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Pulcinella
Pulcinella

Pulcinella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pulcinella.ca
  • Email: info@pulcinella.ca
  • Phone: (403) 283-1166
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenic Tudda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer an extensive catering menu, which also includes items not listed on our regular dining menu, that will provide you with a fantastic Italian cuisine for your upcoming event.
    Please call us directly, and we would be more than happy to put together a package for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Book Pulcinella for your private event! Pulcinella will close it's doors to the public to host private events. Book either the main floor of Pulcinella or our upper floor- or both! Available for lunch and dinner events any day of the week. Please call us directly, and we would be more than happy to provide you with more information about this great, private space and corresponding menu options.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Marra (403) 283-1166

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kensington Road NW
  • Public Transit: Pulcinella is only a 10 minute walk from the Sunnyside C-train station, and there are many city buses which pass through this popular and lively area just outside of downtown Calgary.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a large amount of street parking available, as well as a very affordable parkade at the end of the block.
A word from Pulcinella
Executive Chef Domenic Tudda spent his childhood years learning of Italian cuisine while his family owned and operated Stromboli's restaurant in Calgary. He furthered his education by undergoing extensive culinary training in Italy and has been able to continue his parent's legacy of bringing unique and incredibly authentic Italian dining to Calgarians. One of the most revered of these ventures is Ristorante Pulcinella, where Domenic first earned distinction when his international training crossed borders and entered Calgary in the spring of 2006. One of the few APN (Associazione Pizzaioli Napolitani) certified pizzerias in the world, Domenic has been able to showcase his culinary skills, incredible wine knowledge, and passion for Italian cuisine to provide Calgary with a truly artistic, original and delicious experience not soon to be forgotten. Certainly not your classical North American pizza, it's definitely different, but definitely delicious.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Once again Pucinella has proven to be a great choice for a night out. Excellent appetizers followed by great pizza and wine. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Unfortunately it took the servers almost 20 minutes to find us a table when we arrived in the near empty restaurant on time for our res., and then told we had to by 7:15, when we were barely seated before 6. We told them not to put us upstairs, but that was apparently the only table available. We were rushed the entire time; our server tried to take our appetizer away while we were still eating it, and then we were given our bill before we were even finished eating; didn’t even have the option to look at a dessert menu. The server had the manager come by with the credit card machine to pay before we had even looked at the bill and stood there waiting for us to clear up the tab before we could even discuss the payment between our party..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Although we enjoyed our meal, I would say the hipe of the quality of food is a bit inflated. I would recommend WOPs pizza over here. It is still good."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I've been to Pulcinella a lot and I love it!!! However this visit was disappointing. They've changed the funghi fritti, an amazing appetizer, which is now made of massive mushrooms with hardly any sauce? Super awkward to rave and rave about a dish then bring a friend to the restaurant and have the appetizer be so disappointing. We didn't even finish it. Should switch it back. The pizza we order was described as having mushrooms, artichokes, and prosciutto but the pizza was divided into four and each quarter only had one ingredient on it? Was their a change in chefs? This most recent visit was super disappointing. If it doesn't change my next visit will he my last. Sad to loose one of my favourite restaurants!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband and I were very disappointment in the food. The calamari was fresh but the batter was too thick. The batter was a spicy take. We were in the mood for simple calamri. That is not what we had and I had to ask for lemons. How can you serve Calamri without lemons. We ordered a cheese and sauce pizza. Once again very disappointed. The middle of the pizza was so soggy. Part of the pizza was soggy and other parts very dry. I had asked for Bufflo mozza on top and what I got well, I can't tell. The basil on the pizza was cooked instead of fresh and the pizza sauce and overall taste was bland. Overall, nasty. We had also ordered their blood orange and fennel salad and once again disappointed. The salad tasted watery and not taste."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My friend and I had both seen this show on great Pizza Wars and figured this would be the best pizza in town, unfortunately we were disappointed. There was nothing special about this pizza. We felt like we could've made this at home. We felt the dessert was three times as good as the pizza."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Pulcinella is one of our favorite places to dine. One of our favorite dishes is their polenta lasagna. We decided to try a number of new dishes this time round and requested the meatballs and the arancini. At first we thought, not a good pick as we were very turned off by the food. However even our beloved polenta lasagna was not up to its usual snuff. And the pizza (cannot recall the name but has a cross on it with 4 different toppings) also was hard to take especially with the anchovy and mushroom section -and I like anchovies! We realized that the red sauce was unbearably salty and that is why we were having trouble. Not sure what happened that night but hopefully on our next visit the food will be back to its usual outstanding standard."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Fabulous spot for foodies and for those loving a vibrant, happening evening out. Beautiful décor; exquisite food (antipasto tray to die for; great wine; freshly topped tasty pizzas; desserts and coffees heavenly. Wait staff friendly, attentive and unobstrusive. Overall, a wonderful get together for a group of long time friends. A memorable meal. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went there with a group of girls for my birthday on Saturday March 15th. Our server went above and beyond for us and that is enough reason to come back. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Too noisy! Could not hear each other...we are in our early 30's and love a lively restaurant on a Saturday night - but this was much too loud to carry on a conversation! Also our waitress was horrible."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Pulcinella has a very happening atmosphere downstairs, and a quieter more romantic atmosphere upstairs. The waiter was very prompt and even gave us a free shot for my birthday! The food was impeccable, and the wine definitely helped :) I would recommend Pulcinella to anyone!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was our second time at the restaurant and was certainly not as good as we remembered. In spite of having an early reservation, we got stuck in a corner next to another couple in spite of asking to be moved and there being many open tables. The food was OK. Too much oil on the bruschetta and the calzone was clearly burned. We mentioned the burned crust to the waitress and was told it is supposed to be that way. We won't go back - too many other good options in the area to risk having this happen again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The Calamari was crisp and wonderful. Pizzas were some of the best I have had the pleasure to taste!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere, and the pizza is always great. Best part is the Nutella dessert pizza. Devine."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I went with my family to Pucinellas and we all shared 2 pizzas, 1 lasagna, 1 gnocchi and 1 order of meatballs. The meatballs were delectable, juicy and tender m. They just melt in your mouth. I really enjoyed one of the pizzas, the diablo it was spicy and almost any toppings would taste good on that crust! The rusticity was pretty good but I did not enjoy it as much. The gnocchi was pleasantly light and airy. The lasagna was good but wasn't worth waiting 30 minutes for. I did not care for the assortment of meat in it. The service was good but our waitress did not do anything to make the service or experience exceptinal. Over all I would recommend any one who hasn't been to come and try their amazing pizza. It is defiantly worth the trip!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Wonderful Napoletana food, a large selection of Italian wines, good service with friendly, helpful staff and a noisy, fun, ambiance. We were there at 6:30 PM on a Saturday evening and there were lots of kids. This would not be the ideal time if you were looking for a quiet setting for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We are from Red Deer and friends from Calgary invited us. We were early for our reservation and they welcomed us in to sit down and have a drink while we waited which was lovely. The wine list was superb and enjoyed the pizza and cheese cake very much! The only thing was we found it a little noisy to visit, but overall enjoyed the evening very much :)"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food and service. Usually have the pizza but enjoyed the tortellini this time - absolutely delicious! Service is always fast and friendly."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Been to Pulcinella many times and the experience is always consistently good."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We took my Mom to Pulcinella for her birthday and it was awesome! The service was fantastic, and the food was delicious. It's such a great restaurant, with excellent decor and ambience. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great night out!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been here several times, we love the pizza, the vibe, and the atmosphere. We've only sat upstairs once before this time and we were shocked the waiter remembered us. Rob, our waiter was exceptional. He knew the menu and made great recommendations. He took great care of us and didn't rush us as he realized we were there to enjoy the evening. We go to other restaurants much more frequently than this and are never remembered by staff. Well done, Rob. We will be back and will be requesting your section!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I always forget how good the place is. Never disappoints. Italian authenticity goes beyond the menu and beyond most other *famous* establishments."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Deeeelish! Even my two year old loves the gorgonzola sauce that comes with the beautifully crispy wild mushrooms. An absolute must try."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We went to Pulcinella's for my birthday dinner on Feb. 21st.. It was perfect! -- could not have been better!!! I had gnocchi (mmmm), my husband has tortelinni (equallky mmm) and my mom had the soup (delicous). The service was amazing....very friendly and annentive. Love the energetic atmosphere.....lots always happening here! And wonderful central location in Knesington......and all for a reasonable price. Thanks to Peter, our server (it was his birthday too), and the whole gang at Pulcinella's for making it such a special evening! We will be back for sure.......now our favourite restaurant in Calgary!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Have been there twice, and was told your pizza is great and have yet to have experienced it, next time."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We were happy with Pulcinella because after making a reservation but being late, they were able to change our reservation for us for an hour later! Was such a huge help... Good food, good drinks."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food. Always feel welcome. However, we found it extremely noisy. It was hard to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We love this place. The pizza is fantastic, the desert is delicious. The only issue we had was the wine. We were presented with a taste of their feature wine and after perusing the menu decided to get it. The waiter never mentioned the price, but we assumed it would be in the $10-$12 range per glass as were all the other reds. When we got our bill it ended up being $21 per glass. I guess that was also our fault for not asking, but it felt a little sneaky on the waiter's part. We will definitely go back....we'll just ask the wine prices next time!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We love Italian cuisine, but Italian is not only about pizza! I ordered spaghetti carbonara for a change and was greatly disappointed. How can pasta, in Italian restaurant, be Overcooked???!! my dish was simply sort of ... gluey and starchy. We also ordered a pizza, which was very good, but I get the same pizza (i.e. so good) at 2/3 prize in Famoso. Service was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always a fun place for us with friends or with family. Love the casual but modern look. Love the open stone oven. Easy place to enjoy."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "I had a pizza and it was just OK. Good size, nice thin crust, but just OK. I won't visit again. I much prefer Without Papers in Inglewood."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was good, service was fast. We were looking for a quick dinner on a Monday night, and Pulcinella did the trick !"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Our food was great, it was a perfect valentine's day lunch, but our server seemed more interested in talking to the person at the bar than actually serving the tables she was looking after."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Large portions, We started with the mushroom-gorgonzola appetizer which could almost be a meal by itself for one person. Tasty but a little on the salty side. Wife had the ravioli and quite enjoyed it. I had the lasagna, it was a little on the bland side. Not bad for a night out, at least to try. Will probably go back at some point but there are lots of other places i'd sooner go. service was good and friendly."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I'm a fan of the atmosphere, however the Valentines day grab was disappointing. A 4 course menu of some defined choices. EXCEPT 1 selection for your appetizers between two? Some stupid logic that took away from the sale of their restaurant in my eyes. WE wanted to try different things and for a couple hundred dollars (adding wine pairing). Come on. Regardless, nothing was all that noteworthy. Felt rushed for a Valentines day "grab" and that's a shame as I love the location and atmosphere. I'm there often, but this is my "critical" hat. I'm generally fine with everything, but if you want an opinion? I'll give you MY truth ;) It has fallen off my radar in the new pizza generation restaurants. Hopefully they notice times are changing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was good. The service wasn't great. And what's up with not putting a drink menu on the table? Overpriced. Won't go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was really great! I've had authentic Italian pizza on the East Coast where I'm from (they, too, have trained in Italy) and it's very similar. Great flavour, fresh & high quality ingredients, and a thin crust. Both my partner and I enjoyed our meals very much. The wine was good, but was not expecting it to be $21 a glass. Dessert was so delicious! We shared the unbaked cheesecake. Should have ordered my own ;) The noise level when we first arrived was way too high. Every table was full and the acoustics not that great. A couple had brought their very young children (<3yrs) and their cries were amplified. Not pleasant. By 830pm the noise level was much more tolerable and we were able to chat and hear one another. GREAT FOOD!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We loved everything about it ! It was a recommandation from our son and we are very glad we went. Just wished they would open one in montreal, where we live!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It didn't disappoint! Great food and service, not to mention wine. We both had pasta - no appetizers, pizza or dessert. Portions were generous and the meat was tender. Flavours were deep and didn't feel overly rich. Only downfall was that it was very loud and everything echoed. I didn't enjoy raising my voice to coverse with a friend. Granted, it was very busy when we went. Despite the loudness, everything else was great. We weren't rushed out after finishing our meal."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed a meal here before a show at the Jubilee. We were a group of 6 and loved the the lively atmosphere. Food was good with a nice selection. Great place for food in an evening with a group of friends."
    Dined on 11/24/2013