by Dennis Ko
Durham, North Carolina
August 12, 2005
A word of warning: Giacomo’s does not accept credit cards, so make sure you bring enough cash to foot the bill!
We arrived a little after 6pm and were seated without any wait. The place does fill up fast though, and on her last visit to this restaurant, my sister had to wait about an hour to get a table when they arrived at 8pm. The ambience is that of a trattoria, with the kitchen partially visible in the rear.
While perusing the menu, our waiter brought us some crusty bread complemented with olive oil. The menu has a lot of options, but the most popular is probably the seafood pasta. You can choose fettuccini with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops, or various permutations of these combinations. Then you have your choice of several sauces. We chose the zuppa di pesce with spicy fra diavolo sauce. The zuppa di pesce includes all the seafood mentioned above, along with a whole lobster! It was really quite delicious and nicely arranged on a huge platter. It’s priced at $39.95 for two people, but in reality, this dish by itself would have been enough to feed all four of us. As it happened, we ordered the lobster ravioli as well, had some leftovers, and left with no room for desert. The consensus at the table was that the ravioli was absolutely the best we’ve ever had, with large pieces of lobster within each bite and a delicious cream sauce.
Overall, we couldn't have been happier with the food and service. And even my sister had to admit that Boston didn't seem so bad that night.
From journal Convincing my sister to enjoy living in Boston