Menu for Giacomo's Northend Restaurant

Appetizers
fried calamari- small 7 ,large 10
broccoli-sauteed in garlic and oil 6
mozzarella marinara 5
mussels-choice of sauce : pesto,fra diavolo,red,giacomo or scampi 9
garlic bread 3
caprese salad-bufala mozarella,fresh tomato,basil and virgin oil 9
house salad 4
caesar salad-small 5 , large 9
antipasto-provolone cheese,sopressatta,bresola,roasted peppers,
stuffed peppers and vinegar marinated vegetables 10
Marsalas and Parmigianas
served with a side of pasta in a marinara sauce
chicken marsala with proscuitto and mushrooms 14
chicken parmigiana 14
veal marsala with procuitto and mushrooms 15
veal parmigiana 15
House Special
Zuppa di pesce - for two-shrimp,scallops,calamari,clams,mussels and lobster,
served over lingiune with your choice of sauce :pesto,fra diavolo,red,
giacomo or scampi 55
-with a bottle of wine 65
Grilled
served with fresh grilled vegetables and a side of pasta in a marianara sauce
swordfish steak 18
salmon fillet 18
tuna steak 18
Entrees
served over linguine with your choice of sauce: pesto,fra diavolo,red,giacomo or scampi
mussels or calamari 14
mussels and calamari 15
clams 15
mussels and clams 16
scallops 15
shrimp 15
shrimp and scallops 16
frutti di mare-shrimp,scallops,calamari,clams and mussels 19
Fettuccini
with swordfish and tuna pieces in a pesto cream sauce 15
with salmon and sundried tomatoes in a tomato cream sauce 15
with chicken,peppers and onions in a tomato cream sauce 14
with proscuitto and peas in a garlic cream sauce 14
Ziti
with shrimp,scallops and broccoli in a garlic cream sauce 16
with chicken and shrimp in a pesto cream sauce 15
with chicken and broccoli in a garlic cream sauce 14
Ravioli
lobster ravioli with diced tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce 16
butternut squash ravioli with diced asparagus in a proscuitto,mascarpone cheese cream sauce 15
Vegetarian
eggplant parmigiana with a side of pasta in a marianara sauce 14
fusilli siciliana with eggplant,onions and mozzarella cheese in a plum tomato sauce 14
pumpkin tortellini in a fresh sage mascarpone cheese sauce 14

101 comments:

  1. Giacomo's tops my list of North End Italian restaurants! Everything I've tried has been absolutely delicious, but my favorite dishes are the pumpkin tortellini and butternut squash ravioli. The giacomo sauce is another winner, especially when paired with any of the fresh seafood offerings.

    Just be sure to arrive early... there's almost always a line down the block.

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    1. Gotta be my vegan daughter-in-law..........Craig

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    2. My new friend, the best atmosphere, service, and dinners by far #1. Linda Clay

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  2. If anyone knows the name for the $16 sauv blanc they serve PLEASE email me, we loved it and forgot to make note of the name crystalpowell AT gmail DOT com

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  3. Food is good but better order take-out. The service is lacking and the fact they add 18% gratuity to a party of 5 or more is ridiculous. They also only accept cash - don't know who does this these days except street vendors.

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    1. you are a cheap dick if 18% gratuity is "ridiculous"

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    2. If you tip less than 18% I wouldn't want to wait on you you cheapskate.

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    3. An 18% gratuity for parties of 5 or more is not ridiculous. It's standard practice. You should stick with Dairy Queen.

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    4. Standard practice is adding gratuity to parties of SIX or more, not FIVE. YOU'RE the idiot....

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    5. Cheapscate. Go to Olive Garden

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    6. The waitresses work very hard for their earnings and for a party of five or more to have an automatic 18% gratuity added to the bill seems completely acceptable to me. I honestly don't understand the problem with this policy unless there was some problem with a meal then the establishment should have been given the opportunity to rectify the issue.

      Mark

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    7. I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't tip at least 20% so I still have to add tip to the bill at only 18%.

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    8. Think for yourself. 20% if the service is good. 5% if they suck.

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    9. Restaurants with lines out the door every night can go cash only. This is an old school place with old school rules. Nobody is forcing you to eat there...

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    10. My mother was a waitress and told me to tip 15% for standard service and higher for better service. Waitstaff work hard (and there are many jerky customers), but too many feel entitled to tips for just doing their job

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    11. Your mother must have been a waitress in the 1950's. A 15% tip has not been a good tip in a very long time especially when Uncle Sam assumes I make a 17% tip on my sales. Therefore, when you only leave $15 on a $100 check, Uncle Sam assumes I made $17 and taxes me accordingly. 18 to 20% is standard these days. I agree if you have a problem with the service, you should speak to a manager but unless they were downright rude, I would never leave less than 18%.

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    12. I like the added gratuity, saves time and making change etc

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    13. the problem these days is the wait staff thinks the tip is just given not earned. you only tip if the service is worth tipping.

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    14. Every one should wait tables at some point in their lives. I'm sure a lot of people would not have written what they did. Wait staff do not get paid minimum wage. The government determines what they are taxed at 17% tips. At 17% they are making minimum wage. "You only tip if the service is worth tipping" is an uniformed and ignorant response. Was it the wait staff's fault if the food was late? What about the chefs' - the sous chef - the hostess who doesn't seat in a timely fashion, thus putting the wait person in the weeds. Do not comment on tipping unless you have waited tables. If you haven't played the game, don't make the rules.

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    15. LOLOLOLOLOL...I am from NYC 20% is standard, moving on!!!

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  4. Giacomos is my favorite restaurant in the North End. I get the same thing every time; the linguini with shrimp and Giacomo sauce. I always want to try something new, but I refuse because I am so impressed with this dish. Don't complain about the line as it is part of the whole Giacomo experience. I've had some nice conversations with strangers in line. I have no urge to go to any other restaurant in the North End as long as Giacomos is there :)

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  5. enjoyed the food! will definitely come back!

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  6. My youngest daughter turns 21 Sunday and all she wants is a nice Italian dinner. That shows smarts and class picking Giacomo's.We'll be 6 or 8 so I hope we'll be first in line. See you there and wish her Happy Birthday. Thanks from a proud Dad

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  7. We'll be in town for Thanksgiving...any plans for a traditional turkey lunch/dinner that day?
    Thanks

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    1. Are you nuts, this is an Italian restaurant. Have the Zuppa de Pesce and forget the dried out turkey

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  8. Sorry....no....plans on a Thanksgiving special menu...

    Cosmin

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  9. Are you taking reservations still for Thanksgiving day?

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  10. Unfortunately we as the rest of the country like to spend the Thanksgiving day with friends and family drinking and trying to cook the turkey the best way possible and get a break from restaurant work ...we're also closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day...

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    1. Hello. Are you also closed on New year's day?

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  11. Is this menu the same for valentines day? Really want to go for v-day. Thanks for the info.

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  12. Yes,the menu will be the same...don't know about the day's specials ...it's up to the chefs ...

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  13. My kids like Olive Garden better

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    1. You should move back to Arkansas.

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    2. Your kids must not be Italian

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    3. This supercillious attitude relating to Arkansas is so East Coast. You probably bash WalMart too ? You also probably voted for Bill, and will for Hillary. Gotchya !

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    4. WalMart is an evil corporation that not only exploits workers overseas, but the ones in its direct employment. I hope they DO bash WalMart.

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  14. Heard so much about the North Ebd Restaurant from my (new)step daughter. Think we'll dress warm and enjoy our first anniversary with you.

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  15. The line outside had twice the people in it than people who could fit in the restaurant... I'm thinking these people are really devotees. The wait for the end of the line must have been a couple hours... it was 8pm and 33 degrees outside.I've been here before and it was good, perhaps it has become spectacular since then.

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  16. IS THE RESTAURANT OPEN ON EASTER SUNDAY?

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  17. Yes,both restaurants are open on Easter Sunday!

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  18. I'm coming to Boston to run the marathon. My daughter (5) is coming with me. Do you have any kind of kid's menu-or can she just get a smaller portion of a simple pasta/marinara dish?

    Thank you!

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    1. Unfortunately there's no kids menu...but we are accommodating kids with sides of pasta ...the easy one would be the zitti marinara...depending how busy the kitchen is...they could do zitti with butter...have fun in Boston!

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  19. do you have a room to accommodate about 20 people?

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    1. The whole restaurant has about 30 seats...sorry but there's no room for a party that size...but...if you're willing to break up into four tops,three tops and two tops you can fit in...

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  20. Do you have any gluten free pasta dishes

    Thanks

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  21. We walked down Hanover while visiting Boston and noticed the line...figured it must be a good place to eat so we went there the next night. It did not disappoint...had the pumpkin tortellini...amazing! It was fun to watch the cooks too. One disturbing thing...when we left, we lingered outside long enough to put our coats on. We heard a little disturbance behind us. Apparently the waitress went after some customers asking what was wrong with the meal/service. The customers looked bewildered. She went on to explain that it was customary to leave a larger tip than she received if the food/service was good. I found that to be a bit nervy. I understand that it is customary to leave tips for servers and that they count on it but it is not required. She should have been thanking them...not complaining to them or better yet, just left it alone...let the tail go w/the hide and focus on the next customers. If I had been standing in line waiting to get in, I most likely would have left. My tips are thank yous and should not be expected (and I did leave a 20% tip for our waiter by the way).

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    1. Totally agree. Customer is in charge of the tip. Any expectation is based on entitlement attitude. Thanks for thinking for yourself.

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  22. does this restaurant have beer, wine and dessert?

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    1. The Northend location doesn't have dessert ...just wine and beer and good food...

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  23. Are you taking reservations for mother's day this Sunday?

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    1. The Northend location does not take reservations at all...first-come, first-served service policy...

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  24. Do you take credit cards? What time does the line start to form?

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  25. No...sorry ...no credit cards ....the line during the week can start around 4:30 ish...on holidays and the weekend a little early ...some days you can walk in with no line at all...

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  26. I know that there are no gluten-free pasta dishes. Is there anything on the menu that is gluten-free?

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  27. You can find some gluten free dishes in the northend restaurant ...the broccoli sautee,mussels, caprese,salads,the grilled fish is served over grilled vegetables and you can skip the side of pasta,and you can try the seafood dishes without the pasta ...
    Make sure you let your server know about your allergies.

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  28. I had the most amazing Italian food of my life here! Can't wait to come back to Boston and eat here again!

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  29. It wouldn't be a visit to Boston without an amazing dinner at Giacomos. We eat here every time we visit from North Carolina. Amazing food, great service - home run! When we were there in July, the couple in front of us was from the town next to us. They had heard about the restaurant from some friends...turns out it was mutual friends that we had told about the restaurant - small world!

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  30. Just stopping by to say "hi" & I can't wait to get down that way. A couple of friends took a trip down for dinner last week, so now I have the craving! Is Rose still around? Please tell her that Paul Appleton's, Daughter Robin, says "hello from NH". :)

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  31. Yes,Rose is still around...I will let her know about your post,maybe she will replay to you on the blog

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  32. Giacomo's Northend restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants.

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  33. How late are you open? I have an overnight in Boston on Friday 10/5 and hope to get there for dinner. It would be just me (one person) -- I know your place is small, but i've been dreaming of your lobster ravioli for 2 years (last time I was there).

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  34. on Fridays kitchen closes at 10:30

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  35. Does the South End location take reservations or take credit cards?

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  36. Yes for reservations, no for credit cards

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  37. My Boyfriend and I, just loved Giacomo's.... We drive over 2 hours just to eat their.... and we just can't get enough of it... just amazing.

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  38. We will be staying in Back Bay area this week...is it better for us to go to the South End? Is the food/menu the same as the North End?

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  39. The southend restaurant is a good choice, there's a few dishes that are not on the menu but you can try both restaurants as the northend is 10 minutes away on a cab...also the menus for the restaurants are listed on the blog so you can compare

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  40. I am getting into boston around 930 on a friday night and I love Giacomos. Do I have a chance to get seated in the north end restaurant if I arrive around 10pm? or is there usually still a line at that hour?

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  41. If you're a lucky man you might get in with a little wait in line ...Fridays are busy days for the Northend...usually it might be a 20-30 minutes wait...but if you get in line at 10 you will be seated...the line gets cut off at 10:30

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  42. Well we are from Vancouver, B.C., and are stranded in Portland, Maine compliments of Hurricane Sandy. The earliest we can get out is from Boston, so we hope to be able to get into the restaurant this time!!! We didn't have CASH on last time, but will make sure we do this time :)

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  43. Spent yesterday in Boston, saw the line for Giacomo, and a similar line at the M. bakery across the street (which I really don't understand). Is Giacomo really THAT good, and for those of us not willing to line up for 30-60 minutes, which are the next best Italian restaurants in the North End?

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  44. We were in Boston attending a conference and visited the North End. We were given Giacomo's as a reference from a young lady who walked past us as we exited our taxi. What a wonderful small, but intimate place. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and the service was great. Run, don't walk to this great part of the USA at the North End in Boston. Love, Angela from Montana xo

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  45. Do you take reservations? From the comments it sounds like you are a small place. I need to make a reservation for 14 people.

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    1. No reservations for the Northend Restaurant,it operates on a first come first served policy .Yes the place is small and a party of 14 is harder to accommodate since the whole place has 13 tables...but if you don't mind the southend location you can give us a call at 617.536.5723 and the hostess will let you know if a party of that size could be accommodated.it will be harder to do that on a weekend day as the weekends are booked in advance by our customers

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  46. Is it possible to call in an order to go?

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  47. Yes,both restaurants do take out

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  48. Hey, I don't see it on the menu, but I'm jones'n for lasagna--do they serve it?

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes...not regularly in the menu...but it runs as a special whenever the chef thinks lasagna...

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  49. I visited the restaurant for the first time this Past Saturday from a recommendation at Faneuil hall. The line was at the end of the building. We were told that it was about a 45 minute wait. While we weren't starving and the recommendation said it was worth it we decided to stay.

    I am a picky person. I like things the way I cook. If I spend a dollar at a restaruant I want it perfect. After all I consider myself a good cook and if I have to pay it should "WOW" me....

    All that said. I do not think I will EVER go to another restaurant in the North End. Once you find perfect you can not get better and Giacomos was every bit worth the hour and 20 minute wait. The server was great. The food was great. The wine was great. The ... you get the picture.

    Prepare yourself for a Food Adventure that your taste buds will thank you for

    Mic - Middleboro

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  50. Hi. I heard a lot of amazing things about Giacomos. I was wondering if you guys offer a whole wheat/ whole grain pasta? Thanks.

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    1. Hi! Sorry no whole wheat /grain pasta in our menu right now.

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  51. Is there typically a line mid-week for (hopes of) dining at 4:30, right when you open?

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    1. Usually yes...are you a lucky person?

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  52. i like your post.. very nice and interesting..

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  53. I am a 'sauce' person....I don't see much in the discussions above about the sauce...could someone tell about the real marinara sauce? Thank you!

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  54. The most amazing food anywhere! I moved to Florida but when I come to visit, I gladly wait in line. LOVE this place!!!!

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  55. This place was so worth the wait! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and reasonably priced!

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  56. From one restaurant to another - We LOVE Giacomo's. The best, most fresh, and most delicious food in Boston's North End! :)

    Jackie
    Prince Pizzeria & Catering

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  57. Does the Giacomo's make and carbonara dishes? My Mom wants to take me out to the North End this Saturday for my birthday. Checked out Yelp, and you have a great rating.
    Lastly what time should I get in line Saturday for dinner to avoid to long of a wait?

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  58. The menu is listed right at the top of the page so that anyone can understand the dishes that the restaurants serve...so clearly you didn't spent the time to look...try again...when you're going to sit down at the table and you will not going to bother to read the menu and ask again ,I hope the server will ask you to do what I just did...there's a pretty tasty carbonara across the street at Panza,though...as for timing...the line starts to grow around 4:20-4:30...if you're first in line,it's your lucky birthday!

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  59. What's the deal with wine at this restaurant? Do they have a wine list, or can one bring their own??

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    1. The restaurant serves wine and beer,you can't bring your own anymore...

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  60. With the tomato red background it is hard to see the options listed on the right.

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  61. Does anyone know if you can call for a gift certificate and use a credit card to pay for it?

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    1. No...the restaurants don't have the means to process the sale...sending a check with a self addressed envelope will do...

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  62. How long of a line will there be if I arrive at 7:30-8:00 this Friday.

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