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
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.
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.
It's a mystery why this place is still open after so many years. True, it's one of the few quiet places in the area but that doesn't make up for its mediocre food and way over-priced wine list. The salume antipasto was just a bunch of sausage laid on a plate (and not much of it, either) in a haphazard way with no other goodies that one would expect from an antipasto. The warm spinach salad was ok but nothing special. Pretty bland. My husband had the roasted suckling pig porcetta that turned out to look and taste like a couple of ham slices from Star Market. That did come with some broccoli rabe which he said was tasty. My butternut squash ravioli in a sage butter sauce sounded good but was also bland. The pasta itself was well made - not too doughy. For 4 of us, our bill was way over $200 (before the tip!) and we didn't have dessert. We left feeling disappointed. The fact that the place was less than half full on a Saturday night should have been a warning sign. I will give credit to the server (owner?) who was very nice. Too bad this cozy quiet place was so disappointing.
This neighborhood Italian restaurant is a real gem. A friend recommended it to us when we were in the neighborhood and we still come back even though it is farther away now. The menu changes often, and always has some yummy twist. The owner waits on all the tables himself and is thoroughly professional. We are not tall people so we often split an appetizer, and there was no fuss about that. The split appetizer arrived on two plates. Desserts are also scrumptious and rotating. The ambience is wonderful - easy to talk to the people in your party, and seating is flexible for family groups of 8-10 or dates for two. Highly recommended for special family occasions or a date night. Definitely a favorite place of ours.
The food is consistently excellent. The service is good. We were having a nice chat and enjoying our wine after our meal and the waiter didn't bother us. That was nice. It was very relaxing. The night we went, the restaurant was packed, which was nice. Still able to converse easily.
My friend and I decided to try this neighborhood spot. We were delighted. The food and ambiance were lovely--a touch of romance, yet relaxed. My clam linguine was delicious as was the chocolate mocha mousse! Our half bottle of Chianti was so good--we ordered more! Will definitely come back again!
An exceptional restaurant! Excellent cuisine: traditional Italian fare. Excellent service. This was my first visit, after reading about it on Open Table. It reminded me of the best of the Boston North End Italian restaurants and, decades ago when I was growing up in New York City , our special occasion Italian restaurant. Highly recommended.
My family's been going here for 22 years and it's been wonderful the entire time. The service is superb and the atmosphere is great. The food ranges from fantastic versions of American Italian food to extremely well done renditions of authentic Italian food.
My partner and I stumbled upon this place in the hunt for trying to find a new place to eat, and we did not expect to find such a gem of a restaurant! We made a reservation, which is a must, because there are only about 8 tables. But that is part of the charm of this place: it is so cozy and intimate, you almost feel like you are in a friend's kitchen. The food of course was amazing, and some of the most authentic Italian food I have had in Boston so far. I loved everything about this place, and would recommend to anyone who wants to treat their loved ones to a cozy, romantic setting :)
Since I've had great meals at Pulcinella in the past, thought it was a good place for special dinner with my daughter who was visiting me from out of town. Perhaps we hit it on the wrong night...or staff/management has changed since my last visit? I had one of the specials: skate wing. The skate wing was just all right but I ate it ( even though I wanted to send it back), and I experienced a strong ammonia aftertaste in my mouth as soon as the plate was taken off the table--which meant my initial thought that it wasn't fresh was right. My daughter said her wine was terrific but the pasta was very mushy. I had indicated on my reservation that I was gluten free--NO GLUTEN FREE PASTA HERE. The cook did accommodate by not flouring the skate wing. The only vegetables available were spinach and canned artichokes; so in addition to not being a place for gluten sensitive people, it had no indication of accommodating the vegetarian. This is a small place, a neighborhood place near to me, and is full of fond memories--both culinary and emotional. I wish it had been a better food night.
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