A few weekends ago, while visiting family in Boston, we were treated to an evening of wine, homemade Italian pastas and indulgent desserts in Boston’s North End.
The neighborhood was home to Italian immigrants in the late 1800 & 1900’s and the distinct culture and feel permeates every brick on every block. The charm of the fisherman’s feast street fair greeted us as we meandered through pedestrian streets, full of vendors selling fresh cannoli & pastries, Italian rice balls, and lots of other Italian goodies.
The street fair was a fun backdrop as we made our way to the main attraction – dinner at Giacomo’s Ristorante on Hanover Street. Giacomo’s came highly recommended from our host and as we watched the line behind us get longer and longer, we new we were in for a real North End treat. And, truly, yelp reviews don’t lie.
After about a 30 minute wait (at 5:30pm on a Friday, believe me, it gets much worse!), we made our way inside. The interior is quaint (read: tiny) and they pack that baby full – in a noninvasive, super friendly, “I’m eating at home with my closest 40 friends” kind of way. Our server treated us like old family friends and we were quickly explained the menu (for us newbies) and decided on a mozzarella and tomato appetizer that was deliciously fresh and flavored with a balsamic glaze that would literally turn any dish into an Italian masterpiece.
From the chalkboard menu, I chose the shrimp and scallops entrée, served over linguine with fra diavolo sauce. It was piping hot and just the right bit of spicy. The scallops were particularly well prepared. Well worth our short wait!
Once we were sufficiently full of pasta, we made our way a few more blocks down the street to Modern Pastry for espresso, tea and desserts!
The pastry counter was a tad overwhelming, but I knew I had a taste for a piece of the tiramisu. The bf settled on an eclair with a tart vanilla custard filling that was so good I’m considering ordering it right now from their online delivery shop!
I think it’s safe to say we had our fair share of touristy Italian food! Boston treated us well, as we rounded out our 24 hours in the city with a trip to Southie, a birthday party at Empire in Seaport, a Saturday stroll along Newberry Street and a lunch with friends at Joe’s. And then it was on to Framingham to spend some QT with the fam.
Boston, I love you. See you again soon!