As the snowflakes slowly tapered off, we found ourselves craving a warm, hearty, red-sauce meal...made our way to Giacomo's, in the South End, where we had a delicious meal at a really reasonable price. Started out with 2 glasses of chianti; nothing special but really easy to drink..and even more easy to swallow at just $4.50/glass. Hard to find those sort of prices anymore for a glass of wine.
Shared the "small" caesar salad for $5 which was anything but small, certainly enough for 2 people to share.
I got the chicken parmesan, came on a large plate, a thin breast of chicken covered in red sauce with plenty of melted mozzerella cheese. Really good and served with a side of perfectly al dente pasta w/red sauce. Dining companion got Linguine Puttesesca; perfect balance of tomatoes, capers, olives, with subtle anchovy flavor. This simple dish was done well.
Service was perfectly fine; we walked in there around 5:30 on a Sunday and there were just a few other tables occupied. By the time we left, close to 7, it was starting to fill up.
I always forget how much I like it here. No, it's not mind-shattering but it's simple, basic, good, red-sauce Italian. If that's what you're looking for, (and you're not up for the trip to the North End) I think it's a great choice.