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“Great North End Italian Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Giacomo's Restaurant

Giacomo's Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 3,179 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: North End
Milford, Iowa
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great North End Italian Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

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!

  • Visited September 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow, it was worth the wait!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Tonight, our first evening in Boston, we headed to this restaurant, as much praised on trip advisor. The queue possibly was 20 persons long, but it slowly dissipated, and it was well worth the wait. Superb service, delic food, fresh flavours, great wines at a perfect temperature, and excellent value....it could not be faulted. You did not feel rushed through your meal at all, even though the queue was still growing outside. A restaurant not to be missed!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alaska
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Read about this place on Tripadvisor and it sounded worth checking out. Super glad we did. There's always a line at the door (a good sign) so it might not work mid-winter, but for us, in Sept. on a sunny day/evening we didn't mind.
The seating is tight, very small - about 35 seats. Service is outstanding one reason the experience is so memorable. The food is not five-star fine dining if that's what you're looking for - instead it's good, honest, fresh Italian. The calamari was excellent, the waitress recommended a bottle of wine for the two of us, and it was oddly very drinkable and shockingly only $17. We also had a breaded, fried mozzarella appetizer and asked for extra marinara sauce for it and to dip the complimentary bread - both were excellent. I had a pasta special with a slightly spicy red sauce and lovely, big, fat shrimp that was super good. The wife had a papardelle, tarragon pasta dish, with lobster / brandy cream sauce that was incredible and super reasonably priced.
One of the most interesting dining experiences ever, they make you feel like family and you'll want to return.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth the line up!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

They don't take reservations at this location in little Italy, but we arrived @ 4:00 and lined up till the doors opened @ 4:30. The food was amazing and the service even better. Prices were very good, we considered it very good value. When we came out the line up was around the corner and people patiently waiting to get in. This restaurant is a must on a visit to Boston.

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
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“Long wait, cash only, crowded place, amazing food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were prepared for the wait, so we started lining up about an hour before we planned to eat. We got in after about 40 minutes, which wasn't too bad after all. We had the fried calamari as an appetizer, which tasted fresh, even after being deep fried, which I thought was amazing. For the entree I had the shrimp and scallops with the giacomo sauce, and it was very tasty. My partner had the frutti di mare with the fra como sauce, and it was delicious. The amount of seafood was generous, the pasta was cooked to perfection, the sauce had a bit of a kick to it. Wouldn't mind coming back again. The only downside for me was the cash-only aspect of the place, which seemed a bit out of touch with the times. But if you're the kind of person who carries around lots of cash at all times, that won't be an issue.

Visited September 2013
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