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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
Casual (24)
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Authentic (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fun (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (5)
Business Meals (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We chose this restaurant specifically for the gluten free options. We haven't been to Kensington for quite a while and were quite surprised how busy the area was. In that vein, we had a problem finding parking, we drive a large truck and had to park quite a ways away. The service was good our server had suggestions for us and they were good. The food was good, a little pricey but it probably is what that area pulls. The restaurant was very full which made it very loud, not much you can do about that. But it must be popular if it was full, so that is a good sign. All in all we had a good time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

Terrible food, service and very loud! I would not recommend eating at this establishment.

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·Dined 4 days ago

SORRY, JUST DIDN'T THINK THE PASTA OR PIZZA DISHES WE HAD WERE VERY GOOD.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined 6 days ago

We have dined here before when we were in Calgary. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food so much we returned two years later.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Calgary)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service as always

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I still crave Pulcinella pizza after all these years. Still my favorite

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Awesome experience. Lively, happy, great food, great service and exciting to see the activity in the kitchen. Warm and hearty, big portions. Nutella pizza is a must to end the meal! The staff all smiled and added to a very happy experience. Many happy returns, for sure.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We booked Pulcinella for New Years Eve dinner. We had a very nice booth on the second floor and the service was excellent. We had a couple of bottles of prosecco and bruschetta to start and then pizza, gnocchi and tortellini for our main courses. We finished off the meal with the tiramisu. Dinner was good although not excellent. The tiramisu was amazing! The atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal! They had a quick lunch menu we weren't aware of before visiting. It was a great deal and so delicious.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very very enjoyable, great food and experience!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My experience here was so bland that I would not recommend it to anyone and will not return myself. The soggy pizza that we had to cut ourselves and the tasteless carbonara were such a huge disappointment.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our group enjoyed the evening but unfortunately the food service was a bit off this night. All meals except one were delivered and we had to flag down a waiter to inform them. The mix up was eventually corrected. We enjoyed the healthy portions and extensive wine list.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Truly enjoyed the evening with good friends ; good food and good wine.
All agreed it’s a place we would return to!!
Thanks.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our table was waiting when we arrived and we had drinks in no time! The server was great and the food very tasty. Loved the meatball appy and calamari was the best! Too bad we had that table right by the kitchen on the way to the restroom or would have been a 5 YES to going back soon :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very nice and real italian place. Salats are little expensive but pizzas, wow, I really recomend it

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The pizza at Pulcinella is wonderful; crispy crust, fresh ingredients and generous toppings. I have been several times with friends and business associates. This was my husband’s first visit. He loved it. Next time we are in the area he wants to come back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We booked reservation at Pulcinellas for a last date night before our baby is to arrive, but didn't enjoy our experience. Despite having a reservation, we had to wait over 20mins, even though there were some empty tables by the front window. When we were finally seated, the noise level was so high, we were unable to converse comfortably. The food and service was good, but we will not be returning to Pulcinellas, or recommending it to our friends.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always excellent, one of our favorite spots in Calgary and their new lunch menu was a great addition.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very cool spot. Our server was knowledgeable about everything on the menu including wine. Great sized portions, lots of flavour too! My girlfriend and I always order different appetizers, salads and mains to share. This was definitely not a problem as they are very accommodating with side plates and serving tongs. Can’t believe that we had room left for the Nutella pizza for dessert, but we managed to fit it in;)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food and service were very good. If you're in the over 40 crowd, bring a flashlight and reading glasses as the restaurant is not well lit and the print on the menu is quite small.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our server admitted to forgetting to put my pizza order in when she ordered the rest of our meal. My husbands arrived and when we asked about the other she said sorry and put mine in. I told him to eat as it would be cold by the time mine arrived - about 15-20 min later. There was no compensation for the error, which was disappointing. It is extremely loud in that restaurant, could not hear my husband sitting across from me. We rarely go out. I would do take out from Pulcinella again, I would not eat at the restaurant.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The server promoted the feature wine. Granted I should have asked the price. Two bottles later at $82 a bottle I find the restaurant should have been more upfront. In other words, while the dinner tasted great we left with a bad taste in our mouths.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

An absolute gem! Wonderful service, menu, and food. The pasta was amazing! Make a reservation as it was very busy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was awesome and the service was very good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent service and amazing pizza and pasta To go with an extensive Italian wine list. Beautiful

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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