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Oct 30, 2008 07:41 AM

Trata-Harvard Square, Pleasant Experience!

Stopped into Trata on Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square last night for a casual pre-theater dinner with a few friends. I was a bit apprehensive as I'd read the less-than-stellar reviews on this board . . . but our experience couldn't have been better! The menu is focused on pizza, sandwiches, and salads, but they also have a few entrees on their regular menu and a nice selection of nightly specials. Our group ordered a few salads, two pizzas (the artichoke-mushroom and a simple margarita), the pulled-pork panini, and the lump crabmeat-avocado panini. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of Chilean Cabernet (the wine selection was better than I expected). Add to this a very warm/cozy atmosphere (the bar is especially inviting), and what's not to like? If you're looking for a casual place with a reasonably-priced menu to grab a quick bite to eat and a nice glass of wine, Trata fits the bill. I'll definitely be back.

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  1. I'm losing touch, had never heard of this or Zing Pizza by Porter Sq. (or its predecessor). What was in the Trata space?

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    1. re: Joanie

      Hi. It's located next to Daedulus (sic?). It may have been the old Tommy's Lunch.

      1. re: Mervyn Cruddy

        I'd like to give a shout out to Trata as well - I was shocked it was so trashed on this board. I've been there twice - I would consider the food "solid," not amazing, but for Harvard Square, where "variety" is Tommy Doyle's, Grendel's Den, John Harvard's, and Grafton Street, I would definitely say it's something different and good. I thought the pizzas were pretty tasty, and anywhere that makes good prosecco cocktails is okay in my book :). It's much better than some of the places that have managed to gain success in the area. If you're looking for something different, especially if you're near the Kennedy School or the business school (which are both very close by), it's a good place to check out at least once and make the call for yourself.

    2. Finally went to Trata last night. It was terrible. Really bad pizza and very marginal service; we had to call out to the waitress to get her attention so that we could order - and there were only two other tables of customers in the place. I will not be returning. I'm sorry that it's not better because it is near my office and there really are not many good options in the area. The sauce on the pizza was definitely from a jar - overseasoned and unpleasant. The pizza crust was also clearly a frozen, pre-formed item. A pita bread would have been a better "crust". Toppings* were good but unfortunately they were sitting in that awful sauce (*artichokes, goat cheese).