Giacomo’s Ristorante (#28)
355 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
February 18, 2017
First of all: HAPPY 17TH TO MY BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING SISTER LOGAN!♥Much love for you, and so happy we could spend the day together!
So, if you are at all familiar with Boston’s North End, you should have heard of Giacomo’s. It’s essentially the place that everyone goes to and absolutely raves about. We waited in line for about 45 minutes, which I think is quite short compared to what most people wait for this famous North End stop. Many people will begin lining up before 4pm, and the restaurant doesn’t even open its doors until 4:30/5! We started around the corner, and luckily made it in after the first diners finished their meals.
I wouldn’t say come here if you get overwhelmed super easily- with only about 12 tables this is the coziest restaurant I’ve ever been in. Its packed, and they keep it that way. Constant bustle, hustle and screaming is heard from the staff as orders are shouted and words like “what do ya want” or “salute” ring throughout. The wait staff is super experienced – ours had been there for over 20 years and he doesn’t take any crap let me tell you. Yes, he may be a little over bearing, somewhat touchy, and maybe even a little demanding and come off as rude, but I’d just say he’s your typical Italian Bostonian. I guess you have to have thicker skin to survive your meal here.
Honestly, I loved the atmosphere, maybe besides feeling a tad rushed, but overall it just felt super Italian, but not the Italy Italian–def the Soprano American Italian version.
We started with a few appetizers. Logan and I split the caprese salad which also had some roasted red peppers and olives on the dish, which I loved. My mom had a side caesar salad which was quite a big starter salad and good. My dad ordered some garlic bread for the table, which I thought was good but not superb like the rest of the meal. The bread they hand out is super super super good–so fresh and crusty.
Then for the main course, Logan and I both got the Frutti di mare over Linguine in the Fra Diavolo sauce. We both loved ours. I also liked how there was a variety of different dishes and you could choose from 5 different sauces so everyone could find something they would like.
My mom ordered chicken, broccoli over ziti in the garlic cream sauce, which was similar to an alfredo cream sauce. She liked it, but was stuffed from the caesar salad.
My dad ordered the chicken and shrimp over the ziti with the pesto cream sauce. I tried a bite and loved it. Super rich, great flavor-and the pesto-just wow.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay gluten free at this restaurant as there weren’t any gluten free options for the dish I wanted- I just really wanted to try the frutti di mare. oh well. I think there were some options such as the Swordfish steak or a few others, but I was willing to go against the plan. It was worth it.
Reminder: Giacomo’s is cash only. But the prices are super reasonable- we left spending $120 having two courses each and the portions are great size. And that’s also including a 25% tip…our waiter must walk away with so much money at the end of the night-but he deserves it!
So, in conclusion I would highly recommend Giacomo’s if you don’t have to wait a super long time in line, or if its a really nice day out. Otherwise, I would probably say this is a great place, but you can definitely find a meal just as good elsewhere, as all of my blogposts have proved thus far.
I’m super happy to have crossed it off the list, and was super happy with my meal- but am also looking forward to a calmer, nicer waiter next trip to the North End.
Food: 5/5 Super super good, no complaints.
Service: 4.5/5 Very attentive and good, but like I said…slightly rude and off-putting.
Atmosphere: 4.5/5 for me, I’d say for the average person it’d probably be a 3/5 because it is so crowded and a little overwhelming. But I loved the exposed brick and chalk board menus.
Price: $$ Most dishes were $12-25 for dinner and apps were $4-$12 (very good for dinner in the North End)
Overall: 5/5 Yes, I’m confirming with Yelp, Tripadvisor and the other various food critic sites, this place does deserve that rating.