The ambience of Bacco is very nice as well. The hostess always greets every party with a smile, and there is a very nice bar downstairs where patrons can enjoy a drink or two while waiting for their table to become ready. The martinis here are delicious. On busier nights, even if you have reservations, you could expect to wait up to an hour for a table to free up. If you're desperate and don't want to wait for an upstairs table, there is more casual (and noisy) seating area downstairs where they can accommodate quick dinners.
Upstairs the ambiance is nice as well, with the attention more set on formal dining than downstairs. The tables and booths are all very comfortable and are set up so that larger parties do not interfere with the intimate diners. The wait staff is very friendly and efficient. They also are very helpful in making suggestions as to what to try and what wine might compliment.
The prices at Bacco are reasonable for this area of the city, but exceptional once you factor in the quality of the food. Be sure to try this restaurant the next time you are in Boston's North End.
September 22, 2005
From journal Boston: Adventures in the North End