How to Beat the Lines at Giacomo’s Ristorante


Outside Giacomo’s in the South End.

Giacomo’s has a reputation for creative specials and reliably superb food at a very reasonable price point. The kicker is that the North End eatery always has a wait that often wraps around the block. In the rain, in the cold, on a Monday – you will wait. Make no mistake, your entire party must be present and no, you may not leave your phone number and come back later.

What if you could eat at Giacomo’s Ristorante without the wait? You can.

Giacomo’s Ristorante on Hanover Street in the North End has a sister location on Columbus Avenue in the South End. The menus are identical and in fact the South End location offers more variety. The specials are often different but  the Columbus Avenue eatery has three amenities you won’t find at the historic North End location:

  1. Reservations can be made via phone with a hostess.
  2. Coffee & dessert – think chocolate lava cake – mean no waiting in line at Mike’s or Modern.
  3. Valet parking is offered for $15.

Wherever you end up for dinner, remember that both Giacomo’s Ristorante locations are cash only so make sure to stop at an ATM.


Jason ordered a special – pappardelle pasta in a sweet braised pulled pork sauce. We’re sharing a bottle of the house Montepulciano.


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