Set along the bustle of Mass Ave. in Cambridge, Giulia combines Italian charm with modern American elegance. Sit at the massive bar or the dining room’s communal table and you may feel like you’re part of a huge Italian family meal; the café tables provide just enough privacy for date night. Chef-owner Michael Pagliarini (formerly of Via Matta) turns out rich and earthy dishes and exceptional house-made pastas that provide plenty of excuses to delve into beverage manager Megan Cormier’s Italian wine list. Start the evening with The Sexy Americano (an Aperol cocktail) and sweet and savory duck heart spiedini with pickled onions; then delve into the list for gems like the 2011 Scacciodiavoli Grechetto, built to bring out the salty depth of the tiny clams in brodetto.
1682 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts
This story appears in the print issue of August 2013.
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