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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for a Date (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Comfort Food (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fun (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were impeccable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·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.

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 (New England)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A great find! Definitely will return. The specials of the day were all excellent. Linguine with clams and sausage was a bit dry.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Pulcinella is our go-to for family, friends, and business dinners. Always delicious, always accommodating. We send our customers there when they are looking for a place for a great dinner in the area, and no one is ever disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love this place. Great neighborhood spot, food is great and such a sweet room.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A wonderful dining experience. Great food and personal service in a quiet cozy environment. Will definitely be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food! Daughter and dad are the only servers so reservations need to wait but so worth it!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I took my team out for to dinner at Trattoria Pulcinella. The service and the food were excellent! Everyone really enjoyed their meal. Very cozy!

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

17 years between visits, and it's still amazing! Authentic Italian where the Owner waits tables.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome service and the food is always prepared and served with style.
Mario is the most welcoming and gracious host.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Amazing and wonderful

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I'm a regular here and this was another excellent meal. I really like this place,
but they are nearly a mile from Harvard Square and don;t get so many walk-ins.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Was a quaint place where one can enjoy a great meal out - You can take your time and enjoy each course - large wine selection and great taste of Italy. Would go back every time we are in the area.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Thank you so much for a lovely evening. We will be back soon!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Comfortable, quiet, neighborhood restaurant. A lovely dinner spot.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

we loved the food! And the mom and pop atmosphere! I definitely recommend it to all!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We've been dining at Pulcinella for over ten years now and have not only never been disappointed but always very pleased with the service and the cuisine. The décor is also uplifting to the spirit while arriving and eating. Highly recommended

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Super neighborhood find! Food was delicious and owner/food server was very hospitable and attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The chef has a very pleasant and inviting personality. Family owned. All recommendations were great, the pasta (simple pasta with garlic and olive oil) was pure gold...

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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We searched for a restaurant that would meet our needs. It was a great night. Awesome food.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Good food for a fair price. Services by the very owners of the restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Been having wonderful meals here for years. The food is fabulous and the service is great. Always such a lovely evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent food, authentic Italian with good portion sizes

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 12, 2017

We very much enjoyed the food, service, ambiance and overall experience of this lovely little restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Dependably delicious food, excellent wine, and superb service in a relaxed, quiet environment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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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