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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

147 Huron Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 491-6336

Website:
http://www.trattoriapulcinella.net/

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

Executive Chef:
Giovanni Oliva

Private Party Facilities:
We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.

Private Party Contact:
Giovanni: (617) 851-0371

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Trattoria Pulcinella Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
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Special Occasion (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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--

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2016

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Wonderful meal and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

We were so looking forward to a good neighborhood Italian restaurant. The host was very gracious. The chicken parmigiana was very tasty, but the other three dishes were quite mediocre.
Calamari was rubbery, but we were hungry. We probably will not return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2016

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

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Once again we had a wonderful meal and very good service. Truly a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Outstanding.
As a native Italian, I feel at home in Giovani's trattoria.
The quality what I demand, if I eat out for Italian.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2016

La Pulcinella is a find. The food is genuine Italian cooking. it is a very small restaurant with a pleasant ambience and a very attentive service by the owner couple. The ravioli we had were so excellent that we came back 2 days later for more of the same.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

I'm a regular. Authentic food, pleasant if simple ambience and friendly.

I've rarely (never?) had a bad meal here. The menu is limited, and doesn't change
so often, but that goes with being a small place with not many tables.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2016

A lovely gem of a neighborhood restaurant with exceptional food and cheerful service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2016

I live right in the neighborhood and LOVE this restaurant. We don't go nearly often enough but hope to change that. It is such a sweet little gem of a place. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 22, 2016

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2016

We were the only ones there at 7:30 pm on a Friday summer night. This place must be on the verge of closing. The food was something I could have prepared in 20 minutes at home.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2016

Still fabulous; discovered it 10 years ago when lived in neighborhood.
Traditional Italian with present day twists.
Service attentive, yet not overbearing, even suggested better wine at a cheaper price vs our pick!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Willing to accommodate special food prep requests appreciated.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Excellent meal. I had a black-ink pasta with seafood that was delicious. The rest of the table was equally happy with their choices. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Great good. Attentive staff. We loved it!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2016

We enjoyed our experience at Trattoria Pulcinella! The food was good -- not great -- but fine. Our salad was fresh, the clams and mussels steamed to perfection. I might go back to this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Very friendly and delicious neighborhood Italian restaurant. Specials change daily. Cozy atmosphere. The very nice waiter often gives us extras.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2016

The dinner was top-notch, attentively done. I liked the choice of wines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Delicious food and wonderful family run restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2016

The tiramisu was very good, as was the zuppa di pesce. But the seafood risotto very was disappointing; the rice had essentially no flavour.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Food was a little dry and seemed overcooked by good neighborhood stop

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2016

I was disappointed. My fish was bland and expensive. The pasta was good. My husband had the veal which was good, not exceptional. The asparagus was inedible. I would think twice before returning.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 13, 2016

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Our second time here. Celebrated my birthday and Mother's Day. We ordered fish, meat, pasta, vegetarian, everything was fantastic. Great wine and excellent ambiance. Feels like Italy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Very friendly service by family wait staff. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals. No rush, and not too noisy to have a conversation. Great deserts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2016

This is an excellent little restaurant, hidden away from the bustle of Harvard Square. These folks have been in business at this location for many years, and the food is really quite unique and very tasty!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 17, 2016

We wanted pasta, but away from the fray. This was perfect, filled with regulars just eating out. All the pastas were great, the osso bucco was better than great!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 12, 2016

This is a delightful little restaurant with very good food and personable service. Very quaint and personal. I would go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 1, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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