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  1. Distance: 0.38mi
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  1. Distance: 0.38mi
  2. Distance: 0.49mi
  3. Distance: 0.52mi
  4. Distance: 0.55mi

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (9)
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Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Organic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2012

Nice menu, good specials. portion's size was right. Service was prompt.
All in all, a very nice meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2012

We love this restaurant. Have been coming for many years, and it doesn't disappoint. If you want an authentic, unhurried dining experience where they are genuinely happy to to see that you enjoy your meal, in a place that will make you think you're in a small trattoria in Italy, you'll like Pulcinella. Poached pear, prosciutto and gorgonzola appetizer always terrific. Our party of four all enjoyed our shared appetizers and pasta course, as well as our entrees, which were a mix of specials and items on the regular menu (which I understand is changing imminently -- so we'll have to go back soon). Squisito!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2012

the bright florescent lights in the kitchen detracts from the ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2012

This is a small restaurant- 20 tables max.. where everything is cooked to order and delicious. The service is very personal and warm. The owner Giovanni oversees the entire operation, from the kitchen to the dining room. We split 2 appetizers for the 4 of us- the zucchini flower stuffed with mozzarella cheese was to die for, along with a salad- very nice. The osso bucco was a good portion size and very tasty, the veal bracciola was delicious. I had a whole roasted sea bream- very fresh and delicious. For dessert the tiramasiu and the panna cotta were just right. This place is a gem- love it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2012

Cute Italian restaurant with good authentic food. Like dining in a Italy. Limited wine selection. Delicious fresh fish and lobster ravioli.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Hidden gem in Cambridge with wonderful food and service (both of the owners served our table). We have been looking for a non-North End Italian restaurant for a while now and are incredibly glad we finally found one. The spaghetti and meatballs were delicious and I will return again and repeat my order. Only thing, your tab will be a bit more expensive than you may think for a quaint Italian dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2011

great time !! great host and hostess !!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2011

food was very good
great find
rabbit was particularly good
very authentic pasta
we will be back soon

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2011

Simply, in our opinion, one of the finest restaurants we have found in 15 years in Boston area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 20, 2011

One of the best meals ever! Excellent wine... delicious pasta, fish, even the bread was delicious. Italian food with love and feeling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2011

Our food was excellent (pasta, lasagna) and the servers were efficient but not pushy. Cute little restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2011

We had a fabulous evening to celebrate our anniversary. The host/waiter was friendly informative and attentive. The selections were interesting and tantalizing. The grilled fresh sardines were equal to those we had in Venice. Everything was delicious We event got a candle in our amazing triamisu and complementary port. The aromas from the open kitchen were delightful. The service was so great - very white tablecloth! The tables were a bit close for intimate conversation but those also lent for a chat about what was ordered. We had a wonderful experience and will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2011

Went out with a group of 5 which I think was a little much for the restaurant, but food was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 19, 2011

A lovely traditional Italian restaurant, perfect for a delicious, low-key evening out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2011

Nice low key Italian place, but a little over-priced for the level of food - probably because of the area

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2011

Trattoria Pulcinella is a solid B+. For a neighborhood spot, it's great. If you're looking for the best Italian around, some of the spots in the North-End are better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2011

Very enjoyable. Fine, authentic Italian food in a charming setting. Quiet and good for conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2011

Tasty food and nice atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2011

We have been here before and chose to drive an hour and half for the experience.
The food is outstanding, the place is quiet and the service is personal. Great recommendations on wine and desert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 14, 2011

Not fantastic but good, correct value, very pleasant staff.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2011

The cook Giovanni and the wait staff are attentive, pleasant to be around. The food is carefully and expertly prepared. A true gem in Cambridge

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2011

We love this restaurant. The food is perfectly Italian - traditional, perfectly cooked, but a cut-above. The risotto is the best I have eaten. It is like eating in a favorite restaurant in Italy. You will not be dazzled, but will never be disappointed. The food is always delicious. It is a hideaway of the best kind! We have moved from the area, but go back every time we can - and have for 20 years!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2011

Trattoria Pulcinella is one of our favorite restaurants, and this recent visit lived up to our expectations. Friendly service, great food, attention to dietary idiosyncracies. Not cheap -- expect to pay $100 or more for a dinner for two people (appetizers, entrees, bottle of wine) -- but worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2011

The food was very well prepared, and it was fun to try new preparations. The pace was leisurely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2011

The food at Trattoria Pulcinella is almost always outstanding. The menu is unique and thoughtful and seems to represent what you would find at a typical southern Italian neighborhood restaurant. The wine list is thoughtful and bottles are usually priced very reasonably. There is a personal quality to the service because this is such a small place. Overall, I have returned many times and always find the experience rewarding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2011

I went here with my wife for dinner. This is a great little place! I am a hard reviewer, and tend to review things on the same scale, so while they aren't on par with Clio or Market, they offer tasty Italian food at good prices. The service is also very friendly. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2011

My husband and I were visiting from Seattle and treid this restaurant because of its good reviews. We had the best dinner I have had in years. The food is intersting and absolutely delicious. We shared a baked pear/prociutto appetizer which was plenty for two. We were going to order two appetizers but our host said one would be plenty. I enjoyed the octopus linguine. We were considering whether to buy a bottle or glasses of wine and our host said he'd bring us two glasses of a good wine. He did and it was very good and he charged us very little for it. The restaurant is romantic and cozy, the service superb. If this was in my neighborhood I'd be there all the time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2011

What a find. Needed to meet some out of town business collegues staying in that area of Cambridge. The ower's service was great, small size was comfortable and food was excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2011

The food is absolutely fantastic and the ambience so wonderful - elegant but yet cozy. And the food is authentic Italian. Wonderful hidden gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2011

Love it. Unpretentious, wonderful food, and great for conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2011

The food is delicious and the patrons treated with appreciation and respect. Sets the standard for a neighborhood restaurant because it is family owned and the cook is superb. The waiters express enjoyment at serving the patrons and we will always return to Trattoria Pulcinella for special occasions and also with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2011

We'd been wanting to try Trattoria Pulcinella for a while and finally did - don't wait as long as we did - it was terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2011

This restaurant was exactly what I was hoping it would be, namely an authentic Italian experience.

My Pennino Alla Matriciana was wonderful (the 'guanciale' was extremely tasty), and my wife loved her 'burrata' and fusilli & shrimp diavolo. And our waiter was super, telling us about the specials and recommending a liqueur at the end of the meal.

But the authentic part of the experience? Our dining was not rushed! We were given all the time we wanted to make up our minds, to chat between courses, and to linger even after we'd finished our espresso. Bravo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2011

Neither I nor my date was very impressed. The food was good but unremarkable. Nothing like what we are used to experiencing at Bergamot, which is closer to us anyway. We won't go out of our way to dine there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2011

Wow, I went to the restaurant with my family for a graduation celebration, and it was an amazing experience. The hostess truly made the experience; she was attentive and gave great wine recommendations (keeping budget in mind too). The food was unbelievable; I had the cognilio and the sauce was perfect, and the veal was so tender and perfectly cooked. Highly recommended, and the staff made this a wonderful memory.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2011

Lovely surprise to find this charming restaurant with its gracious hosts and excellent food. The wild boar was especially delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2011

we really enjoyed our evening - great food and charming staff who very attentive but not intrusive

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2011

What an absolutely charming restaurant! Sorry I waited so long to try it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2011

The food at Trattoria Pulcinella was good, but probably not worth the price.

The bread served before the meal was a bit dry. I had the lamb shank when I visited. It was very tender, but the overall flavor did not stand out.

Service wise, our waiter was very careless when refilling out water. He managed to splash water outside of our glasses every visit without fail. Otherwise, the service was gracious, but this peculiarity was fairly annoying and memorable.

Overall, I judge that we could of had a better experience elsewhere.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2011

Fabulous and unusual food selections. Appetizers are to die for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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