Pulcinella Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Sunday brunch! Staff was excellent. Can’t wait to go back for lunch and dinner.

DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good attention to a large group we had

SF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been going to Pulcinella for various lunches, dinners and even parties in the room downstairs, for many years. The food is always excellent, the staff very friendly and helpful, and everyone leaves happy. Location is great too - family and friends from all over the DC-VA-MD area so central to most of us. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone!

KD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The server was abrupt and not very customer focused. The air conditioning was blowing directly on us, the food we fair not their best it was very loud.
Most off putting was the wait service was poor. No excuse for that!

BL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food lacked flavor. Among the items we ordered, we found that the Alfredo, tomato soup and garlic bread we pretty tasteless. The regular bread was fantastic and the appetizer of calamari & fried zucchini was okay. I will say that the service was very good.

R
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great stop in McLean...don't fill up on bread!!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, always fantastic service.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding! In my opinion, it is the best Italian food in the area! The atmosphere is casual and the servers are comparable to what you would find in a five-star restaurant, very professional and accommodating. I look forward to eating at this restaurant again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and portion size was just right. Our server was very polite and was prompt.

JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it and would recommend for dining, take-out, or for celebrations with large groups. They can accommodate everything!

P
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Myself and three associates had lunch consisting of: veal parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, stuffed cannelloni and pasta and sausage. All four lunches were really good, with the parmigiana dishes being especially tasty. Very good meal, I’d recommend Pulcinella for lunch.

T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pulchinella's never fails to please. Great family restaurant.

GB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter! The nicest we have ever had! Thank you Saleh

FO
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice fathers day brunch.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Inattentive and disinterested service from start to finish. Not sure why this place gets such reviews - you can get better Italian food in a food court in a mall. There was no flavor in any dish; every one in our party pretty much didn’t eat half their food. If only their waiters actually came and asked even once we would have told them - once served they pretty disappeared until I had to flag them out to get me our checks because we were done treated like second class people. Never going to this place again. When a restaurant is barely even full on a Friday night you know it’s bad sign.

R
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian! Loved Pizza, Spaghetti and green and white noodle dish over cream sauce! Awesome

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great family Italian dining. Good food and good prices.

GE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Go to place, friendly and good service and food

F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
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

RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

R
Richmond
7 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!

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

Good food good environment

BM
Washington DC
52 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.

K
Washington DC
13 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.

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!

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

Always excellent. We go there often. Authentic Italian atmosphere

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

Great place to meet friends for lunch and fine food.

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.

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!

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.

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
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual.

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!

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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