Food & Drink

Neighborhoods: Porter Square

2015 Winner: Giulia

This quiet, rustically attractive restaurant isn’t a canonical Italian trattoria: There’s no chalkboard menu, and the wine list is too expansive. But in many good senses, chef Mike Pagliarini and partner Pamela Ralston nail the trattoria concept with a keen feel for seasonality, a dedication to clean, hand-crafted flavors (notably in the sublime housemade pastas) and the warm hospitality of a family-driven operation. It’s not simply a tremendous neighborhood spot, but one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.


1682 Mass. Ave., Cambridge • (617) 441-2800

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