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Fri, 2/23
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Trattoria Pulcinella

401 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 491-6336
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Giovanni Oliva
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Private party facilities
We close the restaurant for private party of 32 people and up.
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Private party contact
Giovanni: (617) 851-0371
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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
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

A very special place. We've been there often, and will return as soon as possible.

Dubs (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food and service were impeccable.

DanO (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our favorite neighborhood spots. Food is always good. Service is familial. I would highly recommend it.

Catherine (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I shared a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner here, our first time at the restaurant. The food and wine were exquisite, and our server, Omar, was attentive and kind. The atmosphere is cozy and very comfortable. We won't wait another year to go back!

Paul (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This is our go to neighborhood place. It has consistently excellent food and on weeknights it is quiet and relaxing. Last night, it was cold and icy and I asked if they had any soup. The waiter brought me the most delicious bowl of pureed vegetable soup and I was so delighted. It wasn't on the menu, but he was able to deliver! I also had the seafood casserole which I had had before. It was different this time, but still really good. The calamari that was in it was especially good. My husband had the chicken parmesan which looked delicious (he wouldn't share!) and our friend had clams with pasta that he said was also good. We had wine/beer and the tab came to $114 with tax and tip.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great spot for a large birthday party. Very personal and nice experience.

Avoid (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

An incredible disappointment! Last Saturday we had and early dinner there with a friend, three of us. The evening started out ok with a friendly server/host (owner?). From there it went downhill fast. We were likely the first customers and still they were out of two of their major entrees. Ok, but then we ordered and each of us was worse than the other. The Swordfish SPECIAL (I think it was around $25) looked like a thin slab of frozen swordfish (Trader Joe's has better) with a basic red sauce that wasn't too good. The Lamb on the bone was mostly bone with not much meat and a lot of fat. And finally the chicken parm was so basic: two thin chicken cutlets, red sauce and NO CHEESE! So the food was thoroughly mediocre/bad. Then the check came. Note: 3 people, no drinks: $140! I could easily accept the price if. If the food was good. I don't know what went wrong here. I see some very positive reviews for this place. But I see plenty who have had similar experiences to me. So maybe the positive ones are fake (friends of the owner) or they are just very inconsistent.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Great meal. All dishes were freshly made and very pleasant atmosphere in this small Italian restaurant. Our out of town guests really enjoyed it!

Ivana (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

It was terribly overpriced for what you get. Two meals with a bad tasting glass of wine for a $100. We waited for our meal to be ready for one hour even though the restaurant was empty when we came.

RickNabb (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The food at Trattoria Pulcinella was excellent. Combined with an aesthetic and pace of meal that resembles more of what you would get at an actual Italian restaurant, the entire experience of the meal is wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a slightly fancier Italian dinner that's very authentic.