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Only 1 good Italian Restaurant in Cambridge and no French Restaurants at all

Why ??
If you live in Cambridge where do you go nearby for a great Italian or French meal?
I know what Boston has to offer so no recs there please.

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  1. Disagree that there's no good French or Italian in Cambridge. Here are some suggestions nearby and not in the direction of Boston:

    Italian: dante, Rialto, Trattoria Pulcinella, Bistro 5, Lil Vinny's, Vinny's at Night, Posto, Il Pescatore

    French: Craigie on Main, Salts, Sandrine's, T.W. Food, Chez Henri (dining room), Elephant Walk

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    Trattoria Pulcinella
    147 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

    Pescatore
    158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

    Elephant Walk
    2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

    Bistro 5
    5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

    Chez Henri
    1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    T.W. Food
    377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Sandrine's
    8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Also more downscale Italian/Italian-inspired options including City Girl Cafe, Armando's, Emma's, Cambridge One...Baraka Cafe is heavily French-influenced as well.

    2. What is the good Italian restaurant you are mentioning? Gran Gusto? I'm a big fan of that place. Also, East Side Bar and Grille on Cambridge Street has some decent Italian food as well.

      As for French, Bondir on Broadway has been getting good reviews, though it may be a bit closer to New American than French.

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      Gran Gusto
      90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

      Bondir
      279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I like Gran Gusto and in the same vein Posto is very good as well. Somerville, yes, but the boundaries blur.

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        Gran Gusto
        90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. re: yumyum

          And here's a picture of the great pizza at Posto. (this was the Calabrese with very good salumi, basil and fiore de latte)

           
        2. I disagree as well. Sandrine's is good as is Rialto and Dante. I've heard great things about Craigie on Main & Chez Henri.

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          Chez Henri
          1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Craigie on Main
          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Sandrine's
          8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. You must not get out much ;-) I agree with the other posters below. Lot's of options.

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            1. re: StriperGuy

              or your standards are very high; you can always try lyon.

            2. Pescatore is great! I think if it were anywhere but its little corner in Ball Square it would be slammed with people. Food is super tasty, prices are reasonable, service is good - what more could you ask for? We love this place - but of course we're walking in knowing what exactly to expect.

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              Pescatore
              158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

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                1. re: Ella Bella

                  what are your 3 favorite dishes there?

                  1. re: holldoll

                    i've had, and enjoyed, the fusilli amalfi and the steak tips. their pizza is also very good. it's not a super fancy place, but a fantastic neighborhood joint.

                  2. re: Ella Bella

                    I've only been to Pescatore once but I was a little disappointed. I had the Fusilli Amalfi, and the shrimp were overcooked, the lobster too - but the scallops were very good. To be fair, my DCs enjoyed their meals very much (sorry, I can't remember what they ordered - it was a couple of months ago). The service was good and our waiter was VERY handsome - I chuckled b/c I was there with 2 girlfriends, and most of the other tables seemed to be full of women too.

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                    Pescatore
                    158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144