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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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