Thursday, September 14, 2023

Pikalo Opens in the Former Izzy's Restaurant Space in Cambridge

A local group of dining spots known in part for their empanadas has expanded to Cambridge, taking over the space where a longtime Puerto Rican eatery had been.

According to a Bluesky post from troysch1, Pikalo is now open in the former Izzy's Restaurant space on Harvard Street, joining others in Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Lawrence, and Lowell. Based on the other outlets, expect to find a variety of empanadas at the new spot along with such options as tostadas, burgers, smoothies, and more.

Izzy's closed early last year after being in business for 40 years.

The address for the new location of Pikalo in Cambridge is 169 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. The website for Pikalo is at

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[More restaurant openings/closings from the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]