Pulcinella Ristorante

4.4
68 reviews
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Italian

Pulcinella restaurant serves authentic interpretations of Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizza in a historic building. This landmark Italian restaurant specializes in Neapolitan pizza, expertly prepared using ingredients sourced from Italy and baked in a wood-fired oven. Pulcinella also offers fresh salads, pasta dishes and a fine collection of wine to complement meals.

A neighborhood favorite, Pulcinella is an ideal choice for a nice intimate Italian meal. Guests get to dine in charming settings, featuring mural walls, crystal chandeliers and linen table cloths. Dishes are cooked to order, using fresh ingredients for the best flavor. This restaurant also offers private dining facilities that can be tailored towards private parties and special events. Pulcinella serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open Mondays through Sundays.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No oj for mimosa,dirty dishes,no efficient replacement of food on buffet...bread delivered at the end of the meal. Food ice cold.......terrible experience

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RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This has been my favorite place for quality Italian food for 25 years. I don't live in the area anymore, but any time I come home to visit, a stop at Pulcinella's is always a must. Can't recommend it enough!

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B
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Italian food outside of Little Italy in NYC. Went there 2x last week! The trout was outstanding a the eggplant Parmesan was perfect. If you go, make sure to
Try the fries Zucchini. Outstanding.

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LT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice, small restaurant with excellent pizza and pasta. Family friendly too!

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R
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a good, casual stop for good food and drink in McLean

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. We were late going to dinner which may explain the slowish service.

Pasta was carefully done- not too al dente nor overcooked, which is not always possible. I had veal ravioli with butter and sage, rich dish . Would recommend

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B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family friendly neighborhood institution. The service is always courteous and efficient, and the food is terrific traditional Italian fare. It’s our go-to place for big family dinners with all the grandkids, and it never disappoints.

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KF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Our waiter was very attentive and provided good service.

The food was a different story. It was a very disappointing meal. The Margherita pizza was more like a plain old cheese pizza with a basil leaf on top, the fried artichokes had too much breading which was served after the pizza was delivered, and the beef stroganoff left nothing to be desired. The one good thing was the bread.

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R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The house made food was amazing! Server was great. We were greeted and when leaving asked how was everything. They genuinely care about you!

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MJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good environment

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BM
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Sunday breakfast/brunch! Broad menu freshly cooked. Fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee n toast
While u wait for your food. Competitively priced.

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K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Be sure to try the specials. We had two excellent pasta dishes and a delicious beet salad.

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RC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters birthday was in February. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! Thank you!

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PE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent. We go there often. Authentic Italian atmosphere

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TM
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends for lunch and fine food.

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JP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was good but it was Valentine's Day and the place was packed. Our service was very poor (my wife's beet salad was served but my soup didn't arrive until she was done, the entre took forever.) After a long wait, a new waiter came over and said he would get our meal fixed and to us. He provided a complimentary salad and the meal arrived soon after and that helped. We will try the restaurant again on a less crowded day.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner before a show at Langley High School. Fabulous as always!

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H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very nice restaurant. The food is very good. There are many selections on the menu so there is something for everyone. The ambiance is a casual, neighborhood feel. We got in there at 5:30pm on a Sunday and it was dead but then around 6pm people starting coming in and the place was packed by 6:15.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Pulcinella. Never disappoints.

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JT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Warm, welcoming atmosphere. Felt we could stay, enjoy our meal and conversation for as long as we liked. Food never disappoints...delicious!

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Pulcinella's the other night--I can always count on outstanding food and service, thanks!

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P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a business lunch with my engineering team. The pasta is homemade and the marinara sauce is fresh and very good. We had ravioli (meat filled and ricotta filled), salmon, sole, bucatini and chicken all the dishes were good and the guys enjoyed the lunch. Would recommend for lunch, good food at a fair price.

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TH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for lunch. We all really enjoyed the meals we ordered.

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We often go to Pulcinella. The food is great and it's right around the corner.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable setting, wonderful service, and the best, most authentic Italian food in the DC area.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a very pleasant restaurant which always has good food.

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BV
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Options are limited on Christmas Eve, but Pulcinella is a good one. There can often be a line, so discovering that the restaurants is now on Open Table is a real plus: We were seated immediately. We've been coming here for over 30 years, so there are no surprises, just consistently good, warm bread and food just like your grandmother would make if she had been born in Italy. The house wine is a little rough (especially the red), but it complements the red-sauce food, and the kitchen takes frying to heart: The frito misto and fried calamari are just right. You can't go wrong with any of the pizzas, either. A great place to take the family!

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun neighborhood pasta place, fun for the family and for groups.

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GN
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Arrived early for our reservation and seated promptly. Waiter was very attentive but low key. Food is excellent with all pasta’s made in house. All had Veal and it was very good at this low price point. Appetizers of artichokes, zucchini and calamari all very good with the latter being the best. Desserts also good. Wife has the chocolate mouse cake and raved. My Canoli was very good. Will return on all my visits to DC.

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NN
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Family fun with great pizza and solid pastas. Very reasonable wine prices. Great place. Only a very loud and rude adjacent table (the father had no manners and was yelling across our table to talk to another family!) adversely affected an otherwise super dinner!

We will be back and make sure to get a booth versus table

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood find! Great local restaurant, friendly and great food!

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R
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, I will go back again. Food is good, service excellent and restaurant is comfortable.

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T
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Mushy pasta (overcooked), overly rich sauce, forgot the salad completely, seated us near the entrance to the kitchen even though the place was nearly empty. Really not worth the drive, or even the effort. Stay home and make your own pasta!

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PP
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We dine here regularly, this evening we had two children with us, ages 8 and 6. We waited 45 minutes for our food and the restaurant was not terribly busy.

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GE
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat. We like the atmosphere, food and service.

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s
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pulcinella is a go-to place for us.. Good food. price, service, etc. We will continue going. The only problem I have is the pasta is usually overcooked. I would have given them a 5 star rating except for this. It is an Italian restaurante--cook pasta like you care.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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J
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Perfect for families,

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M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Veal choices at this restaurant were just okay -- not particularly special. Wine was offered just as white or red and was not very good. Perhaps having pizza there is the best choiced.

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