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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.
Calgary, AB T2N 1X7
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
Kensington Road NW
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
There is a large amount of street parking available, as well as a very affordable parkade at the end of the block.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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