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Italian Restaurant in Cambridge

Can someone recommend a good Italian restaurant, medium priced, not just pizza? We'll be there this week.

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1. Re: Italian Restaurant in Cambridge

My favorite Italian restaurant in Cambridge is probably Trattoria Pulcinella. They focus on Neopolitan-style food and usually have some great seafood dishes. It's at the corner of Huron & Concord avenues, about a 15-minute walk from Harvard Square, or a 5-minute bus ride from Harvard on route 72, 74, 75, or 78.

Rialto at the Charles Hotel is also delicious, though quite pricy. For a very tasty but no-frills, order-at-the-counter kind of place, Il Panino Express is very good. It's right on Massachusetts Ave. between Harvard & Central squares. They do pizza and calzones, but also pasta dishes and the like. The gnocchi is great.

Keep in mind you can easily hop over to Boston where there are tons of great Italian restaurants in the North End. For North End suggestions, you can search past recommendations on this forum, but my favorites are Antico Forno (casual) and Mamma Maria (upscale).

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Did you have a specific neighborhood in mind? Any reason you are limited to just Cambridge?

Gran Gusto is very good, but a bit of a pain to get to via the T.

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Although not Italian, I've eaten at Harvest a few times and enjoyed it everytime. It too is priced in the Rialto range...but I'm finding many local restaurants are offering lower priced options these days.

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I know you're looking for an Italian restaurant in Cambridge, but I wanted to make sure you knew that the next town over in Cambridge is a wonderful Italian restaurant with no attitude, with great prices and you know what you ask for is made fresh. It's located at 450 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington and it's called La Buona Vita so remember that one when you arrive:


"Dante" located at 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd. in Cambridge is a lot different type of Italian restaurant, it's a newer style that gets rave reviews just the same. They actually won Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" for 2008 for Italian restaurants in Cambridge. There's a really nice patio with an outdoor bar here that people like a lot due to having incredible views of the Charles River and Boston. There is affordable parking near by which makes it convenient as well.


Also check this site, it will give you further details on it:

www.opentable.com/rest_profile.aspx… 6:45:00 PM,9/16/2009 7:00:00 PM,9/16/2009 7:45:00 PM&i=0&hpu=893557270&t=fr

The Groceria used to be my favorite it was SO good in Cambridge but it's no longer there unfortunately, I have been to the La Buona Vita in Arlington and we really enjoyed it there a lot, it reminded me of a restaurant in the North End quite a bit.

Wherever you decide to have dinner, have a wonderful time!

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