I find it difficult to rate Chianti's.
If I was to rate it strictly as an Italian restaurant - I would say it was good - but not great. The quality of the food is OK - certainly not up there with the best of the North End, for instance. But certainly passable. I like the calamari app., which is not deep fried rubber bands like you usually get. The calamari is butterflied and rolled in asiago cheese and pan fried. Very good. I usually go for the vitella al forgo, which is veal with proscuitto and mozz in a mild tomato sauce. My wife usually goes with the pumpkin tortelloni. The wine list is fairly expansive and expensive - service is usually good, although sometimes missing when you need them.
But, I don't go to Chianti's for the food, I go for the jazz experience. This is an awesome venue for some of the best jazz and music acts around - mostly local (Boston, etc.) acts, but some acts with national exposure. The music is available seven nights a week - and never a cover to get in - so you could just walk in from the street, find a seat at the bar, and listen to the music any night of the week. The club side is intimate and cozy, just like a jazz club should be. Sometimes, when I am there listening to a good group - highlighted against the weathered brick backdrop - I have to pinch myself to remember that I am sitting in little downtown Beverly, and not in some jazz joint in New Orleans. So, for that reason, I will continue to patronize Chianti, and hope that it is successful for a long time to come.