Pulcinella

4.4
1625 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1625 people are saying
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vipsusant
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our first dining experience here. Food and drinks were good. Caprese salad and handmade pastas were tasty, well-seasoned, and with generous portions. Service from the kitchen was also fairly quick.

Front-of-house service, however, was awful. Hostess was rude and visibly impatient with the few seconds it took to show our COVID vaccine QR code. Waiter was unreasonably loud and poorly mannered. He delivered our plates, which were very hot, with his bare hands and could have dropped them all on the table. When asked for a spoon for the pasta, he loudly exclaimed “there are only 6 left in the restaurant…I’ll have to track one down”. He interrupted several times with drive-by commentary about our meals looking delicious and how hungry he was. Altogether bizarre and abrupt service manners, which made the dining experience more similar to being at a school cafeteria than at a nice restaurant. We will return for the food…but will order take-away next time.

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Lolathefoodie
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Something has changed….I just can’t put my finger on it. First this summer we were told as a walk in that there were no tables so I made a reservation on Open Table and was told that my reservation wasn’t valid. We thought we’d try again last night but the food was meh. My son actually said that the arancini was off. Usually it is sooo good. His tortellini was very salty and my husbands pizza was just not as good as it used to be. We’ve been customers for almost 15 years but I think now we’re going to step aside and find another pizza place in Calgary. 🥲

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GideonB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and our server was really nice. They did have a shortage of wine which means that everyone was drinking hahah!

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Kellogg
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was good but good was ok but ordinary.

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JessB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venue for a meal with friends. The food was gorgeous and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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viprcvh
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. We were looked after by two different people and both were very friendly and efficient. Always enjoy returning to this restaurant. My friend and I felt very safe, proof of vaccination and ID are always requested.

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BonBon
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent - our server was supported by the owner. The young kid was likely new and he almost spilled food on me when removing my plate. He was awkward. But I also appreciate the staff shortage and he was certainly trying hard. The owner was helping support him which was good too.

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JoanneM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch specials, food was excellent, waiter was terrific!

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RlynJG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The pasta was barely cooked, flavours were really off… fettuccine Alfredo was green???? No one finished their meals and we did not take to go bags.

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RachelDYYC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, awesome service would recommend 😎🥂enjoy

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Saynotopits
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, our server was amazing! My only suggestion would be that instead of warning customers about the pits in the olives on the pizza- just use olives without pits!! That way no one has worry about cracking their teeth! Win win!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Very noisy

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DaveE
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food and all for a decent price

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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viprcvh
Calgary
43 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. Would highly recommend Pulcinella. Felt very safe as both vaccine and ID were checked.

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Leasa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was traditional and so perfect. Loved it! Service was great and fun.

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MeganM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a wonderful date night atmosphere, the pizza is unreal, our server was lovely and everything came out fast . I would definitely recommend going on a Friday night to get the full experience. I can't wait to go another time!

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CyrusM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pasta and really friendly servers, in a very nice part of town.
Would definitely recommend

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AliciaH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the service and food were great. Preferred the former presentation or the tiramisu before it was in the jar which I believe changed several years ago.

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LJoanne
Calgary
48 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pulcinella. We enjoy an early dinner when the venue is quieter. We were impressed that Covid was being taken seriously and this establishment is following all protocols. Thank you.

Our pizzas were awesome as usual. I found that the sauce on mine was the best ever. Our server was excellent and fun to chat with.

We will be back again and again!

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EdwardR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch special. The carbonara and kale caesar were great.

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MarionM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had an appetizer, pizzas, and desserts as well as wine. Our server was excellent and made good recommendations. The pizzas were a bit salty, but the quality was excellent. I would go hear again to maybe try other menu items. There is also a little Italian grocery at the front.

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vipCsidegirl
Vancouver
88 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Thursday evening spontaneous dinner with my husband and son. Great food and service. Lindsay is always professional and pleasant. Thanks!!

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Hanna
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was amazing and our server was sweet. We found the food to be simple but delicious, we liked the 3 course lunch, it was very filling! Only complaint was that we found a small strip of metal in the food, it was obviously an accident however so we simply put it aside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a fun experience at Pucinella. Very good service and excellent pasta.

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PamZ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Italian friend visiting from Milan was craving ‘authentic’ Italian pizza…she was not disappointed & was so happy to finally have a pizza like she was used to!

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AlanaK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service, friendly server but not too hovering. food was excellent and serving sizes were generous. thanks for a great dinner!

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Fred
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was excellent, the service was reasonable, the noise level was too high. A lot of noise came from the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Very friendly service. Always a good experience.

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LindsayG
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing and service was good. It was really loud though and with servers wearing masks it was a bit difficult to hear.

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AnthonyW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been coming for years. It's always great. Thank you!

JA
JoAnneB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant. I enjoy their salads, pizza, and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bruschetta was the best I’ve ever had - mostly because of the high quality olive oil which was absolutely incredible. The classic margherita pizza was also great! We got a reasonably priced red wine that was quite tasty - would definitely recommend!

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ChristieP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic as usual! One of our favourite places in the city.

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SnackBuddy
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing, the service is delightful. This was my second visit and it lived up to my memory from 2019.

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KimL
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Honestly the food was overpriced in my opinion. It didn’t feel like an Italian restaurant decor wise. I probably wouldn’t go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch outside on a beautiful fall
Day , was perfect! Staff and food are both terrific one of our favourite places for sure !

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vipDHMsopinion
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Expertly prepared premium ingredients always make these pizzas shine. Combine this with exceptional and friendly service and you get Pulcinella. By far, the best authentic pizza in Calgary. The recent addition of a small take-away Italian market further enhances this gem.

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RoseMaryP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We enjoyed our evening out.

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tuncaros
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was overly salted and cold. Drinks stood empty for most of the time. I understand we had a later dinner, we there is no reason to have been given subpar service. And this is coming from someone who worked in the restaurant service industry for over ten years.

FAQs

Pulcinella does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Pulcinella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 283-1166.

Pulcinella is rated 4.4 stars by 1625 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.