2 Hours in Boston's Italian North End – Where Do You Go? Giacomo's.
If you’re ever in Boston and only have one night to spend, head to the North End. It’s the Italian section that’s not near any T subway stop, but a short walk from the uber touristy Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market area. If you’re taking the T, jump off at Government Center. Avoid the temptation to grab food there. You’re too close to much better food in the North End. Simply head away from the city and toward the ocean and ask someone to point you to Hanover Street.
If you’ve only got time for one meal, wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be standing in line at Giacomo’s Restaurant. Don’t call to make a reservation. They don’t take them. And be sure to hit the ATM first because they don’t take credit cards. No reservations? No credit cards? Yup. Deal with it.
Giacomo’s will be easy to spot because you’ll see a line. If you are standing with a view inside the restaurant, congratulations, your wait will only be about 20-30 minutes. If the line reaches the corner, plan on an hour to 90 minutes of wait time. You’ll inevitably wonder if it’s worth the wait. The answer should be obvious. The lines can be seen year round, even in winter when Boston temperatures drop to the single digits. They wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t worth the wait. But tourists will walk by you and shake their head. Their loss.
Enjoy. If you don’t have the time for the lines, you can’t go wrong in the North End. No place could afford the rent in this super expensive part of the city if their food wasn’t good. But Giacomo’s and Mike’s are where you should go if you only have one night in Boston.
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