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Posted by Piper M on 04/03/2013
We had read the excellent reviews and were really looking forward to a new Italian dining experience in Cambridge. But, starting with the fake Christmas flowers in the front windows in the week after Easter (!!) and having to sit at a tiny high-top table for dining (way too small and uncomfortable)-and paper napkins!!, I was put off and the food never made up for it. My dinner (the interesting and rich 2-cheese and prosciutto appetizer drizzled with great balsamic and the veal scallopini entree) were okay but not especially pleasing. The scallopini was too much, too many ingredients (mozzarella, prosciutto, puddles of olive oil and something else, brown like gravy--??), and too much in taste and texture like the appetizer. I could only eat half the scallopini and my friend and I had shared the appetizer. We had also ordered a side dish to share of their homemade pasta to try it--it was rigatoni with garlic but it was, sadly, quite tough, and not very good. A big disappointment because we had been looking forward to trying their homemade pastas. My friend liked her eggplant entree but also couldn't finish it. My red wine (Nero D'avola) was good but I agree with an earlier reviewer that the Italian wine list could be a tad longer (I realize it is a very small restaurant and wine storage is probably not easy in that space, but. . .). The artisan breads were wonderful--the best ever!! Fantastic!! We did not have dessert. Service was great--pleasant and helpful, and Ali (the young owner who is Moroccan Italian) was enthusiastic and eager to please. Sadly, I'm not sure I'll return, though I should probably give it another try, especially since it is true that Cambridge is low on good Italian restaurants. (I like Gran Gusto best, on Sherman St., and also Pulcinella mostly because it is right around the corner from where I live, so it's convenient for walking.)
Posted by Sabrina Hamilton on 01/07/2013
Some of the best Italian food I've had in a very long time - at great prices. And bread to die for!
Posted by Russell on 12/02/2012
Hot, hearty and really good Italian food! My only complaint is the wine list: It would be pretty easy to add 4 or 5 bottles of good red Italian to the list and dont be shy charging for the good stuff!
Posted by Arlingtonian on 07/20/2012
Yummy bread basket, great arugula salad, loved our meals of pasta in zucchini sauce with shrimp and little gnocchi-like pasta with broccoli rabe and clams. everything was different than i've ever had before. Also the chianti was perfectly smooth and delightful. i might have preferred the restaurant to be slightly lighter inside but that could just be my aging eyes.
Posted by Wendy Rodwin on 12/11/2011
This is Italian food like I eat in Italy at friends' houses--well-presented, healthy, in reasonable proportions. A delight.
Posted by Mrs. T. on 09/15/2011
BEST, BEST, BEST Italian food I've had in a long, long time! As I am an Italian American who loves to cook, I don't usually frequent Italian restaurants and when I do go, I get bored with the "Italian Restaurant Row" in the North End of Boston; Franchese, Marsala or Parmigiana gets old after a while! This place, however... is a breath of fresh air to say the least. I'm not sure what the name of our appetizer special was but it was a large, fresh bundle of mozzarella cheese on a bed of baby arugula with a sweet drizzle of a balsamic reduction and some freshly sliced proscuitto. The catch? When you bit into the fresh mozzarella, there was a creamy marscarpone center... it was "to die for"! My husband had the special risotto which was the best I've ever tasted and I had the homemade papparadelle pasta with baby shrimp in a zucchini based sauce. First of all, the pasta was light & airy; not dense & heavy like some homemade pasta can be and I would really like to know how they managed to cook baby shrimp without it getting well done! Every bite was even better than the last! We shared a Tiramasu for dessert and even though we were both full beforehand, we ate every last morsel of it! As if the rest of my review wasn't enough for you... the assortment of home baked breads actually made me dizzy with delight; they even sell them by the loaf! I simply cannot say enough about this place... Great food, reasonalbly priced, charming servers... what more could I have asked for? Once the liquor license or beer & wine license comes through, I just may rent an apartment upstairs! Ciao bella!