About 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
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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
Private Party Facilities:
We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.
Private Party Contact:
Giovanni: (617) 851-0371
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Trattoria Pulcinella Ratings and Reviews
When we went, food good but not outstanding. A Fri pm after snow. Bread old, maybe due to storm. Pleasant small neighborhood space--open many yrs--dishes okay, some v good. Service pleasant. Spinach their only winter vegetable? Good in our salad, but we'd have appreciated variety in other dishes. Overall, costly given location, food, ambiance. Convenient for neighbors, but pricy, too. I will give it another try.
Pulcinella used to be so wonderful: fresh, delicious, varied dishes--you felt like you really were in a good trattoria in Italy. (Lots of daily specials recited by the waiter--now, alas, there's a menu.) We went back last week after not having been there for several years, and everything just tasted stale. The tomato sauce on the pasta tasted off; the chicken parmesan seemed like it had been cooked ages ago. One waiter was covering the whole room--a challenge that no one really could have met. It took a long while simply to order a glass of wine. We were planning to order a second one but gave up after a long wait and just asked for the check. Maybe it was just an off night? Oh, I miss the old Pulcinella--
Trattoria Pulcinella is a casual restaurant with fresh and authentic Italian cuisine. We had octopus and Lasagnette as appetizers. Both choices very good. Main course: Fish of the day and the salted dried cod. Both freshly prepared and very tasty. Amanda attended our table. She was accommodating and knowledgeable about about the menu. The chef met our gluten free needs. This is a restaurant we will return to.
This is a neighborhood gem, but even if you are not from the neighborhood, be sure to go. The food is delicious. I had the lobster ravioli special and it was the best lobster ravioli I have ever had. Usually, I can hardly taste the lobster, but nor here. Every bite had a chunk of lobster and it was wonderful. We also had the octopus appetizer and the antipasti ate and thoroughly enjoyed them. My husband had the chicken cutlet with spaghetti which he really enjoyed. Our guest had the gnocchi which was pronounced very good. The first wine we chose was out, but the bottle of Montepulciano that came instead was smooth, rich and lovely. The total dinner with tip came to $180. Well worth it.
I also have to put in a word about the owners. It is a husband and wife team and their daughter, I think. They also have an assistant in the kitchen. The mother was our server and the rest were in the kitchen preparing the food for the 8 tables that were occupied when we were there. Our courses were served with perfect timing which amazed me. Brava!
I came here for my 30th birthday with about 18 friends. The staff was friendly and patient, and didn't try to rush us even though we took up about half the restaurant. The ambiance is lovely - like visiting a friend's house, if that friend happens to be fancy and an excellent cook. Warm, inviting, and everything was delicious.
We were visiting our daughter in Boston and went here for dinner after a business conference. we went based on the Open Table reviews. It is a pleasant and relatively quiet setting which was nice. It is small and the service is very personal. The food was very good and we had an enjoyable dinner.
We have been going to this neighborhood gem to meet friends once a year for some 15- 20 years. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service. If it were closer to where we lived , we would dine there every couple of weeks.
Good meal and service.. The pasta with pesto was very good as was the house salad. I was disappointed in the seafood casserole as some of the seafood ( especially mussels) did not appear to be fresh. The wine list is also quite satisfying. Service was great
This is a really special, authentic and wonderful Italian restaurant in Cambridge. All the food - fish, meat, pasta - is delicious and extremely well prepared. Two of our party had the red snapper special and loved it. The warm spinach salad was also particularly good. The hosts are friendly and gracious. We had a wonderful time and will undoubtedly be back.
Nice neighborhood find for us. We were looking for a restaurant that was close to our hotel in Lexington. This restaurant came up on tripadvisor as good choice for Italian food. It turned out to be a 15 minute drive toward Medford. It was worth the drive. I had rabbit from the menu and my companion had their lamb shank special. They are a small neighborhood restaurant with one server that may have been the owner . Food , wine and waitstaff all good. Parking is a little hard to find but you are closer to the city.
We dine at this restaurant 15 times a year and have never been disappointed. Not once. Once the specials are made clear you have an ample range of fine choices for dinner. The wine list is also quite good. The service prompt and respectful. This is a family owned restaurant and the cook, Giovanni-head of the family-a superb cook who responds well to special requests. We also do our special birthday dinners here with friends and family including children who are always welcome.
The waiter was good and very efficient. The restaurant is small and adds to the ambiance. The food was good but not great. I had pasta with prawns in tomato sauce and I had to shell the prawns myself. What a way to ruin a nice meal. Other than that the wine list was decent.
As small place in Huron Ave. in Cambridge, but that is part of the charm, you get very personal attention from very social staff. We have been there over the years several times, but usually 2-3 times a year and the main waiter/Maître D always receives you as a know customer and remembers many of you tastes, like my wife drink espresso coffee and I decaf. And the food is excellent.
We arrived early but the restaurant was full by the time we left. I like the cozy atmosphere of this small restaurant. Amanda was great and so was the food. We all had different dishes and liked them. The creme caramel was creamy and we shared it- we could each have had one!
Make a reservation as it gets crowded.
No need to go to the North End of Boston for authentic Italian cuisine. I was visiting my son at college, and we wanted something close so tried Trattoria Pulcinella. Everything was fantastic. The service was attentive, but we were not rushed so we had lots of time to catch up. Calamari and salad were excellent. My son has gnocchi which he said was fabulous and I had linguine al vongole- it wasn't on the menu but they were more than happy to make it. It rivaled any other that I've had at other restaurants. We'll be back for sure!
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