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Trattoria Pulcinella
Trattoria Pulcinella

Trattoria Pulcinella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriapulcinella.net
  • Email: giovannioliva@comcast.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Quite simply, one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. For authentic Italian cooking and ambience, this tiny neighborhood restaurant is superb. I just wish it were in our neighborhood. As it is, we drive from the other side of the city at least a couple times a year to eat here. Most recently, we loved the spaghetti al nero di sepia. Pulcinella never disappoints us."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The place is extremely small. They put 4 people into such a tiny table that my plate was partly off the edge. We did have a reservation. The food was fair. My rabbit was stringy and the sauce was flavorless. The pasta was OK but not excellent. The tiramisu was just OK. Somewhat flavorless. And it is expensive. Will not return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pulcinella's is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a very attentive staff. It's as good as the north end, but much less hassle. Try the mozzarella appetizer and let the waitstaff recommend Italian wines. I like a small restaurant that doesn't rush you and seems to care if you have a great experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We tried the zucchini flower pasta special b/c we enjoy having something not made at home. Bland bland and then some and my pasta was just barely al dente, and this added a starchy taste to the overall. Very over-priced for such basic and bland food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This restaurant has been here for 20 years, and is still a neighborhood favorite . It is small and comfortable, with white tablecloths, a rustic rafter ceiling, a semi-open kitchen and little else in the way of décor. Customers are greeted warmly. The menu is limited but carefully chosen, and is truly Italian, with a Tuscan emphasis. Service is friendly and leisurely, but not too slow unless you are on a tight schedule. Unless there are people waiting to be seated, you can sit and talk forever, even after you have finished with dinner. My husband and I love it and it is one of the first places we think of bringing our out-of-town friends to."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The cooks and wait staff take pride in welcoming, preparing and serving patrons with a delicious dinner and memorable, quiet and fun evening. The quality of Pulcinella is always very high. Unlike an another Italian restaurant in the area you can also hear each other while enjoying the top notch dinner."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This place is pretty small, 10-12 tables maybe. The decor is romantic and rustic - but not over the top. There is an open window into the kitchen where you can see the chef's preparing your meal - felt like it was just for us! The entrees were lovely, plenty of food but not lacking in flavor or quality - all handmade pastas and fresh cheeses. We got the bruschetta as an appetizer and it was wonderful. App, 2 wine, 2 entrees - bill was only $75! A perfect romantic dinner on a young professional's budget. Service was marvelous as well. Due to the size as well as the attentiveness, the waiter/host was never far!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Excellent local restaurant with very good Italian flavor menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal and the service was great. They didn't make us feel rushed so it was very relaxing. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have severe allergies. It was crowded so to make things easy I asked chef to recommend. AWESOME FOOD. It looked like a spinach jelly roll. So pretty. So healthy. Sojust plain delicious. The wait staff dealt with the allergy well. Instead of the usual argument when I ask to let the chef decide, she did look at me oddly, but politely asked the chef. The ambiance is always special here. But, on Valentine's Day, people were slow to leave and; with an 8:30 reservation; we had a bit of a wait. Freezing, bitter, cold night. So we three couples crowded in, the staff was appropriately polite and cheerful. The 15 delay simply made for a better experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had read mixed reviews of this restaurant, but given it's proximity to our house, we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the bad reviews won out. They had a great many reservations, and were completely understaffed (in fact, they had no dedicated wait staff, just a mother-daughter pair). The food would have tasted a lot better had it not been served barely lukewarm. We sent it back to the kitchen and it came back warmer, but barely so. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a great spot for delicious Italian food at a reasonable price. Wine list (for White) by the glass is limited. But the specials are always terrific and the wait staff is great."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Nice ambiance and pleasant service. Food was fair. Pasta Carbonara was unremarkable and shrimps came grilled with the shells on. Small place, good for a winter's snowy night."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "While the service and atmosphere were VERY good, we felt the portions and the quality of the food did not merit the pricing. The food was good and the ingredients tasted fresh, but $22 was a bit steep for a plate of paccheri style pasta and just two meatballs. Also the Insalata di Capri (Caprese Salad) did not merit it's $14 price tag either...good, just not great. We had high expectations that weren't quite met by the overall meal."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We've eaten at Trattoria Pulcinella twice and both times had a fabulous meal."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Never been disappointed with restaurant. It is small (~10 tables) so personal service is assured."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We've been going to Trattoria Pulcinella for years, and are never disappointed. It's one of the most authentically Italian restaurants in Greater Boston. Our most recent dinner was great -- interesting specials, relaxed pace, great wine and food recommendations. All four of us were happy with what we ordered. Veal and seabream specials big hits. Not overly fancy or inventive dishes, just really nicely prepared and seasoned food, prepared and served by folks who take pride in what they do. Bravo."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "love this place, small like being in the north end but better"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Fresh food, simply prepared and delicious. Wonderful place to go when you want to have a conversation."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Pulchinella was a big disappointment despite the good online reviews I read before going. Now that I've been, friends tell me it does not excel in food preparation-wish I'd check with them first. Despite the intimate atmosphere and good service, the food left us cold. There just was no real taste to it. I left feeling like I hadn't eaten, despite the decent portion size. I suggest people head for the North End if you want authentic Italian food. Too bad since it was close to my home and was looking for a favorite neighborhood haunt."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Food and ambiance were great but food took over an hour to get out. Was a busy Friday night but still disappointing."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Order wine by the bottle....deceptive practice witnessed. Food good will not return."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Excellent food. Service always teeters on the brink of collapse---one waiter for all tables. Requires arm-waving to get any attention."
    Dined on 10/9/2013