Review of: Giacomo's Ristorante: 355 Hanover St. Boston, MA
At first glance, the Italian restaurant Giacomo's is a cash-only, small, overly cramped, tight, and old fashioned place. However, don't let any of those words fool you... The minute you taste your meal, you'll forget about all of that.
When you first arrive, if at all close to dinner time, you will need to wait outside in an orderly line (even on week nights). There are no reservations, no putting your name in ahead of time, it is simply a wait-your-turn ordeal. So point being, expect to wait. But I can assure you, it will be well worth it.
So let's get to the review...
This may be the sole negative of the entire place. Like I mentioned, it is incredibly small. You will be bumping elbows and legs with other customers. As you sit within inches of them. But, again, once you begin to eat... it is as if that all goes out of the window. And to its credit, for such a small place they can fit a decent amount of hungry stomachs in there. Score: 7.3/10
This is an old school place. The Italian vibe feels very genuine. Walking in, you can tell that you are in for a first-class meal. That said, dining there is no black tie or fancy event. You can wear anything from a suit (said black tie) to a t-shirt and jeans without being remotely judged or feeling out of place. This is the perfect place for a special date or even dinner with a couple of friends. Again, it would be hard to feel out of place. The one negative that I could pick up on was this sense of knowing this is not the place you eat and hang around at for a while afterwards. It is clear that there is this unwritten rule of eating your great meal, and then parting ways. Score: 8.6/10
The service was great. Our waitress was attentive, even though she had what seemed to be a million other tasks on hand. With dozens of other customers around, you will still feel like it is about YOU. Which is great. Score: 9.4/10
There is not an incredible selection at Giacomo's, sadly. However, I would not hold it against them. They have all of your typical go-to's in terms of food/drink. But if you are feeling like trying a beer you've probably never had before, this is not the place. As far as food goes, you won't find anything crazy, but you will find your Chicken Parm, Eggplant Parm, and such. Note, they also offer specials. The selection is not large, but it covers all of the bases. Score: 8.5/10
Now, the moment you have all been waiting for, the food. If you couldn't tell by the rest of this review, the food was amazing. I had the Chicken Parm (seen above). This was most definitely one of the best Chicken Parm dishes I have had in my life, if not the best. Best of all, the food came within a few minutes (10 min max) of ordering. From the look of the place, I was not expecting such a fast process of making the dish. The chicken was perfectly cooked. Incredibly tender with just a tad of crispy bread crumbing. The sauce was magnificent, as was the cheese. The pasta that was served with mine tasted alright. However, I don't believe it was house-made, as it was not technically a pasta dish. The second image displays the fusilli which was a house-made choice and tasted great. This meal exceed my already high expectations, and it did so by a large margin. Score: 9.6/10
Giacomo's Average Score 8.7/10
Worded Score: Incredibly tasty and filling. An overall must-try place.