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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (9)
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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)
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Good for Groups (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2013

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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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2013

Never been disappointed with restaurant.
It is small (~10 tables) so personal service is assured.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2013

We've eaten at Trattoria Pulcinella twice and both times had a fabulous meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2013

We've been going to Trattoria Pulcinella for years, and are never disappointed. It's one of the most authentically Italian restaurants in Greater Boston. Our most recent dinner was great -- interesting specials, relaxed pace, great wine and food recommendations. All four of us were happy with what we ordered. Veal and seabream specials big hits. Not overly fancy or inventive dishes, just really nicely prepared and seasoned food, prepared and served by folks who take pride in what they do. Bravo.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2013

love this place, small like being in the north end but better

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2013

Fresh food, simply prepared and delicious. Wonderful place to go when you want to have a conversation.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2013

Pulchinella was a big disappointment despite the good online reviews I read before going. Now that I've been, friends tell me it does not excel in food preparation-wish I'd check with them first. Despite the intimate atmosphere and good service, the food left us cold. There just was no real taste to it. I left feeling like I hadn't eaten, despite the decent portion size. I suggest people head for the North End if you want authentic Italian food. Too bad since it was close to my home and was looking for a favorite neighborhood haunt.

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 (London)·Dined on October 11, 2013

Food and ambiance were great but food took over an hour to get out. Was a busy Friday night but still disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2013

Order wine by the bottle....deceptive practice witnessed. Food good will not return.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2013

Excellent food. Service always teeters on the brink of collapse---one waiter for all tables. Requires arm-waving to get any attention.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2013

We were in Cambridge for an afternoon theatre performance and decided to stay in the area for dinner. We found Trattoria Pulcinella which had a reservation at the time we wanted and was a reasonable walk. Turned out to be a lovely little family owned restaurant with very pleasant and knowledgeable server (daughter of the owners), unrushed warm ambience and very good food. My linguini alla carbonara was very good and without the greasiness that is often the plague with that dish. We also had a delicious antipasto with pickled eggplant that was delicious. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2013

Observant and friendly service.Good variety of items on the menu.
Great flavors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2013

This was an undiscovered gem not far from our own Cambridge neighborhood. Some of the best handmade pasta I've had and our out-of-town guests enjoyed the non-pasta entrees as well. Knowledgeable, solicitous service, too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2013

Had high hopes for this restaurant after reading many of the reviews but was not blown away by the food. granted, it was good, but not great. (My husband really liked his sausage and meatball, and perhaps that is the way to go--stick with the Italian stuff.) My fish was a thin as a piece of cardboard. Staff was very hospitable and ambience was nice, but unless you live really close by, I would not venture there.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2013

This restaurant was fantastic! The food was superb: flavorful but not overpowering the food itself; perfectly matched flavors and textures; expertly cooked and beautifuly presented. Of note are the battered artichokes, veal braciole, the sausage, and the gnocchi. And the server (AMANDA!!!!) was so very helpful and pleasant, not in your face at all, and sincerly interested in how we liked things. The tiramisu is a must and we actually ordered a second after polishing off the first! You really deserve to treat yourself to this wonderful piece of Italy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2013

We were seated next to a very loud party despite the availability of other tables. The service was lackluster; I ordered, but never received, dessert, but was thankful it did not appear onthe check. In the resataurant's favor, I must say the food was delicious and the wine list is small but impressive.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2013

We got there at 6:30.on a Friday. I was a little nervous when the place was empty. As we sat and enjoyed a great bottle of wine suggested by our waiter, people started to roll in. The service was second to none and the food was unbelievable. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes to eat delicious foods. Keep up the good work Trattoria Pulcinella!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 20, 2013

Within walking distance from our location in Cambridge.. which was the highlight of this experience. The food was average although the service and attention was charming. Very cosy and romantic setting, and we were able to take our unfinished wine with us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2013

Limited choices but good Italian cooking

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2013

Maybe a hot Sunday is not an evening to enjoy this small gem; an over- the-door ac unit rumbled beyond its capacity in this funky little store front offering great food but missing menu items w/o explanations previous to our group deciding on the order. Though friendly and charismatic the lone waiter really didn't pay attention to the house of two other about to finish tables. This distracted the enjoyment we expected here and should have been addressed with a much reduced gratuity. Food excellent, we shall try again on a week night.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2013

Truly one of the more remarkable, true-to-form Italian restaurants. Tops any North End place and could rival many small restaurants that you'd find off the beaten paths of Italy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2013

First: the servers are very friendly and helpful. We booked this last minute on a Saturday night and it was practically the only place with open tables. When we arrived it was almost empty so we were a little worried. However, we had a very good meal here. The pastas were fresh and cooked perfectly, the sauces were tasty and the meat dishes, while standard Italian fare, we're prepared we'll and a pleasure to eat. Our dessert was a pair tart and it was excellent. The wines were good enough and the check was reasonable. We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2013

They were very kind to bring a birthday dessert with a candle to my friend who was celebrating her birthday without us having made that specific request. We were disappointed, however, that the tiramisu was the only dessert available that evening. It was a bit strange that they had a number of specials listed on the blackboard which also weren't available.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2013

Maria and Giovanni are just wonderful hosts. The service is warm, relaxed, familial. I recommend the smoke mozeralla particularly. We went for my daughter's 10th birthday--she loved it; the treated us really well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2013

We love this place, a culinary refuge from the frenzy of nearby Harvard Square. The storefront dining room brings you into a european atmosphere with striking with wooden bough ceiling beams, romantic lighting, white linen tables, open kitchen at back, Wonderful authentic Italian cuisine prepared with finesse, no gloppy red sauce here, menu varies seasonally with a range of daily specials. Our party enjoyed a perfect seasoned medium rare grilled tuna steak special, as well as pasta with fresh mussels and clams, grilled branzino, and a simple elegant pasta with sauce of san marzano cherry tomatoes and basil. Shared tarta di pere with cappucino and small glasses of port made a sweet finish. Family owned, superb service, never stuffy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2013

Went with a large party of kids and adults around Harvard commencement. Amanda and her staff could not have been nicer. A great little place with excellent food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2013

If I was able to give it 6 stars, I would. This is simply one of those rare, very rare, places. Except for the currency we paid the bill with, there is no distinction between it and some of the most wonderful, off the beat and path, restaurants you would find in Italy. It truly ranks among the best - in food, in service and in ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2013

The way my wife and I refer to Pulcinella is that is a hidden gem, a cosy place on a nice quiet Cambridge neighbourhood with excellent food and service, we are always surprised that is not super busy, maybe I shouldn't be writing this review so it continues to be accessible.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2013

The food was good, a little on the bland side, but it was good. I would have loved to see more choices on the menu.
Very friendly and knowledgable staff....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2013

I almost did not write this wanting to keep this GEM to ourselves. Having lived in Italy and eaten in Italian restaurants around the world, I know this one is really great.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Again, we had a terrific dining experience at T. Pulcinella. The only minor request is to turn up the lights just a tad. Otherwise, the Fish and Veal dishes were delicious, the service cordial and timely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 27, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable dinner. How did I miss this place all these years?

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Why bother going to the north end with this neighborhood gem in Cambridge? Excellent food, intimate and friendly atmosphere. Clearly a family-run business that takes pride in all aspects of food and service. The chef happily created something we wanted based loosely on the menu - we didn't ask to go off menu, the server offered when she heard my husband and I talk about our preferences!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Good food, but a bit pricey for what you get.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2013

$9 salad was literally spring mix bag opened and poured onto a plate with Auntie Annie's dressing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2013

What a lovely discovery for us. Clearly this small, attractively decorated restaurant is treasured in the neighborhood as it filled quickly. Reservations are a good idea. The menu offers an interesting variety of traditional Italian dishes plus several with a delightful twist. The service was pleasant, helpful and unrushed. I've never before been a fan of gnocchi but I've become a convert. Theirs are incredibly tender, light and tasty and would hold their own even without the lovely creamy sauce they were served in. Who knew! Prices are reasonable and represent good value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2012

If you just want to grab a decent dinner and a decent glass of wine with a small party (ideally 4)head to this neighborhood place. Because of its small sittings, reservation is recommended.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2012

What we believed to be a very quaint local mama/papa type establishment was exactly that. Food was o.k, unique but hardly special. Major objection was the bill. There were 8 of us; 4 adults and 4 children. There was a 20% tip included on the bill and yet the check indicated the amount as "pre-tip". 20% was a little steep all things considered because service was nothing special and especially because there was no posting of parties of 8 will be charged X % .... and the indication of pre-tip made it look like they were hiding something. Plus 20% should never be for the entire bill. Wine should be excluded.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2012

Good local restuarant. Reservations a must due to size.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 17, 2012

Had a wonderful dinner.I have eaten at most of the top restaurants in Cambridge and I found Pulcinella to be as good as any at a more reasonable price.

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