Italian food was recently listed as the most popular cuisine in the world by the Daily Meal. In America, Italian food is the second most popular food choice. In its honor, Tasting Table recently named the 20 best Italian restaurants in the country. Giacomo’s in Boston was highlighted fifth on the list as Massachusetts’ best Italian restaurant.

Giacomo’s Boston

Nuzzled into the historic Hanover Street collection of restaurants, you will find Giacomo’s Ristorante. This North End favorite opened in 1985 and is renowned for its authentic dishes. In fact, it’s hard to find a Boston restaurant list without Giacomo’s name on it. USA Today‘s 10BEST also listed Giacomo’s.

Their menu is filled with many New England classics filled with flavor. A clam chowder appetizer or Lobster Roll are among the most popular items. From there they mix fresh seafood with pasta options. You can choose mussels or calamari with linguini or you can have both.

A separate section of the menu is dedicated to the sauces alone. There’s a pesto, fra diavolo, scampi, or a red sauce that is lobster based. Then there’s giacomo specialty sauce – lobster based red sauce with a touch of Béchamel cream. Or, a fracomo, which is a combination of our giacomo and fra diavolo sauces.

Linguini, Fettuccini and Ziti

Each pasta option is paired with a meat or fresh seafood mixed in.  In addition, each category of pasta often has a dish made with each of the aforementioned sauces. There are daily specials like the 1/2 lobster, clams and mussels over linguine, that give you more choices.

Their dining room has a Sunday evening dinner table feel, and they only accept cash. Their website immediately links to Tasting Table’s honor, and then you will read what they are truly all about, “Giacomo’s Ristorante is an Italian restaurant delivering excellent variations on the country’s traditional dishes. This is a family owned and operated establishment, which only further cements its status as one of the fixtures of the North End neighborhood.”

So, if you are looking for a great dinner spot not too far from the TD Garden for your pre-game Bruins or Celtics playoff meal, head over to Giacomo’s – Massachusetts best Italian restaurant that was named one of the 20 greatest in America.

Giacomo’s Boston at 355 Hanover Street is open seven days a week.

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