Boston >Giacomo's Restaurant
355 Hanover St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.364633 -71.053534
“romantic dinner place this is not, but if you're looking for great Italian food in a hurry, this is your place.”
“If you want to relax after dinner, there is a great cigar bar across the street!”
“My partner had a fresh fish special with pasta, clams, mussels, and half a lobster.”
“It's a no thrills type of menu but the food is fantastic!”
“There is no doubt you'll have to wait in line, but the quality and authenticity of the food, matched with the inexpensive prices, makes this the best Italian restaurant in Boston.”
“The waitstaff is friendly and always running around doing whatever they can.”
“Good value for authentic Italian food”
“Service can be slow, but thats because it is very busy.”
delicious. the menu is on a chalkboard and it's really cozy. After waiting in the long line we we sat at a table and had great waitstaff that really treated us well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant just be prepared for a long line on Hanover Street.
Good food, a little too much hype. Great food, but overall I was underwhelmed. Better italian can be had in the North End, for sure...
OUTSTANDING!!!. My wife and I absolutely LOVE the food! The waitstaff is friendly and always running around doing whatever they can...It is so much better than the places with the big names, and VERY reasonably priced. The portions are huge, and the sauces are second to none. Avoid the big facny places with their small portions, Giacomo's is the place to go!!!
Stay Away. Just came from here. This place is not as great as everyone has said. I got the wrong order and they still charged me for the meal with now replacement. Stay Away! There are better places than this hole in the wall. LL
Look for the line and you'll find one of the North End's most popular restaurants for hearty Italian fare..
Giacomo's popularity, coupled with a strict no-reservations policy, means that on most nights (regardless of the weather) a line will spill out the door and onto bustling Hanover Street. Once inside the dining room's cramped quarters, patrons are rewarded with heaping plates of high-quality, reasonably-priced Italian cuisine. Patrons looking for the same award-winning cuisine but in a more relaxed setting should make the trek across town to Giacomo's South End location: Here, the speedy waitstaff's singular goal is to keep the line outside moving.
Faced with a menu that reads like Italian Cuisine 101, diners opt to start with a satisfying caprese salad or some crispy fried calamari before moving onto hulking plates of shrimp scampi and mussels marinara. Fresh, grilled tuna and swordfish steaks are also satisfying. Those hoping for coffee and dessert are out of luck, but an above-average and quite affordable wine list should ease the sting.
Pumpkin Tortellin - Awesome - Great Service (Donna was the terrific!). Had a mozzarella appetizer. It was really great. 3 slabs of crispy fried cheese - YUM! Then the pumpkin tortellini. Normally, not a fan of pumpkin, but this dish was so light with a subtle sweet pumpkin flavor. Waited in line for 30 minutes on a Monday night, but the weather was great and there was nice people to talk to in line. The server was super too! Highly recommend this place!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI...NUF SAID!. But i'll go on about how great this place is. Given the fact that there is a line all year (even for the locals) it is well worth it. If you go, without a doubt, try the butternut squash ravioli. They are incredible. Get them as an appetizer and share with the table. You cannot go wrong here. The Caprese is fresh and the Bufalo Mozzerella is great. I usually get the chicken Marsala because it is the best Marsala sauce i have ever had. There is no doubt you'll have to wait in line, but the quality and authenticity of the food, matched with the inexpensive prices, makes this the best Italian restaurant in Boston. Hands down!
Best Italian. My wife and I go here for Italian all the time. I recommend their fra diavola sauce... so tasty. Also, I always get the seafood combo pasta dish for only $19. Service can be slow, but thats because it is very busy. They take reservations! I highly recommend this place.
Amazing food!. I visited Boston for the first time last weekend and a friend recommend Giacomo's in the North End. It is very small but rather lively. We went late, around 9:30 on a Friday night so we didn't have to wait. The service was great but the food...We ordered the calamari, which was fantastic. I had the lobster ravioli and I must say it is in the top 3 best dinners that I have ever had! Dinner for 2 with appetizers and wine was $45 so it was very reasonably priced, although I would have gladly paid $200 for this meal. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in search of great Italian.
Great Italian food.. Small place, seating is crampted but it is all worth it. This is definitely not a place to propose or have a long conversation with someone as lines do form outside regardless of the weather and the service is kind of a rush. The Inventor Turnover has to be the most desired by anyone. Great flavor on the fired cal's and would recommend their homemade pasta.
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