My husband and I decided to try Giacomo's after a long day of sightseeing around the Boston area. Located close to the Freedom Trail, in the heart of the North End, Giacomo's is hard to miss. Not because it is a huge restaurant (there are only 11 tables), but because there is likely a line out the front door to get in. We got in line around 8:30pm on a Thursday night, and after a quick 30min wait were sitting at a table inside. NOTE: There are no reservations - a hostess/server will come outside and ask how many are in your group then work their way down the line - just because you are in front doesn't mean you are next - parties of two get seated much quicker. I would not recommend more than 4-6 people max in a party (and expect to wait at least 1hr, possibly more depending on time of day). The outside waiting area is not weather-proof, so plan accordingly.
Once inside, service is very quick. We ordered calamari for an appetizer, and it was at our table less than 5 minutes later. The serving team has quite the hustle, and along with it the brashness of a true Italian. If you're looking for a nice quite place to linger over a bottle of wine, this may not be your best bet. That being said, wine list, while not very extensive, was very reasonably priced - only about double what it would be to buy on your own - most bottles were under $40. The menu is on chalkboards on the walls. I highly recommend trying whatever the nightly special is. I had the most delicious roasted red pepper and goat cheese gnocchi with spinach and grilled chicken.
Attire of guests ranges from semi-casual, to typical date-nite dress. While I wouldn't show up wearing a sweatshirt and workout attire, a jersey dress or jeans and a nice cardigan for women, and a polo shirt for men would be appropriate. If you are looking for super fancy, this isn't your place. All in all, a wonderful Italian experience in the North End. Make sure to save room for a cannoli and coffee at Modern Pastry just down the street after dinner!
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