by Nancy Kalajian
Located right across from the Porter Exchange building, Marcella's is a
stylish little Italian place with a takeout counter and a handful of two-person
tables. Back when it first opened, the kitchen generated such delicious smells
that the neighbors actually complained. Maybe they were jealous. Those who
venture in can make a filling meal out of Marcella's hearty focaccia pizzas,
made fresh daily, which cost about $5 each. The toppings include such
irresistible combos as sun-dried tomatoes and pecorino Romano cheese; pesto
with black olives; and rosemary with herbs and red onions.
Also on the menu: fresh salads, rotisserie-cooked chicken and turkey,
roasted potatoes, and more than 20 pleasing sandwiches, including Marcella's
Classico -- capocollo, provolone, Italian sweet peppers, onions, lettuce, and
Balsoro dressing on focaccia ($5.75 for a full sandwich, or $3.25 for the
"piccolo" version, available weekdays until 3 p.m.). Bring your own coffee cup
and you'll get a 25 percent discount on coffee to go. Plenty of reasonably
priced breads and desserts are available, too.
Marcella's, located at 1808 Mass Ave (Porter Square), in Cambridge,
is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Call (617) 547-5000.