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
The setting is charming and a nice neighborhood location. Services is pleasant and professional. The waiter offered a special risotto for my husband. The appetizers (smoked mozzarella and a warm seafood salad) were very good as was the bread. The pasta carbonara was a little dry but the black truffle risotto was perfect. Veal scallopini was over-cooked but the wilted spinach was perfect. Overall, hit and miss-either very good or just okay. The check was over $200 with tip for 2 appetizers, 2 pasta dishes and one entree and 1/2 carafe of wine.
We love Pulcinella. We return regularly to the same lovely quiet atmosphere in a Cambridge neighborhood, and consistently excellent authentic Italian dishes. Everything is prepared fresh, and new specials are often on the menu. We've never been disappointed.
We were looking for Italian food, but didn't want to head into the North End and fight for parking so we thought we'd try something new. We were hoping to walk around Cambridge a little before dinner but the restaurant is too far away from the center for that to happen.
The dinner was very good. We ate early so we were the only ones there in the beginning. You can tell that it is a family run restaurant, which we like.
The food was very good, fresh, and well prepared. No frills, just good food. We enjoyed our dinner and would recommend trying it.
I had hoped to find a neighborhood gem, but instead Trattoria Pulcinella was a bit of a dud. Ordered a $25 special shrimp dish that, while tasty, included only 4 medium-sized shrimp (smaller than cocktail shrimp) and what seemed to be Barilla pasta. The $28 fish I ordered was overcooked, and there is just never a good excuse for overcooked fish. The restaurant wasn't even busy at the time. I won't be returning.
A decent 'American' Italian restaurant, although not of the calibre of a true Italian. Perhaps it is the problem that the ingredients are never quite the same or as good in the US... rabbit, seafood, tomatoes, etc. But for a local dinner and a decent wine list in a charming place it is a good bet.
My husband and I were looking for a good, non-touristy place in Cambridge for dinner and were not disappointed with Trattoria Pulcinella. I felt like I was in my aunt and uncle's kitchen (in the best way). The staff were so attentive and friendly, the food was delicious, and we were recommended a great (and inexpensive) wine. It really is a neighborhood gem. I can't wait to go back!
It is unanimous, this place is an oasis of lovely eating so don't tell anyone. I agree with the first part but this trattoria deserves to be full every night. My first time here will certainly not be my last. Traditional menu, perfectly executed. Great flavours and their roasted red snapper brought a little tear to my eye. Excellent wines by the glass too.
I writing this a little bit reluctantly because Pulcinella is hidden gem, a small, romantic, quiet, excellent food and fantastic service, that we have always been able to dine when we wanted and good reviews have the potential of changing that. Attention from the staff and primarily the manager is excellent, the specials board always has a fresh fish (full of filet), many times Mediterranean fish seldom found in delicious preparations
We love Pulcinella!!! The ambience service and good are fantastic. It's a wa welcoming spot, where you can dine casually, without being rushed and enjoy some of the most wonderful pasta dishes anywhere in the boston area. We cannot say enough about it. It's the best kept secret on Cambridge!
We had a magnificent meal at Pulcinella this weekend. The pasta and halibut specials were as delicious, creative and well presented as an Italian food in the city. The family that owns and operates this restaurant give it a special and welcoming atmosphere and provide attentive service. We will return, soon!
If you want consistently good service, fine cooking and real value for your money-this Trattoria Pulcinella is the place for you. Its a family owned restaurant and the owner and chief cook is almost always there to supervise the cooking and presentation. attractive interior and good wine too.
Dropped in the other night. They'd gotten slammed--a Harvard graduation table of 21 had turned up without much warning. The mom, daughter and granddaughter front-of-house kept everything moving, and the kitchen turned out the customary tasty, delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. The zucchini flowers are amazing. So too the lamb chaps.
We visited Trattoria Pulcinella for the first time (on a Friday evening) after recently moving to Huron Village, and I think we've found the perfect place for an Italian fix. The food is delicious, there is a nice selection of Italian wines, and the team is appropriately attentive and very friendly. It's a relatively small and intimate space with an open kitchen, but we never had to strain to hear each other or raise our voices (unlike most places on a Friday). Simply a great place to dine and have a conversation any night of the week.
Enjoy fabulous, fabulous, food in a simple, unpretentious, environment? Well, it doesn't get any better than Pulcinella on Huron.
Especially love the Carpaccio Di Bresaola and La Caprese starters. They have a smoked mozerally sometimes too, and a thin crust pizza, that are just amazing.
For entrees, if they've the swordfish special, grab it. The lobster ravioli is also wonderful.
Authentic flavors with the freshest ingredients--you can't go wrong.
The place is extremely small. They put 4 people into such a tiny table that my plate
was partly off the edge. We did have a reservation. The food was fair.
My rabbit was stringy and the sauce was flavorless. The pasta was OK but not excellent.
The tiramisu was just OK. Somewhat flavorless. And it is expensive.
Will not return.
Quite simply, one of our favorite restaurants in Boston.
For authentic Italian cooking and ambience, this tiny neighborhood restaurant is superb. I just wish it were in our neighborhood. As it is, we drive from the other side of the city at least a couple times a year to eat here. Most recently, we loved the spaghetti al nero di sepia. Pulcinella never disappoints us.
This restaurant has been in the neighborhood for about 15 years. I've eaten there many times and always have enjoyed it. It is family run and they make efforts to please their guests. The chef will even gladly alter some of the dishes to taste. The tastes are "home made" and don't always remind you of what other more traditional restaurants serve. The wines are mostly Italian, reasonably priced and good. The pours "by the glass" are generous. It is a quiet spot, a "hidden gem" compared to the noisy trendy Cambridge restaurants.
Pulcinella's is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a very attentive staff. It's as good as the north end, but much less hassle. Try the mozzarella appetizer and let the waitstaff recommend Italian wines. I like a small restaurant that doesn't rush you and seems to care if you have a great experience.
This restaurant has been here for 20 years, and is still a neighborhood favorite . It is small and comfortable, with white tablecloths, a rustic rafter ceiling, a semi-open kitchen and little else in the way of décor. Customers are greeted warmly. The menu is limited but carefully chosen, and is truly Italian, with a Tuscan emphasis. Service is friendly and leisurely, but not too slow unless you are on a tight schedule. Unless there are people waiting to be seated, you can sit and talk forever, even after you have finished with dinner. My husband and I love it and it is one of the first places we think of bringing our out-of-town friends to.
The cooks and wait staff take pride in welcoming, preparing and serving patrons with a delicious dinner and memorable, quiet and fun evening. The quality of Pulcinella is always very high. Unlike an another Italian restaurant in the area you can also hear each other while enjoying the top notch dinner.
This place is pretty small, 10-12 tables maybe. The decor is romantic and rustic - but not over the top. There is an open window into the kitchen where you can see the chef's preparing your meal - felt like it was just for us!
The entrees were lovely, plenty of food but not lacking in flavor or quality - all handmade pastas and fresh cheeses.
We got the bruschetta as an appetizer and it was wonderful.
App, 2 wine, 2 entrees - bill was only $75! A perfect romantic dinner on a young professional's budget.
Service was marvelous as well. Due to the size as well as the attentiveness, the waiter/host was never far!
I have severe allergies. It was crowded so to make things easy I asked chef to recommend. AWESOME FOOD. It looked like a spinach jelly roll. So pretty. So healthy. Sojust plain delicious.
The wait staff dealt with the allergy well. Instead of the usual argument when I ask to let the chef decide, she did look at me oddly, but politely asked the chef.
The ambiance is always special here. But, on Valentine's Day, people were slow to leave and; with an 8:30 reservation; we had a bit of a wait. Freezing, bitter, cold night. So we three couples crowded in, the staff was appropriately polite and cheerful. The 15 delay simply made for a better experience.
I had read mixed reviews of this restaurant, but given it's proximity to our house, we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the bad reviews won out. They had a great many reservations, and were completely understaffed (in fact, they had no dedicated wait staff, just a mother-daughter pair). The food would have tasted a lot better had it not been served barely lukewarm. We sent it back to the kitchen and it came back warmer, but barely so. We will not be returning.
While the service and atmosphere were VERY good, we felt the portions and the quality of the food did not merit the pricing. The food was good and the ingredients tasted fresh, but $22 was a bit steep for a plate of paccheri style pasta and just two meatballs. Also the Insalata di Capri (Caprese Salad) did not merit it's $14 price tag either...good, just not great. We had high expectations that weren't quite met by the overall meal.
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