Trattoria Pulcinella

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$30 and under
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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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C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends for dinner, which was excellent.

j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Great food and the service made us feel at home.

c
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This traditional italian is a hidden gem. It’s a quiet, neighborhood restaurant with excellent food. We had the gnocchieti, zuppa de Pesci and pesto — all were excellent. The tiramisu was also very good, bread was great, and there is a small but decent wine selection. If you want a quiet place with moderate prices and great food, this is the place to go!

C
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

What a disapointment!We were greeted warmly and from then on it all went downhill.It took 25 minutes for the appetizers to come.{and we were the only ones there}It took another twenty minutes for the entrees to come.The carbonara had gummy overcooked pasta, the sauce insufficient.The calamari, shrimp.I chickpea,couscus dish.had three 3 chickpeas, the shrimp w. ere in their shells and the calamari was tough.I will never return and will tell others not to go there

IC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and very nice presentation as well.
This is real Italian, not American Italian. So, if you are a fan of overcooked pasta with tomato paste from a jar and a ton of cheap Vermont "parmesan" on top, don't go there -- you will be disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with my daughter, a nice, cute,quite spot, great ambience, food was real good! Easy on the wallet as well as the palate!

EM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved it! Great meeting spot with my college friends.

O
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We returned to Pulcinella after several years - and were thoroughly disappointed. We had an appetizer -fresh artichoke stuffed with ricotta - and it was incredibly bland and boring. No herbs, no sauce, no flavor - just plain ricotta with a coating of very dry and plain breadcrumbs. Three little artichoke hearts served on a plate with no garnish and no nothing. Terrible. We each tried one and left the other. I noticed two other tables did not finish theirs either. Then we had two mains - and were disappointed by both. The quality has really dropped, and it has lost its romantic flair. Too bad.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming experience from start to finish. Cozy space with warm mood lighting. The staff greeted neighborhood regulars at the door with hugs, and our charming waiter made a bunny puppet out of a napkin to entertain our son! Pasta was delicious and generously portioned. We will definitely be back.

j
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A delightful local Italian Restaurant. Just one guy acting as greeter, buser, waiter, food runner and he made sure our glasses were always filled!

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is awesome ...a rare gem! No need to go to the North End...this place is on par and even better.

BB
New England
83 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’m trying to reconcile our dining experience with the 4.7 rating this restaurant had at the time we had dinner.

The Italian meat and cheese appetizer was just ok. The pasta dishes listed Italian bacon (?) as a first ingredient but was hard to find in two separate dishes. Including the carbonara. The the creme brûlée was

NP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a regular here, and rarely if ever had a bad meal. Service is casual but friendly,
and always willing to substitute -on request - I had some pasta instead of spinach with
my entree. My favorite spot in Cambridge, though it's not cheap.

DC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They don't make them like this anymore. If you want a cozy old world neighborhood trattoria, where your waiter has served your neighbors for 30 years and still rushes from table to table attentively and caringly, spotlessly recommending a perfect wine, customizing your pasta like you want it with good humor and warmth, reserve a table at Trattoria Pulcinella, located in a quiet corner of West Cambridge. You'll dine besides Harvard notarati and you won't be able to resist the lemon sorbet, cupped in a whole lemon, for dessert--just like they serve it in Napoli. I used to be a regular when I lived in this neighborhood and dropped by for dinner last Sunday when I was in town. My dining companion, a New Yorker of British descent, sung the restaurant's praises. Our pasta was delicious but most of all, we loved the intimacy of the place--limited to just a few tables--which really lent itself to catching up on the 3 years that had kept us apart. Thank you Pulcinella! A perfect place for lovers, close friends and family!

NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for a party of 10. Feels like a slice of Italy in Cambridge. Ceviche was superb as was the lamb chop special.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Wonderful and friendly service and the food was what you expect and more when thinking of “authentic” Italian food. Definitely recommend for a family meal or even a nice little date

CS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My wife and I went there close to 20 years ago so it was nice to go back and see it hadn’t changed. Same great spot with great Italian food.

OA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trattoria Pulcinella is great for a date night! I would also love to go back for a casual night out with friends or family. Really lovely.

CL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quintessential neighborhood spot that is all about ease and comfort. Small, unpretentious but gracious room, welcoming staff. Food is always simple and good without being fussy, and occasionally rises to unexpected heights--the grilled octopus appetizer last night was perfect!

SS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother's Day dinner at Trattoria Pulcinella. The owner was so courteous and attentive and the food was wonderful. Highly recommended.

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful Cambridge restaurant, with fresh, flavorful, made-to-order meals in an informal, friendly ambience. It's as if we walked into a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant in Southern Italy.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The carbonara is exceptionally good!

BJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to dine. Good food, outstanding service.

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal selections were perfectly delicious and also appealing to the eye. We felt relaxed and could actually hear each other, the European feel and we will definitely be back.

KL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful small neighborhood authentic restaurant with amazing Northern Italian food. Everything is freshly made, the owner/staff are warm and welcoming. Always a fantastic experience!

VL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has been going to Pulcinella for decades, literally. There's something on the menu for all three generations. It's small and cozy, with great food and service, a real neighborhood gem.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Excellent service. A real gem.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with a genuine smile and passion. Would recommend family and friends to dining. It is a hidden gem.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

SG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully old school italian with delicious food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Limited menu. Very average food that was not very interestingly prepared. Very expensive. $30 for chicken parm and $34 for a ham steak (aka porcheta) that I could have done much better at home. I should know better than to go out to a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food but expensive

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Good service and wine; very, very bad food. Ugly experience.

ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Food was ok and service is average. However, it was very cold in the restaurant. I don’t believe they turned on the heat. Customers have to wear coats. Not a way to eat dinner and not acceptable as a restaurant. I will not come here again. There are much better places around.

RS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Owner was gracious and hospitable. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We ate quite early and were the only diners until about 6 pm, so the restaurant was very quiet. We will return.

CL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a quiet, cozy setting. Terrific neighborhood restaurant. Will definitely go back.

s
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal at Pulcinella - it's one of those places you don't want to tell your friends about for fear it will get too popular! The service is always excellent, and the wine list creative. It's always our favorite place to have a great meal and relax.

HH
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is one of our fave neighborhood spots. It's a great spot to have authentic Italian cuisine, with fresh ingredients and a few rotating special dishes added to the standard comfort food menu options.

They also make a lovely cappuccino -- one of my favorite ways to end a great Italian pasta/seafood meal!

DO NOT miss their braised beef ravioli, a menu staple, if you love homemade raviolis that taste like Nonna's :)

M
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pulcinella has never disappointed. On the contrary, its one of the real jewels of Cambridge.
We've been going for 10 years and just celebrated a birthday -the cooks came through again!