2004 Best Italian Restaurant, Affordable

Giacomo’s South End location is just like its bustling counterpart on Hanover Street, only without the tourists lined up at the door. Affable co-owner John Taglieri makes guests feel at home as waiters whisk perfectly seasoned pasta dishes and sophisticated dinner specials to their tables. Portions are generous, so sharing is advised—particularly if you plan on taking advantage of another feature that makes this red-sauce joint stand out from most of its North End rivals: It serves dessert, including a killer tiramisu.

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