431 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Bland, Flavorless, and Wannabe-Hip
Trendy folks don't go to Giacomo's. Folks who think they're trendy do. \r
That was my first impression when I walked into this small, cramped, begging-to-be-cool restaurant. First off, they ""kinda"" take reservations. They say they don't, but they encourage you call 30 minutes before you come just to see what's up. That's what I did, but by the time my party of 6 got there they wanted me to wait 90 minutes to eat. 90 minutes? It's a restaurant with lots of customers who all started eating at different times... how could it take 90 minutes? Anywayz, I heard a lot about this place so I slipped the hostess a 20 and got a table in 10 minutes. \r
The Food --- below decent. I got the Lemon Fettucine. And it was bland. Barely lemon. It was like drinking some of your mom's lemonade concentrate out of the frozen can, only she poured too much water in the pitcher. People in my party ordered the pumpkin tortellini, and the beef tenderloin. Those were a little better, but definitely nothing worth waiting in a line for more than 10 seconds for.\r
Look, when I go out to eat, I'm trying to experience food and flavors that I can't make at home. If you boil some tortellini, or pour lemonade over fettucini... big deal. I can do that in my kitchen - where it's quieter. \r
There's better food in the north end. Go there. But if you're cheap, and lazy, and don't want to buy a $2 package of pasta and a $3 can of tomato sauce, then Giacomo's on Columbus is the perfect place for you!