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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New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The carbonara is exceptionally good!

BJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Excellent service. A real gem.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

SG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully old school italian with delicious food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food but expensive

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

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

ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They didn’t honor our open table reservation. We made a reservation about an hour before and when we arrived there was a long line waiting. They had never removed their on line availabilities and said we would have to wait until everyone in line had been seated

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Outstanding service and food. Lively but not oppressive atmosphere on a Friday night.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, son and I had an excellent Saturday night meal in this lovely little restaurant during our recent trip trip to Boston. Delicious food and very friendly service. Highly recommended for an authentic Italian experience.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very poor, the food was burnt and had no taste

TS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Slow service but a genuine old Italy feel, food and wine were well priced and tasted great. Fantastic spot for a dinner date if you’ve got time to burn

HN
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this wonderfully authentic, charming restaurant. Took my son to dinner there for his 22 nd birthday and we had a perfect evening. Food was exceptional and the cozy restaurant a lovely atmosphere to be a part of. We look forward to returning to celebrate there again in the future.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

d
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for the Head of the Charles Regatta and wanted an Italian meal, but also other options for some in the group. The food was delicious, generous portions, served very promptly and our server gave good wine recommendations. The Branzino was awesome. Would come back here again.

R
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good neighborhood restaurant. Excellent southern italian cuisine.

C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and ambiance here. Special place. Locally owned and run. An out-of-the-way location adds to unique experience.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Affordable and tasty wine options in all varietals.

2
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local neighborhood restaurant. Long time customer who appreciates Mario's efforts.

s
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trattoria Pulcinella has always been our 'go to' spot - the service is impeccable, food wonderful, and ambience - perfect. It's always our favorite restaurant.

d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal. Not over the top, trendy menu, just really well prepared and perfectly cooked. I judge bolognese sauce against my sister in law in Puglia, and this was as good as hers. Really flavorful, hearty, not too salty, just right! The host/waiter (owner?) was so gracious. Charming small trattoria, not at all pretentious, just like what we experience in Italy. If we lived in the area, we would be dining there frequently.

OO
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with our adult daughters while visiting Boston - chose Trattoria Pulcinella based on convenient location and reviews, and we were not disappointed. Food was exceptional - between us we had the eggplant parm, artichoke heart/potato and romaine salad starters and cacio e pepe, pesto and frutti di mare pastas. Came very close to licking the plates - everything was delicious. And the service was simply lovely - never intrusive but always helpful. Really, this was the highlight of our quick visit to Boston.

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