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Trattoria Pulcinella

4.5
4.5
520 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

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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Booked 10 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 491-6336

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Giovanni Oliva

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • 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

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Menu

Antipasti

  • Ceviche Italiano$16.00

    Shrimp & calamari, prepared with a piquant lemon marinade

    • Parmigiana di Melenzane$13.00

      Layers of Eggplant, mozzarella Parmigiano & tomato sauce

      • Il Piatto del Contadino$16.00

        Mix of cold cuts, cheese, marinated olives

        • Moscardini alla Griglia con Salmorigilio Napoletano$15.00

          Baby Octopus, grilled & served with lemon garlic marinade

          • Carciofini e Patate Oreganate al Gratin$13.00

            Artichoke hearts & Potato baked with Oregano, white wine, breadcrumb

            • Insalata Romana con Vinaigrette di Parmigiano$12.00

              Romaine salad served with vinaigrette di parmigiano and onions

              Paste Speciali

              • Gnocchetti con Vongole e Pesto di Prezzemolo$25.00

                Little potato dumplings served with clams & parsley pesto

                • Fregola Sarda con Ceci, Calamari e Gamberi$28.00

                  Sardinian specialty toasted pasta served with chickpeas, squid & shrimp & tossed with san Marzano tomato sauce

                  • Ravioli alla Genovese$26.00

                    Homemade braised beef ravioli served with caramelized onions, bay leaves, parmigiano

                    • Paccheri con Baccalà$25.00

                      Large tubes pasta served with salt cod, cherry tomato ragù sauce, black olives & capers

                      • Cacio e Pepe$22.00

                        Spaghetti served with pecorino romano sauce & black pepper

                        • Fusilli con Conserva di Tonno e Foglie Verdi$25.00

                          Spiral pasta served with tuna conserva & green leaves

                          Paste Tradizionali

                          • Carbonara$23.00

                            Guanciale, egg & pecorino romano

                            • Pesto$23.00

                              Basil pesto sauce

                              • Matriciana$24.00

                                Guanciale, Onions & San Marzano Tomatoes

                                • Bolognese$25.00

                                  Ground meat, onions, celery, carrot, tomato paste, wine

                                  • Frutti di Mare$30.00

                                    Clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, white o red sauce

                                    • Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino$19.00

                                      garlic, oil & hot chili pepper

                                      Secondi Piatti

                                      • Scaloppe di Pollo alla Valdostana$24.00

                                        Chicken with prosciutto, fontina cheese, white wine sauce

                                        • Zuppa di Mare$30.00

                                          Clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp & octopus in a lite tomato sauce & fried bread

                                          • Straccetti di Vitello alla Cacciatore$26.00

                                            Strips of veal sauté with onions, tomatoes, bell pepper

                                            • Trippa e Fagioli In Bianco$23.00

                                              Beef tripe served with garlic, hot chili pepper, cannellini, beans, fresh mint

                                              • Pesce del Giorno

                                                Fish of the day

                                                • M.P.

                                              Dolci

                                              • Dessert of the Day$12.00

                                                • Tiramisú$8.00

                                                  • Crème Brulee$10.00

                                                    • Spumone$10.00

                                                      • Limone Ripieno$10.00

                                                        Last updated: December 6, 2019

                                                        What 520 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                        4.5
                                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.5Food
                                                        • 4.4Service
                                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                                        • 4.3Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        1. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 14, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Amazing food! the carbonara is my favorite

                                                        2. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                          We really enjoyed the old school feel and the ambiance of the place. The staff was friendly and the food was good. I noted on OpenTable that it was my mom’s birthday and they signaled to me if I wanted a candle in the dessert. We did and the whole restaurant joined in the singing which was a treat. They don’t make you feel rushed and they seem to really care about what they do. Looking forward to going back!

                                                        3. AJ

                                                          AlanaJ

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 11, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food & service! Thank you!!

                                                        4. BH

                                                          BlueHill

                                                          New York Area

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Best Italian restaurant in Cambridge and boston

                                                        5. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This is a lovely meughbirhood restaurant. Thet are very responsvive to requests; the food is good; the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

                                                        6. K

                                                          Knurxth

                                                          New England

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 5, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Food and service excellent!

                                                        7. j

                                                          jeffrey

                                                          New England

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 3, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food and service were excellent!

                                                        8. C

                                                          Cantabridgian

                                                          New England

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 21, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          My wife and I had an excellent meal. The small lamb chops were first-rate, as was the appetizer Caprese salad. Pulcinella is one of our favorite restaurants.

                                                        9. DB

                                                          DeborahB

                                                          New Mexico

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on October 17, 2021

                                                          overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                          A quiet, romantic little place. Manager (owner?) seemed a little overwhelmed since about 8 people arrived all at once. My fish was a huge portion - swordfish. I think it was swimming in putanesca sauce - hard to say for sure. Quite decent. Huge portion of ziti with it. Hubby had chicken scalopini - maybe in same sauce? He asked for a white wine, was served red. Delish dessert - frozen sorbet - tart and refreshing. I had a view of the kitchen which did not entice.

                                                        10. A

                                                          Anne

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 9, 2021

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                          Wanted this restaurant to be good but clearly the restaurant was understaffed, It was small (one small room), very busy and very noisy - a Saturday night. It appeared there were only 3 staff - 1 in kitchen, 1 in dining room and 1 who helped in both. They were all stressed out. The food was adequate except for my veal scallopini that was extremely tough and I exchanged for chicken - the tiramisu was excellent.

                                                        11. P

                                                          Phlpwinnie

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 17, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          A neighborhood gem!

                                                        12. LH

                                                          LHzuh

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on September 11, 2021

                                                          overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                          Extremely small kitchen. We waited 1hr for our food. The food is okay but definitely overpriced.

                                                        13. V

                                                          Vero

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on August 28, 2021

                                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                          Service was good . The waiter humored me and we spoke Italian. Nice. Sauces and risotto, excellent Octopus and lobster, overcooked, Pity. We went early and it was quiet and we were not pestered by the waiter Simple and nice

                                                        14. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Minneapolis

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Delightful. We found this spot while traveling and glad we did. The seafood pasta was perfect.

                                                        15. NP

                                                          NicholasP

                                                          New York Area

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on August 14, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          What's not to like? Delicious fopd, excellent service and a great ambience. My starter. polipetti alla diavola (spicy octopus) was truly outstanding. My favorite Cambridge restaurant.

                                                        16. CG

                                                          ChrisG

                                                          New England

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          An absolute treat! The menu is full of straightforward, traditional Italian dishes bursting with freshness and flavor. The excellent service was coupled with an extensive wine list (don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation), and the ambiance was delightful. Can't wait to go back!

                                                        17. J

                                                          Joanne

                                                          New England

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                          The temperature inside was uncomfortably warm. The salad dressing was too vinegary and sauce on my gnocchis was more like tomato soup than fresh tomato sauce. Not impressed.

                                                        18. NP

                                                          NicholasP

                                                          New England

                                                          32 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          32 reviews

                                                          Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          My favorite place in Cambridge -- great food, good service and romantic ambience. I was fearful that it would not survive the pandemic, but it has doe so. Dinner last night was up to its old standards/.

                                                        19. J

                                                          Jimmy

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on June 20, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          One of the best Italian restaurants around with a wonderful host/proprietor and wonderful ambiance.

                                                        20. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Naples

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on June 19, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great experience!

                                                        21. MH

                                                          ManyHappyReturns

                                                          Pittsburgh

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          Dined on June 6, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          So nice to be back post-pandemic -- Pulcinella is always excellent, always comfortable, always a great experience overall. We especially love the expertise with which traditional dishes are prepared to perfection, and we also look forward to trying new and interesting dishes that appear as specials for the day.

                                                        22. NP

                                                          NicholasP

                                                          New York Area

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 29, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          My favorite place in town, and I am so glad to (post-vaccination) be going back there. I don't often have shellfish but last night had clams as appetizer (superb) and scallop risotto (very very good.

                                                        23. C

                                                          Cantabridgian

                                                          New England

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 29, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The lamb shank was first-rate. My wife and I eat at Pulcinella frequently and are big fans.

                                                        24. T

                                                          Tmini

                                                          New England

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 28, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Hidden gem in the neighborhood- authentic Italian was delicious and fresh

                                                        25. LG

                                                          LeoG

                                                          New England

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 7, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Pulcinella is always a great choice for dinner! One of my favorites.

                                                        26. CG

                                                          ChrisG

                                                          New England

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This delightful hidden gem serves delicious, authentic Italian food in a charming setting. The portions are massive, so make sure to come hungry!

                                                        27. LG

                                                          LeoG

                                                          New England

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 16, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          An excellent dinner at Pulcinella (as always!). A true neighborhood gem.

                                                        28. LG

                                                          LeoG

                                                          New England

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on October 16, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Another great dinner at Pulcinella! One of my favorite spots for dinner and a true neighborhood gem. The tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart and the waiter wears a mask at all times. Diners are also very good about wearing a mask when entering, going to the bathroom, and leaving the restaurant. If you haven’t dined inside yet, give Pulcinella a try for a safe dining experience (and a delicious dinner!).

                                                        29. LI

                                                          LaetInBoston

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on October 10, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Very fine food & setting. Option for the patio. Much Recommended!

                                                        30. DM

                                                          DominicM

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 28, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Trattoria Pulcinella remains, in my opinion, the best neighborhood authentic italian restaurant in greater Boston. The food, the wine, the service.........there is a sense when you dine here that you are actually dining in Italy......things are not rushed, the food is part of an overall sensory experience, the wine list is vast and exceptional; i have eaten here many many times over the past 20+ years and it remains, for me, on of my very favorite restaurants, in any city or country in the world.

                                                        31. LD

                                                          LauraD

                                                          Chicago

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 26, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Very personal (especially now, as there can be few people in the restaurant itself), very charming, very tasty. I will definitely go again!

                                                        32. WB

                                                          WilliamB

                                                          New England

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 19, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Pulcinella is a delightful neighborhood place tucked away in the Huron Village area of Cambridge. The owner/chef has created a wonderful menu supplemented most evenings with great specials - the other evening it was a start of artichokes, then ravioli followed by swordfish in a spicy tomato sauce. The ambiance is perfect for good conversation and the enjoyment of the excellent cuisine

                                                        33. LG

                                                          LeoG

                                                          New England

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on September 10, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          As always, and excellent dinner at Pulcinella. Glad to see that this neighborhood gem has reopened. They’re providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience.

                                                        34. SB

                                                          SBea

                                                          Atlanta

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We loved our experience at this small neighborhood Italian gem. We had 2 of the 3 specials and they were both terrific. Cozy, quiet atmosphere and a great meal. Service, perfect. We will go back.

                                                        35. NP

                                                          NicholasP

                                                          New England

                                                          32 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          32 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I love this place and had another great meal. Service was responsive and it seems always to be easy to talk -- which is important to me. I'm a regular there and eat there perhaps once a month.

                                                        36. BB

                                                          BrentB

                                                          Tallahassee

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent small Italian spot. Wonderful food and atmosphere.

                                                        37. h

                                                          hard2plz

                                                          New England

                                                          69 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          69 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          One of our all-time favorites in Cambridge and Somerville. This cozy place can seat ~ 24-26 when it is full, and we always book in advance on weekends. The proprietor is always there and sources excellent stuff for all parts of the menu. He is willing to split an appetizer for smaller appetites (two women), and the atmosphere is always conducive to conversation. Excellent wine selection and yummy dessert choices. We take friends, out-of-town guests, and ourselves !

                                                        38. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                          overall2food1service5ambience4

                                                          Not very good food and very expensive

                                                        39. MH

                                                          ManyHappyReturns

                                                          Pittsburgh

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 23, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          A wonderful neighborhood spot, where you'll always be glad you came. We bring family and friends whenever we can, and the experience is always first-rate. The standard menu has classic dishes prepared expertly, and the specials will delight you. Let Mario select your wine too!

                                                        40. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          We went for dinner after the movies on New Year’s Eve. We we running late because of delays with the movie and traffic but they were very gracious about it. The food was delicious! We have always had a wonderful meal and have recommended the restaurant to friends. It is a little gem!

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                                                        Trattoria Pulcinella is rated 4.5 stars by 520 OpenTable diners

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                                                        Booked 10 times today
                                                        Google Map for Trattoria Pulcinella

                                                        147 Huron Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Cambridge

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Italian

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Dining

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Smart Casual

                                                        • 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

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Executive chef

                                                          Giovanni Oliva

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Beer, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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