Located in the fabled "Little Italy" section of Boston, Giacomo's is centraly located on the main strip in the North End. It's easy to find and best reached by parking at the commons and taking the T. They don't open till five but it is best to get there by four thirty. You may have to wait in line even then but the line is usually part of the fun of the evening.

Once you get inside you will see a crowded but jovial atmosphere with an open kitchen where you can see the food being prepared.  On the wall is a large blackboard showing the specials for the night. The service is superb, although you can feel a little rushed if you let yourself feel that way. The servers are knowledgable, courteous and competent. The menu is mostly Italian seafood dishes with some interesting curveballs like pumpkin tortellini and fried calamari with peppers and veal parmesean is very good. Their wine list is excellent and cokes are served in small 8 oz bottles.

This is a very homey place with a family atmosphere. The tables are close together which depending on your mood can be very cool or very irritating as it lends itself to conversation with interesting strangers. The food is well-prepared and presented with your server showing attention to detail by not bringing everything out together.  Also for those not counting calories  it is worth mentioning that it is only a short walk to Mike's Pastry for a fantastic dessert.