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
30 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)romantic (13)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely traditional Italian
    adminlawprofVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    A lovely traditional Italian restaurant, perfect for a delicious, low-key evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice low key Italian place,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2011
    Nice low key Italian place, but a little over-priced for the level of food - probably because of the area
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Trattoria Pulcinella is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Trattoria Pulcinella is a solid B+. For a neighborhood spot, it's great. If you're looking for the best Italian around, some of the spots in the North-End are better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable. Fine, authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/6/2011
    Very enjoyable. Fine, authentic Italian food in a charming setting. Quiet and good for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been here before and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    We have been here before and chose to drive an hour and half for the experience. The food is outstanding, the place is quiet and the service is personal. Great recommendations on wine and desert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not fantastic but good, correct
    DomiVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    Not fantastic but good, correct value, very pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The cook Giovanni and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2011
    The cook Giovanni and the wait staff are attentive, pleasant to be around. The food is carefully and expertly prepared. A true gem in Cambridge
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still a Gem
    tastesbytwoVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2011
    We love this restaurant. The food is perfectly Italian - traditional, perfectly cooked, but a cut-above. The risotto is the best I have eaten. It is like eating in a favorite restaurant in Italy. You will not be dazzled, but will never be disappointed. The food is always delicious. It is a hideaway of the best kind! We have moved from the area, but go back every time we can - and have for 20 years!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trattoria Pulcinella is one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    Trattoria Pulcinella is one of our favorite restaurants, and this recent visit lived up to our expectations. Friendly service, great food, attention to dietary idiosyncracies. Not cheap -- expect to pay $100 or more for a dinner for two people (appetizers, entrees, bottle of wine) -- but worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very well prepared,
    PepperVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    The food was very well prepared, and it was fun to try new preparations. The pace was leisurely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food at Trattoria Pulcinella
    Localyokel
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    The food at Trattoria Pulcinella is almost always outstanding. The menu is unique and thoughtful and seems to represent what you would find at a typical southern Italian neighborhood restaurant. The wine list is thoughtful and bottles are usually priced very reasonably. There is a personal quality to the service because this is such a small place. Overall, I have returned many times and always find the experience rewarding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went here with my wife for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    I went here with my wife for dinner. This is a great little place! I am a hard reviewer, and tend to review things on the same scale, so while they aren't on par with Clio or Market, they offer tasty Italian food at good prices. The service is also very friendly. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Succulent food at Trattoria Pulcone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    My husband and I were visiting from Seattle and treid this restaurant because of its good reviews. We had the best dinner I have had in years. The food is intersting and absolutely delicious. We shared a baked pear/prociutto appetizer which was plenty for two. We were going to order two appetizers but our host said one would be plenty. I enjoyed the octopus linguine. We were considering whether to buy a bottle or glasses of wine and our host said he'd bring us two glasses of a good wine. He did and it was very good and he charged us very little for it. The restaurant is romantic and cozy, the service superb. If this was in my neighborhood I'd be there all the time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2011
    What a find. Needed to meet some out of town business collegues staying in that area of Cambridge. The ower's service was great, small size was comfortable and food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is absolutely fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    The food is absolutely fantastic and the ambience so wonderful - elegant but yet cozy. And the food is authentic Italian. Wonderful hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it. Unpretentious, wonderful
    JoLa
    Dined on 8/8/2011
    Love it. Unpretentious, wonderful food, and great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2011
    The food is delicious and the patrons treated with appreciation and respect. Sets the standard for a neighborhood restaurant because it is family owned and the cook is superb. The waiters express enjoyment at serving the patrons and we will always return to Trattoria Pulcinella for special occasions and also with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'd been wanting to try Trattoria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2011
    We'd been wanting to try Trattoria Pulcinella for a while and finally did - don't wait as long as we did - it was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was exactly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    This restaurant was exactly what I was hoping it would be, namely an authentic Italian experience. My Pennino Alla Matriciana was wonderful (the 'guanciale' was extremely tasty), and my wife loved her 'burrata' and fusilli & shrimp diavolo. And our waiter was super, telling us about the specials and recommending a liqueur at the end of the meal. But the authentic part of the experience? Our dining was not rushed! We were given all the time we wanted to make up our minds, to chat between courses, and to linger even after we'd finished our espresso. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Regular experience
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Neither I nor my date was very impressed. The food was good but unremarkable. Nothing like what we are used to experiencing at Bergamot, which is closer to us anyway. We won't go out of our way to dine there again.
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  • Wow, I went to the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2011
    Wow, I went to the restaurant with my family for a graduation celebration, and it was an amazing experience. The hostess truly made the experience; she was attentive and gave great wine recommendations (keeping budget in mind too). The food was unbelievable; I had the cognilio and the sauce was perfect, and the veal was so tender and perfectly cooked. Highly recommended, and the staff made this a wonderful memory.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely surprise to find this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2011
    Lovely surprise to find this charming restaurant with its gracious hosts and excellent food. The wild boar was especially delicious.
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  • we really enjoyed our evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2011
    we really enjoyed our evening - great food and charming staff who very attentive but not intrusive
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What an absolutely charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2011
    What an absolutely charming restaurant! Sorry I waited so long to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    The food at Trattoria Pulcinella was good, but probably not worth the price. The bread served before the meal was a bit dry. I had the lamb shank when I visited. It was very tender, but the overall flavor did not stand out. Service wise, our waiter was very careless when refilling out water. He managed to splash water outside of our glasses every visit without fail. Otherwise, the service was gracious, but this peculiarity was fairly annoying and memorable. Overall, I judge that we could of had a better experience elsewhere.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous and unusual food
    Rich
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Fabulous and unusual food selections. Appetizers are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food! Made me think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Delicious food! Made me think we were back in Italy, though the desserts were slightly better than okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our group of 7 enjoyed a lovely,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2011
    Our group of 7 enjoyed a lovely, relaxed dinner at Trattoria Pulcinella. Zucchini soup, gnocci and pasta Bolognese got enthusiastic reviews and the grilled whole Bronzini was outstanding. We were welcomed warmly and felt like family friends by the end of our meal. We'll definitely return to this fine family-run restaurant and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ciao Bella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    We love this little gem. The long time owners work very hard to create a special ambiance. Like the best of Italy, the food is handmade and bears the creative stamp of someone who cares, and who cooks for both health and pleasure. The wine list is amazingly good and inexpensive. We love the Barbera, in particular. And the frozen lemon sorbet (in a hollowed out lemon!) is worth factoring into your dinner orders. Somehow, the feel of the place promotes happiness and good conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A definite neighborhood gem.
    waiter12VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2011
    A definite neighborhood gem. Not all of Boston's better Italian restaurants are in the North End.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have always enjoyed dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/11/2011
    We have always enjoyed dining at this little gem in Cambridge. The owners take care to choose the best ingredients and the resulting dining experience is excellent. Last time I had the wild boar again and my wife had spinach Raviolli. Both were excellent. The appetizers of shellfish with chickpeas and the baby octopuss salad were delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first time to this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    It was our first time to this restaurant. The food was good, but rather expensive. We ended up spending way more than we expected, as the items added up quickly. The specials were priced rather high and we weren't really paying attention. There are other restaurants local that you can get a much better value.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been passing by this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I've been passing by this place since high school, and have thought to myself that some day I must try this. 10 years later, I finally have. The Ambiance was nice, as I expected. The boar tenderloin in an espresso sauce was quite unique and very tasty! I was disappointed with the spaghetti carbonara, though. At $22 for a small amount of pasta, I expected it would be delicious. Despite all the fat and grease in the carbonara, it came out tasting not so good. This place was quite pricey for the food and experience, but was nice nonetheless. I probably won't go back because for the same amount of money I'd rather go somewhere nicer with good service. I went on Valentine's day, and there were only 2 servers for 20 tables!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is traditional Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    The food is traditional Italian - just what I wanted, though perhaps a tad too much on the Southern Italian side of things relying on crushed red pepper. The bread and olive oil were good, ditto the pasta and seafood. The parmesan could have been better though I am spoiled, treating myself to the best from Formaggio which would bankrupt a restaurant. My daughter liked her tiramisu very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    KRRKVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    The food was overpriced and not amazing. The food and the atmosphere were fine, but the ambiance was not nearly as lovely as their picture implies and the food was nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The spaghetti alla carbonara
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    The spaghetti alla carbonara (an Italian super staple) was pretty good. Tiramisu (Italian super staple) was pretty good. However, when my mom and I went out and each had an app, pasta and a glass of wine I didn't expect the bill to be $100. Next time I'll just go a few blocks to Ten Tables if I want to eat well in West Cambridge. Maybe we would order differently. The inside had a wonderful feel and the proprietor and waiter were very authentic (read: Italian) and friendly. Perhaps I'll try it again but for the price I would have expected much better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate