Permanently Closed - Pulcinella Ristorante

4.4
112 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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.

Support Permanently Closed - Pulcinella Ristorante during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 112 people are sayingWrite a review
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4.3
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4.1
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnushaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It's CLOSED! Please remove it from your list. We drove all the way, only to find it to be out of operations.

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vipkmc2014
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant is closed. Not sure why it is still showing up in your system as an option. We made the reservation the day before and confirmed it via Open Table. When we pulled up for our dinner we found a shell of a restaurant that has been shuttered. The signs were on the ground in the parking lot and the inside was gutted. They have taped up a sign on the front door stating quite clearly that they are closed and will reopen in another location under a new name. We had to scramble to find another reservation at the last minute. Very inconvenient and disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very good food. Service was slow. Not very busy for a Saturday night.

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vipWorldFoodWineExpert
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service

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vipChristinaH
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wish you had a caprese salad; otherwise, no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Mothers Day

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vipKnarf
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and service!

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Mike
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic, home cooked Italian food. Prices for area are cheap for the quality gotten. Service was personable. The ambience and decor is dated, but certainly gives that old world feel.

Will definitely be back as this is a fantastic value.

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. It was my mother's 87th birthday and everything was wonderful. Food was delicious and the service was great.

JT
JohnT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had heard good things about this restaurant and our expectations were high when we visited for dinner. Unfortunately, we were somewhat disappointed as the food was only so-so. The tomato sauce was particularly bland and seemed straight from a can, while the pasta did not seem homemade at all. The gnocchi, however, were very good, and the olio e alio sauce we special ordered for them was nicely spiced. Decent Chianti house wine too, and the service was quite good
All in all it was an ok experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just discovered this neighborhood haunt. My wife and I have been twice in two weeks & love it. Great value. Warm service. Limited wines, but well worth it!!!

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vipSmitty
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food is always of quality. I’ve been going here for over 20 years

BJ
vipBillJ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was good, the price was good, the service was good.

RS
RoseS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The proprietors are so friendly. They serve up some interesting specials.

ML
MarianneL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal and great place for celebrations.

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mounty
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant. Been going here for years and look forward to many more. Food is great as are the people.

JA
JeffA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great white pizza and
Pasta dish

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell lunch for a colleague.

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vipdanak
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our Waiter only put in two of three orders. There were three of us and he just dropped off two meals and disappeared. We found him more than 10-minutes later and asked about the third meal. He had to go order it. I split my dinner with my friend and 45 minutes later, when we were finished with our half meal, he brought the forgotten meal. We asked him to box it up as we were done.
Not once dis our waiter return to ask about drinks, ask how the meal was, and the guys bussing the table started reaching across and clearing plates while one friend was still eating!
The food was delicious and we did leave 20% tip because we are respectful. We hope the owners and managers help the wait staff and teach them the basics.

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NotAFoodie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 11 and had to eat quickly to make a show at wolftrap barns. Service was very quick and the food was excellent. Had a great dinner and made it to the concert with time to spare.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good, great family place, seems to be a local favorite. Food is fresh; portions are very generous!

WM
WorkingMom
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, with great atmosphere and delicious food!

JG
JanGourmet
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pulcinella is my favorite family restaurant in Northern Virginia. The service is friendly and the food is fine. I have enjoyed pasta, meat and seafood entrees and the pizza is very good, too -- a favorite with the children of my friends and my own grandkids. Always a happy dining experience.

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vipAlden
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had dinner with my wife. We have been there many times and always had excellent food and service. However, this time my meal was not only disappointing but was not good at all. I had the veal Parmesan. In the past. This was one of my favorites. This time it appeared to be a very thin frozen patty that was over cooked. In fact, I actually felt ill later. My wife’s meal was very good, clams linguine. It was Avery disappointing experience

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Bella
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I was not too happy about the fish I ordered. Ir was dry and the sides were not that great.
The waiter was nice and friendly.

KP
KerrieP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Sadly we were disappointed all around. Pasta didn’t have a bite but the lamb special was the best thing we ate.

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MyMcD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipDEM1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good attention to a large group we had

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CavaRocks
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
vipKimberlyD
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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!

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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.

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vipReynolds
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, always fantastic service.

J
Jann
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
East Texas
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

JR
JosephineR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Paul
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipTucsonbabe
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGraceB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFOODIE
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice fathers day brunch.

FAQs

Permanently Closed - Pulcinella Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 893-7777.

Permanently Closed - Pulcinella Ristorante is rated 4.4 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.