Cuisine comes first at this mid-priced bistro and pizzeria.
If you're going to open a pizza restaurant in Harvard Square, a neighborhood already overloaded with options, you'd better have the goods. Trata scores on that front, with creative recipes, plentiful toppings (like the thick, handcut pepperoni-jalapeno-black olive pizza) and a crispy crust that's not oppressively filling. But the eatery completely transcends all expectations by moving well beyond the slice-and-a-soda genre with a menu that includes high-end, rustic, bistro-style entrees, sandwiches and desserts. A candle-lit room, with exposed brick walls and deconstructed industrial ceilings, mingles abstract modern art and soccer-sporting flatscreens. Here, you'll want to linger, rather than just stuff your pie hole.