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About 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.

1147 Kensington Cres NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1X7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Thursday 5:00PM-11:00PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Cross Street:
Kensington Road NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 283-1166

Website:
http://www.pulcinella.ca/

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.

Parking Details:
There is a large amount of street parking available, as well as a very affordable parkade at the end of the block.

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.

Executive Chef:
Domenic Tudda

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pulcinella Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Authentic (24)
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Good for Groups (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Romantic (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined 2 days ago

My girlfriends and I came here over the weekend for a girls night as I've read many great reviews about it on Zomato and OpenTable.

The service was great - very attentive and the waitress checked in on us several times; our waters were refilled several times as well.

The food came out pretty quickly (10-15 minute wait after ordering). We started off with the arugula salad and mussels. The sauce that came with the mussels was a little too salty. We shared the gnocchi and carbonara - the gnocchi was not 'al dente' and the carbonara was almost like eating a spoonful of salt. We ended up mixing the two pastas so it was edible. We ended with the Tiramisu for dessert - which was phenomenal.

Service was great - just a food needs improvement.

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 (Calgary)·Dined 2 days ago

As always the food was delicious and the service was great. We come here often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Pulcinella on a Thursday evening date to finish off the week. We were looking for a nice Italian dinner. I ordered pizza (Sausage and broccoli Rab) and my wife ordered the rigatoni and specifically asked for al dente pasta. The pizza was tasty and well cooked. The crust wasn’t burnt (as it has been in the past....yes I know they ‘char’ it but i’ve Had it come well burnt here before). The pasta was overcooked and mushy and the sauce was very watery and bland. I think that is ‘three strikes you’re out’ for us and Pulcinella.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I wasn’t satisfied with the food. The pizza is tasteless and you don’t get the value for what you pay. The server was very sweet but just disappointed with the food.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Took the lady out for dinner and pulcinella, which was recommended by a friend. We had phenomenal service and the food was exemplary. We had the calamari to start, a couple of the pizzas and a little gelato to end the night. Everything was on point and simply put absolutely delicious. I believe our servers name was Rochelle, she was very friendly and extremely professional. She was always on the ball let alone the fact that the resturaunt was packed.

Would recommend as we will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is a fun place to dine with or without kids. The pizzas are fantastic. We like the prosciutto e rucola. It’s pizza and salad all in one!
One of the things we really love it that they sell Innis&Gunn beer on tap and served in a chalice!

If you have small kids ask to sit around the pizza oven to keep them occupied watching the chefs at work.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Pulcinella has a great ambiance and is perfect for a date or a dinner out with friends. There are many pizza and drink options, all of which are fantastic. The only drawback is that the appetizers and salads are priced like the entres and are small for sharing.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Everytime we visit Pulcinella we leave with full bellies and awesome experience. Whatever you order I can assure you it is gonna be delicious. This time we came with our clients/friends and they had an outstanding experience too.
Try arrancini and you will never want to leave. They come in 3 pieces and if I would not be embarrased I would eat them all by myself lol. 4 people for dinner? No worry, they will be happy to make 4 pieces for you. 😊
Best aperol spritz and cheesecake in city.
It is a bit challenging for parking but dedinitely worth it. Tastes and feels like in Italy(says someone who visited Italy several times)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food - just a bit too expensive for me.
Spent quite a bit for just lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

would stick to just ordering off of the starter menu, best Muscles I have ever had. I think they didn't do there pizza justice as there wasn't enough Char maybe from undercooking or simply not having there oven hot enough.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Hadn't been in for a little while but they never disappoint! Our server was outstanding and Dom provided some character and made our date one that will be hard to top. Food was outstanding as always and of course how do you go wrong with Italian wine! Can't wait to go back very soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service and ambiance were outstanding, loved the decor. Bring an appetite, especially if you start with the Polpette.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was great. The best pizza I ever had in Calgary. The server was very nice too but the food took way too long. We were waiting for over an hour for two pizzas. Go with an appetite as well as time to wait.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always great food when we come. Authentic Italian which we enjoy. Always great service

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been here multiple times, but this time we had the best pizzas ever. Sometimes the crust has been soggy, but this time neither pizza ended up soggy, even after taking home a few slices and eating it the next day. It was really delicious! Also our server was great! We booked with open table online for 2 people but ended up bringing our toddler and the staff were extremely accommodating and gave us a table for 4. Of all the niche pizza places in Calgary, this is our favourite.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Pulcinella is always a great choice for an evening out. We usually chose th3 same pizza and this night was no exception. They were excellent and not too spicy. The wine list is good and reasonably priced. Our service excellent. The noise level was not as loud as weekend nights so for us, weekdays are a good time to come. We will be back again soon.
Thank you Pulcinella for another great evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Way too noisy. You can't have a conversation because it's so noisy. Will never go back there again

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was awesome! Had a lengthy wine list and ended up deciding on sangrias which was a great choice. Pizza and pasta were cooked excellently! The appetizer was perfect. Portion sizes were great. Only negative to the experience was the service was less then expected. Owner was very happy to help but some staff were not as friendly/happy

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food and wine selections were delicious & service was friendly and efficient. The noise level was so high that it was hard to hear each other at our table at times, so I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner or a first-date where you're trying to get to know someone - at least on a Saturday night.
The food prices weren't bad and the wine-by-the-glass prices looked pretty good, until I realized they were for a 5 oz. glass, which made them on the higher end for casual dining in my opinion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, People Watching
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food is amazing (as is the wine). Service was great as well. We sat up stairs and the room was quite cold and the booth was a little awkward. All around a great experience.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 14, 2017

After making a reservation and finally finding parking we go in for the reservation and there is a wait...guy at front kind of laughs when we said we were there for it... defeats purpose of reservation. If we did not have somewhere to be and had extra time we could have waited I guess.

Based on other reviews wishing we could have tried this place but ultimately there are many options in Calgary and not overly concerned as many great places that accept reservations when you make them and do not overbook.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love Pulcinella, go there fairly often. Love the pizzas, the ones with tomato sauce,
love the pastas, salads and appetizers. I frequently make my dinner from the delish, spicy calamari and the arugula salad 'cause it has melon in it, too. Salad and good protein, it's
my kind of meal! Can't offhand think of fave pizzas, but pretty much any of them do the
trick, love the Neopolitan crust, too. Nice people, always cheerful and helpful. And very fun, you can tell by looking at the other diners that they're as happy to be there as we are, and that's always a good recommendation -- a restaurant filled with happy diners. It can be a little noisy with lots of happy people laughing and having fun, but we like happy noisy!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was noisy hard to have a conversation. The pizza"s were all soggy in the middle, service was flow - this restaurant was average at best.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Amazing service and food. I'll definitely be coming back. Ingredients were fresh and the gelato was authentic -rich and creamy. Our server was wonderful and friendly. Thanks for a good night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Friendly service until I sent back my pizza. The wild mushrooms seem to be from a can and not tasty. Said they would redo and I got the same thing boxed. $24 bucks for a medium take out pizza. Way better pizza and better value elsewhere in the city. Famoso and cibo for example. The other diners with me enjoyed their pasta and pizza.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing service. Can't wait to go back!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2017

While the pizzas and calamari were very good when adding the cost of beer and wine, which are both expensive we could have gone to a more upscale place and not spent any more.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wine bottles are over priced.
That's it .
Other than that I'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistently good quality and service
My go to pizza and pasta spot in Kensington

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The margarita pizza was a little underwhelming but everything else great. A little noisy for ongoing conversation.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Would I recommend Pulcinella to a friend? Depends on who's asking. We're a family with three kids who visited pulcinella on the advice of a blog which noted the restaurant as one of the "family friendly" places in town. Our experience was a mixed bag. Our own server was fantastic, friendly, and understanding of what it's like to visit a restaurant with 3 little kids, as were the chefs who worked around the oven making pizzas. But the host/hostess were nearly robotic in their interaction with us. We were also given the "who do these people think they are, bringing kids to a restaurant" face by the table next to us. So, if you're looking for an adult place to have drinks/pizza with friends before a night on the town, or a relatively romantic night out, this place is great. If you're a family looking for a friendly place to eat, Pulcinella is hit or miss.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Friends from the US were in town for the evening, staying in Kensington. We wanted something casual within walking distance. Pulcinella's was just the ticket. Friendly staff, welcoming ambience and an excellent, casual cuisine. Will definitely go back soon.

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Would not return.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great spot with great service and fantastic pizza!

Tags: Romantic, Tapas
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was very good. Meatballs are enormous. Pizza has a great crust. It is busy, noisy and service can be slow.

Tags: Casual
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Everything was "good", but nothing was outstanding... that said the prices were fair, the service was prompt, attentive and efficient.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

This is my favorite place in Calgary. They are so proper without being pretentious. Food is always amazing! Ask Deven to help pick your wine if you're not familiar with Italian wines.

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent Pizza and Pasta! Excellent service. I will definitely go again! Good selection of wines and beverages. Nice and elegant ambiance.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Pulcinella! The meatball appetizer was delicious and our entrees were amazing. Great service on a very busy Sunday evening.

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