#11 Giacomo’s Boston, MA

This name just screams Boston. The place does as well. Giacomo’s is a wonderful Italian restaurant with two metro locations. I chose the slightly less popular southern locale. A good friend recommended I try it out. Giacomo’s bumped his status to “very good friend”. Pretty simple process at Giacomo’s. Sit down…order the calamari…and wait for heaven to arrive at your table in about ten minutes. What separates their calamari from others is the soft texture. I’m guessing the chefs utilize some sort of soaking mixture well before the battering and frying process. Whatever they do works! Two people in my party ordered the chicken parm. Looked pretty standard, and was met with rave reviews. Sara had the butternut squash raviolis. I tasted one. It was delicious but quite sweet…would do better as an appetizer. The only negatives about Giacomo’s have nothing to do with the food. If you are taking a date (make reservations), know it can be a bit loud. Also, this place is cash only. The prices are reasonable, but you may want to stop by an ATM to make sure you’re covered…just in case the wine consumption gets a little out of hand.