean eatery’s highlights.

But all of these dishes pale in comparison to Fig & Olive’s signature crostini (three for $12 or six for $21). They come with multiple toppings to appeal to everyone at the dinner table. For the adventurous eater, there’s a crostini topped with octopus, a bit of creamy hummus and spicy pimenton and for the meat lover, there’s an option topped with prosciutto, creamy ricotta, fresh fig, salty olives and crunchy walnuts.

While all of the crostini toppings are flavorful and delicious, not to mention beautifully presented, there a few you can’t miss. The crostini with creamy burrata, juicy tomato, garlicky pesto and tart balsamic vinegar is reminiscent of a caprese salad, without that pesky, healthy spinach. It’s the perfect combination of different flavors sure to make your taste buds explode.

Another notable crostini is topped with soft and creamy goat cheese, aromatic caramelized onions and crisp chives. The onion taste is not overwhelming with the mild goat cheese and is incredibly light.

Last but not least, is the crostini topped with buttery manchego cheese, fruity fig and sweet marcona almonds. The rich ingredients come together for a shocking sensation when you first take a bite. Order a mix of crostini to create the perfect appetizer that will have satisfy anyone’s tastes.

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