Cheesy fun at Ital­ian eatery Figo.

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IF the words deep-fried boc­concini make your heart leap (in a good way), get thee to Figo. For the unini­ti­ated, it means “cool” in Ital­ian. And you’ll be feel­ing quite figo hav­ing this lit­tle gem in your din­ing reper­toire.

The El­wood new­comer might be small on space but it is packed with per­son­al­ity and old-school charm, with a retro meat slicer on the bench, a let­ter-board menu above the open kitchen – and did that cheeky waiter just wink at me?

Ital­ian fried food, pizza, booze and dessert are the go, to be taken away or en­joyed amid the 20-seat din­er­style digs. De­spite this age of clean eat­ing, Figo isn’t shy about its fried fare. The Ital­ians even have their own name for a shop sell­ing fried snacks: a frig­gi­to­ria.

Kick things off with that boc­concini cheese, juicy cala­mari fritti in a light bat­ter with lemon wedges, deep-fried po­lenta, or panze­rotto fritto, two sat­is­fy­ingly crunchy deep-fried mini cal­zones stuffed with ham, moz­zarella, tomato and basil.

And since you can have too much of a good thing, bal­ance all that fried yum­mi­ness with a Cap­rese salad burst­ing with gor­geous to­ma­toes and buf­falo moz­zarella.

Piz­zas are a strong suit. There are 18 styles on ex­cel­lent bases that hold their own with­out be­ing dense – just sup­port­ive with min­i­mal sag. The car­bonara di­als up the rich­ness with pancetta, gar­lic, egg and pecorino, while the Stallone Ital­iano is a meaty treat loaded with salami, sausage, ham and mini lamb meat­balls.

Desserts like ge­lato and Nutella pizza, well-priced vino and beer, and good tunes com­bine for a fun night, whether it’s early din­ner with the kids or a late bite. How figo.

From top: pizza al metro, the retro in­te­rior, and fritto misto in­cludes fried white­bait, prawns and cala­mari.

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