Trattoria Pulcinella
Trattoria Pulcinella

Trattoria Pulcinella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriapulcinella.net/
  • Phone: 617-491-6336
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giovanni Oliva
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.
  • Private Party Contact: Giovanni 617-851-0371

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: From Harvard Sq. take the 72 bus or the 75 and stopped in the corner of Concord Ave. and Huron Ave. We are next to CITGO gasoline station
A word from Trattoria Pulcinella
Trattoria Pulcinella is a nice family run business; we offer a lot of specials from our native Italy, like Wild boar prosciutto cured in the house, lamb, veal and fish's imported from Mediterranean sea. BUON APPETITO
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Trattoria Pulcinella reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)romantic (10)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (4)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • The food was very well prepared
    Food4goodVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    The food was very well prepared and tasty. A nice assortment of items. This is a small italian restaurant that I have been to several times over the years. It has consistently good quality food and general creativity. The wait staff is attentive and very pleasant. I would really recommend this find!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Reliable for a lovely meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Reliable for a lovely meal with teenage children and up. The food is prepared simply and well. Attentive service.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic sounther Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/24/2012
    Authentic sounther Italian cuisine doesn't get much better than this. Pulcinella conjures up authetic Sicilian food without invoking the red-sauce cliche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A quaint, quiet neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    A quaint, quiet neighborhood spot with very solid, tasty Italian food. We spent three years in the West Village of Manhattan and were very spoiled by the Italian options in our neighborhood. Being back in Cambridge, we found Italian options very lacking, so this was a really nice find.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • The vongole my wife ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    The vongole my wife ordered was good, though a little too salty. My veal chop was outstanding! My daughter's spinach ravioli was outstanding! The service and ambience were the best.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great ambiance and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Great ambiance and the food and service were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant!
    DorothyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    We were here to celebrate a special occasion (daughter's college graduation) and were with a large party. The food was great but the friendly atmosphere added to the evening--it was like being at a party!!! The next table sent us a bottle of champagne and the owner sent us limoncello. The atmosphere added to the joyous celebration. I have been here on other occasins and each time have enjoyed the food and the ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    The food at Pulcinella is always excellent. I had the chicken scaloppine which was moist and tasty. The spinach side dish was very good. We have had the lasagna in the past, which was excellent. This time, my husband had the ravioli which he said was good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rediscovered Neighborhood Gem
    Luv2cookVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    My husband and I used to take our daughter to Pulcinella for dinner often as it was near her primary school, but had stopped when she graduated. We discovered it again this weekend and it was as good as we remembered! Better than many of the North End Italian restuarants. My husband had grilled artichokes and the Baby Clam linguine. I had the Carpaccio and the Lobster Raviolli. All four dishes were deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked. The pasta is homemade. The ingredients were so fresh. It will become one of our go-to neighborhood restuarants again
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • i was stunned at how bad the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    i was stunned at how bad the food was. I ordered * Cuori di Carciofi con salsa di capperi e cipolle di Tropea (Grilled artichokes served with capers, parsley, lemon and tropea red onions)$12 for an appetizer and got two CANNED artichokes cut in half and some onions for $12. I ordered the special - scallops stuffed with spinach and bread crumbs, could hardly find or taste the scallops and they were smothered in bread crumbs. The* La Classica Melenzana alla parmigiana (Layers of eggplant stuffed with mozzarella, basil, parmigiano and tomatoes) 12 - you couldn't even taste the eggplant..it was mush. And artichoke pasta with shrimp - the pasta was tasteless. For 3 people, $110 (including 3 glasses of wine.) Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    I found this place entirely average. It was decent but nothing over the top. Not sure if it's worth the price, and I don't especially feel the need to go back, but try it and see for yourself.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tuna was oversalted, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    The tuna was oversalted, as were the vegetables. I was eager to try this restaurant and was not impressed. Although it has a nice neighborhoody feel, the three small children at the table next to ours cried or jumped up and down next to their seats, which was noisy and distracting. I won't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a lovely place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    Just a lovely place to go to have great food and a relaxed conversation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pulcinella offers an excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    Pulcinella offers an excellent range of Italian dishes from hors d'oeuvres to entrees to desserts. Among their special hors d'oeuvres of the day are delicate stuffed zucchini blossoms and a sumptuous chopped eggplant dish. Classic dishes include an ample salad with balsamic vinaigrette and the fish of the day, as well as an array of pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like you're one of the family...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    Excellent Italian food with a friendly atmosphere. The staff really want to make your stay enjoyable. The restaurant is elegant without being stuffy. The staff knows the regulars and greeted them warmly. The restaurant felt like it was part of the community.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The services was first-rate,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    The services was first-rate, and the food was outstanding. The pricing was approproate, given the quality of the food and the portions. The proprietor took special care to make sure all diners were completely satisfied.
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  • I had such a nice dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    I had such a nice dinner at Trattoria Pulcinella. The service was great. The food was wonderful. This is a local place that that welcomes visitors. My friends and I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every time we go, we are pleasantly
    AmyG
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Every time we go, we are pleasantly greeted by Giovanni or the server and it's just a nice experience from start to finish. Their specials are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff/owners were very
    hatenicknames
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    The staff/owners were very helpful and attentive. When I asked for a glass of a sweet whitewine, they opened a bottle for me, which was delicious.It was not too busy and we were able to sit and talk as long as we wished without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful, genuinely Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Delightful, genuinely Italian trattoria. Be sure to try the daily specials, but don't ignore the regular menu either. We shared zucchini blossoms stuffed with mozzarella and veg., a special, and my husband had succulent lamb chops, also from the specials list, while I had amazing veal braciolettine with the pasta of my choice--which is always on the menu. The portions are good, but we weren't too full for dessert:chocolate budino and creme caramel were both outstanding. Service is warm and welcoming: you leave feeling like an old friend. Only downside of this place is no dedicated parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really quite bad. There were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    Really quite bad. There were maybe 5 tables full in the restaurant for an 8pm reservation on saturday night. We still managed not to be even given menus for 20 minutes, until we flagged down the waiter. The food was cold when it came. This distracted from the fact that it was not very good. Our party of four got the pork, bucatini with baby octopus, lasagna, and ravioli. The actual pasta in each dish was good. The rest left much to be desired. Most of our party neglected to finish more than half their meal - but ate tons of bread instead. The coffee was cold. The only thing hot was the tea.
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  • Great food - the artichoke
    holley
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Great food - the artichoke appetizer was outstanding, and all of our party of four loved the various pasta dishes they chose. The restaurant is comfortable, charming, and quiet enough to talk (no canned music!). I intend to return as often as possible --
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Old North End on Huron Ave
    tallredVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    If this restaurant were a person, I would label him/her "eccentric." Old fashioned decor and not much atmosphere. Interesting menu, but the dishes served were not quite what was described (which can be OK in some cases). Shouldn't "grilled artichokes" be fresh, not out of a can? The sardines were terrific, though not prepared as on the menu. Ravioli special and veal tastes and textures were spot on delicious. Nice to see rabbit on the menu-- will try again with adventure in mind. Go check it out if you don't mind surprises.
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  • The food was delicious, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    The food was delicious, although my rabbit was a little dry (a very little, most people wouldn't notice) - still quite tasty, though. The service was very attentive, albeit a little disorganized: a woman cleared all our plates and flatware before we were finished with our appetizers, but she quickly brought new ones when she realized her error. I think our group was a little bigger than their norm, so that may have contributed to the confusion. This is a great date place, with a small, cosy atmosphere and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very disappointed in
    Dpd409
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    I was very disappointed in the lamb chop special and the salad, not very creative at all. The wine and beer list was very limited. The chairs are very uncomfortable. This was a birthday dinner was not allowed to bring in the cake from Rosie's bakery.
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  • The staff was completely overwhelme
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The staff was completely overwhelmed on Valentine's Day. We waited 30 minutes to order and another 30 minutes to get the eggplant appetizer which had obviously been prepared in advance. And this required asking the waiter where it was. And another 20 minutes for the entrees; again requiring prompting the waiter. Meanwhile others around us were being served; eating and leaving. No apology for any of the delay. They should at least have comped the wine. Unlikely that we will go back. And the gnocchi was too salty.
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  • Enjoyed our meal very much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Enjoyed our meal very much. Just one warning - do not plan on driving and parking near the restaurant. It was impossible to find a spot for our car. Very little meter parking on the main streets and everything else is resident only. Unfortunately, the parking situation would prevent us from returning. But if you are in walking distance, definitely try this place out. The food is very good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Fair service. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Good food. Fair service. My partner and I recently moved here and received a gift certificate from a friend. I made a 7:30 reservation, for which we were several minutes early. When we walked in, I saw one empty table that I thought must be ours. Another couple, with no reservation but who were friends with the owner, came in behind us and were seated right away. It was another five minutes or so before anyone came over to greet us. They said it would be just a few minutes. It was actually another forty minutes before we had a table and had the host not given us a glass of wine and an apology, we might have left. I had the stuffed veal, my partner had the polenta, and we shared the zucchini flowers as an appetizer. Yum!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice menu, good specials.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/30/2012
    Nice menu, good specials. portion's size was right. Service was prompt. All in all, a very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    We love this restaurant. Have been coming for many years, and it doesn't disappoint. If you want an authentic, unhurried dining experience where they are genuinely happy to to see that you enjoy your meal, in a place that will make you think you're in a small trattoria in Italy, you'll like Pulcinella. Poached pear, prosciutto and gorgonzola appetizer always terrific. Our party of four all enjoyed our shared appetizers and pasta course, as well as our entrees, which were a mix of specials and items on the regular menu (which I understand is changing imminently -- so we'll have to go back soon). Squisito!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the bright florescent lights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2012
    the bright florescent lights in the kitchen detracts from the ambiance.
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  • Perfect dinner on a January weekend
    ECW66VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    This is a small restaurant- 20 tables max.. where everything is cooked to order and delicious. The service is very personal and warm. The owner Giovanni oversees the entire operation, from the kitchen to the dining room. We split 2 appetizers for the 4 of us- the zucchini flower stuffed with mozzarella cheese was to die for, along with a salad- very nice. The osso bucco was a good portion size and very tasty, the veal bracciola was delicious. I had a whole roasted sea bream- very fresh and delicious. For dessert the tiramasiu and the panna cotta were just right. This place is a gem- love it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute Italian restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Cute Italian restaurant with good authentic food. Like dining in a Italy. Limited wine selection. Delicious fresh fish and lobster ravioli.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem in Cambridge with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Hidden gem in Cambridge with wonderful food and service (both of the owners served our table). We have been looking for a non-North End Italian restaurant for a while now and are incredibly glad we finally found one. The spaghetti and meatballs were delicious and I will return again and repeat my order. Only thing, your tab will be a bit more expensive than you may think for a quaint Italian dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    food was very good great find rabbit was particularly good very authentic pasta we will be back soon
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply, in our opinion, one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/21/2011
    Simply, in our opinion, one of the finest restaurants we have found in 15 years in Boston area.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    One of the best meals ever! Excellent wine... delicious pasta, fish, even the bread was delicious. Italian food with love and feeling.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our food was excellent (pasta,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    Our food was excellent (pasta, lasagna) and the servers were efficient but not pushy. Cute little restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delicious and fabulous evening
    YoginiVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    We had a fabulous evening to celebrate our anniversary. The host/waiter was friendly informative and attentive. The selections were interesting and tantalizing. The grilled fresh sardines were equal to those we had in Venice. Everything was delicious We event got a candle in our amazing triamisu and complementary port. The aromas from the open kitchen were delightful. The service was so great - very white tablecloth! The tables were a bit close for intimate conversation but those also lent for a chat about what was ordered. We had a wonderful experience and will return!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    Went out with a group of 5 which I think was a little much for the restaurant, but food was absolutely amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic