On August 2nd I received an email from Thrillist that the North End was getting a new dining spot, Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar. As far as I'm concerned, other than my favorite, Bacco, all the North End restaurants are the same, but a mozzarella bar? This is totally new.
As a vegetarian, cheese is a pretty important part of my diet and mozzarella is one of the best. After receiving the grand opening email, I immediately forwarded it to two friends who share my same passion for the creamy, Italian cheese.
We decided to meet at Pulcinella on a Friday night after work. What better way to usher in the weekend than with plates covered in mozzarella cheese?
Pulcinella is across the street from Antico Forno. The red brick building is dressed with sleek, black awnings over each of the windows.
While looking over the menu we noshed on crusty bread and olive oil topped with basil and red pepper flakes.
Our first dish was eggplant involtini. Pieces of mozzarella cheese are wrapped in thin slices of grilled eggplant and served swimming in a sea of house made tomato sauce. The sauce was a bit oily, but the eggplant and cheese combination was superb.
The zucchini flowers tasted like they were fried in tempura. They were light and flaky on the outside, but creamy on the inside.
For dinner, one of the girls ordered the paccheri which is mozzarella stuffed meatballs. The meatballs came over a bed of wide noodle pasta. She explained, "The meatballs were super amazing. I could have had two more, easily. Sadly, the pasta wasn't great. It was too dry because there wasn't enough sauce."
Confession: none of us knew what a budino was. After careful and dedicated research, I am happy to report that budino is like chocolate mousse, but slightly thicker and served in a creme brulee dish. The mocha flavor was fantastic and we cleared that bowl right out.
We had a great waitress, a star table and plate after plate of out of this world food. If you're looking for a new spot in the North End, bump Pulcinella to the very top of your list.