Pulcinella

4.4
1062 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(403) 283-1166
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Domenic Tudda
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Lisa Marra: (403) 283-1166
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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.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Kensington Road NW
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Parking Details
There is a large amount of street parking available, as well as a very affordable parkade at the end of the block.
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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.
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
What 1062 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

The ambiance was nice and it was easy to get into. That being said, the "famous" oven baked pizza was quite soggy which made it just OK. The Kale Salad was fantastic!

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best Italian in Calgary!

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A
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Last time I went there over a year ago was good. This time the taste, quality of food was below average. And for that price, the value was definitely not worth.

Dined on the second floor and temperature was quite cold.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Always delicious food, polite and attentive staff. Only time it’s ever been on the loud side is on a Saturday night with two bigger parties gathered, which is to be expected! Such a great spot in Kensington

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Excellent pizza and pasta made the way it should be. Wait staff attentive.

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RC
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Overall we had a good time but the appie was a bit heavy handed on salt. We felt like being rushed out because the server kept asking if we were done with out food even tho we were still working on it while we chatted. Pizzas, arancini and the arugula & fennel salad were outstanding as always.

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j
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We found our waiter tried to rush us to order and a bit arrogant.
The food was very good.

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E
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great food and service! Very enjoyable meal!

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O
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I haven’t dined at La Pulcinella for many years but a friend and I decided to grab a late supper. We started off with a nice glass of the feature red wine which was a chianti. It served its purpose well and we moved on to the opener being a tomato basil tortellini soup. The soup was quite nice but strangely (for an Italian place) there was no bread served with the soup. Fortunately upon request out waiter produced a basket of bread (albeit without butter) to accompany the soup.

My friend had spaghetti carbonara and appeared quite pleased with the quantity and quality. I chose The tortellini in a mascarpone sauce with mortadella, pistachios and fresh sage. The sauce was very dense and tasty, and the pasta was fresh and nicely done. All in all, the food was excellent.

The waiter was busy but personable. The room itself was quite loud but we didn’t have to raise our voices too much to hear each other.

If you like straightforward pasta and pizza (Siciliano style) I think you will be happy dining at La Pulcinella. However, there is a limited antipasti menu and no meat, fish or fowl selections available for dinner, if that is your wish, so be aware.

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E
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent food and great service staff! The style of the ambiance is not for me personally, but it was overall quite beautiful and they had a really neat motorbike on display. Again I must emphasise how incredible the food was. As well as the espresso!! Great choice of restaurant for an anniversary dinner.

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J
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great pizza and pasta as usual. The service is always great and we feel spoiled.

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WG
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The pizza was full of good flavour - only downside was the soggy middle crust- fix that and it would have been perfect.
Very nice wine list - had the Michele Satta Rosso - reasonable value.

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P
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great service, great food, great atmosphere! Love this place!

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BF
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Pulcinella has some of the best pizza I have had, whether it be in southern Italy, New York or Washington, DC, where we're from. It has a very inviting ambience and the waiters are great raconteurs. All in all, my wife and I loved eating there and did it twice, on our entry into Calgary and our exit.

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KW
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food was great. Unfortunately the food was very slow in coming out. We were there for lunch, mid week. Downstairs was pretty much empty and we were seated upstairs. Took an hour for the pizzas alone.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our server was fantastic and as usual the food was delicious! Very impressed and will continue to return.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was amazing and so were the drinks!

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BM
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were excited to go try the pizza, as we loved it in Rome, truly disappointed with this authentic pizza, as it was wet and sloppy in the middle (uncooked) and just plain chewy, nothing like the wonderful pizza in Roma!?! Our server was fantastic, and the sangria were great, patio was great, but the pizza was awful, bad, we will not be back, for pizza waste of time and money, go somewhere else.
Disappointed and if that is official pizza, they should be struck off the list.
Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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A
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Delicious authentic Italian cuisine. I haven't had pizza like that since Italy. Will definitely be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Beautiful patio! Food is excellent!

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s
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

THE BEST PIZZA AND TRIAMUSI THAT I AND MY FAMILY EVER HAD.... LOVED THE FOOD, THE WINE AND THE DESSERT WERE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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S
3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Have been to pulcinella many times. Great location. Pizza a bit burnt. Our biggest comment for the night is the cutting thing. I get that you are from Italy (as am I) and the non cutting of the pizza is a thing, but if someone asks to cut the pizza, can you just do it please? It is not a sword to die on and should be something the waiter can just accommodate. Instead my one friend spent about 5-10 min trying to carve through it all. Thank you for your consideration.

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MR
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Felt we were oversold on the number of pizzas we needed.

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KR
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We love Pulcinella, always a good place to meet up with people and relax. Casual, tasty, nice people, good service, sometimes food takes a little time to get to the table, but that can happen anywhere, it's not a big deal. Almost always a busy place, others love it, too. Busy is good.
And, pizza and pasta generous quantity, so there's usually something to take home to
make another meal out of -- nothing wrong with that!
I almost always get a salad and the calamari and call it dinner -- protein and greens, always a good dinner, I think! And the calamari is some of the best in the city, for sure.
Thank you, Pulcinella, we'll be back, we always are!

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NK
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We have been customers since it opened and it is always great. They have a great oven and know how to use it. The Romana pizza I had was delicious. The pasta was very fresh and lovely on the mouth. Kept our water glasses full. Great table by an open window on a sunny evening. Can't ask for more.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

It was our first time at Pulcinella and we really enjoyed it. The food is very flavorful and nicely presented. The 3 course lunch special is a great deal for only $17! We will definitely return to try more of the great food!

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EK
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had a wonderful time with our family. Our server was excellent with our kids and had paid attention to our reservation saying there were allergies in our party. My sister in law was extremely impressed with how they accommodated her. We were all very impressed! Thank you for a wonderful evening out!

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R
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

First time this past Friday, May 5th, and I would definitely return. Our group had the mussels, calamari, rigatoni, lasangna and 2 types of pizza. Everyone really enjoyed what they ate! Service was great and attentive but not overdone.
Definitely make a reservation as it was packed!
One down side, was very very hot - either was no a/c or didn't have it on yet. It was a beautiful night but it got pretty hot to the point of being uncomfortable. Not sure if it was where we were sitting but I'm guessing if you got a table by the window it would be much better.

Certainly recommended!

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KY
3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I had chosen this Pizzeria for our Special Date Night as we are Italian and love wood stone oven thin crust pizza like my husband’s Mother makes (but she lives in Torotno).
We have been to Double Zero, Without papers, Brooklyn Pizzeria, Crazy Weed Kitchen in Canmore and many many others all over the city just for their wood stone oven baked pizzas
This was the FIRST time we experienced our pizza NOT cut? We wer a tad confused as we were provided a dull steak knife and a whole pizza.
When I asked I made my husband embarrassed (proud Italian)
We were provided a dull steak knife that would not cut through the raw prosciutto. We were not sure why they wanted to make it difficult for customers and inconvenience them.
When I asked the waitress (who was very pleasant and kind) she explained that they do not slice their pizzas in Naples. We understand. But we also live in Canada – so to be inconvenienced like this – we were not feeling very welcomed….
Thank you for listening. Kathleen

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OT
4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

I have been here several times and love it. However i did not like the spaghetti carbonara

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j
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

great service

fantastic pizza selection

one of the best wood fired pizza ovens in the City.

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C
3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Pizza was soggy & no flavour but burrata and calamari are quite tasty.

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OT
4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The pizza here is amazing. As a place that specializes in Pizza, perhaps one shouldn’t have the highest expectation of the pasta. Overall however, we had zero complaints about the food. As a group of 6 we arrived while the restaurant was mostly empty. As people started getting our food before us we wondered if we had been forgotten. Apparently the kitchen got busy and it plainly took over an hour to get our food. I think the worst part here is that not only was there no apology from our waiter, he didn’t even look in our direction nor come to check on us beyond asking us if we wanted a second drink 45 minutes prior to us getting our food. We had to put forth quite an effort to get any attention from staff. We were incredibly disappointed in such poor service from one of our favourite restaurants.

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JM
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything was good, but the food prep took longer than we expected.

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OT
2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Bruschetta poor.

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AW
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was great but the waitress would do best to watch what she’s doing when pouring water. Our entire table was a pool. And she kept coming back to pour more over the table. She forgot things we asked for for the pizza.
The food however was very good.

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AH
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent food, staff was very accommodating when I changed my reservation time...twice. Will definitely be returning and recommending to friends!

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JB
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great atmosphere and great food. We especially enjoyed the Caprese salad!!

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T
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Reminded me of having pizza in Venice 2 years ago. Closest I've found to real Italian pizza.

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TM
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always enjoy dining here. Server, on this occasion, was exceptional.

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