Pulcinella

4.3
1599 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1599 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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AnthonyW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We've been coming for years. It's always great. Thank you!

JA
JoAnneB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a great restaurant. I enjoy their salads, pizza, and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The bruschetta was the best I’ve ever had - mostly because of the high quality olive oil which was absolutely incredible. The classic margherita pizza was also great! We got a reasonably priced red wine that was quite tasty - would definitely recommend!

CP
ChristieP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic as usual! One of our favourite places in the city.

SB
SnackBuddy
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is amazing, the service is delightful. This was my second visit and it lived up to my memory from 2019.

KL
KimL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Honestly the food was overpriced in my opinion. It didn’t feel like an Italian restaurant decor wise. I probably wouldn’t go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary lunch outside on a beautiful fall
Day , was perfect! Staff and food are both terrific one of our favourite places for sure !

DH
vipDHMsopinion
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Expertly prepared premium ingredients always make these pizzas shine. Combine this with exceptional and friendly service and you get Pulcinella. By far, the best authentic pizza in Calgary. The recent addition of a small take-away Italian market further enhances this gem.

RM
RoseMaryP
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We enjoyed our evening out.

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tuncaros
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

The food was overly salted and cold. Drinks stood empty for most of the time. I understand we had a later dinner, we there is no reason to have been given subpar service. And this is coming from someone who worked in the restaurant service industry for over ten years.

HP
HectorP
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I don’t recommend this place. The food and service were poor. Nothing special. The place is noise. Overall speaking, not even average.

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Skyred
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mature and seasoned waiter made the experience friendly and efficient. Can’t remember his name but he made the experience exactly what it needed to be - strictly eat good pizza and get out. My negroni was on point and the crudo pizza was some of the best pizza I’ve had in my life.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Patio was extremely uneven. Service was good but when we ordered a bottle of wine we were brought something different as the server assumed that would be OK. When we said no, she came back with the correct bottle. No big deal, just a little odd.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, incredible food and impeccable service. We picked Pulcinella for our lovely guest who has never had authentic Italian pizza - she was very impressed and loved the food and overall experience. Thank you!

JW
JennW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Incredible food as always! However, it was very obvious that the restaurant was far too busy for the amount of staff on. It was very clear that the staff were stressed out beyond belief. Perhaps seating fewer people would elevate the service. We wanted to order more drinks and probably dessert but our server (to no fault of her own) was unable to come to our table beyond the bare minimum. Pulcinella is one of Calgary's gems and I know it has more potential than what I experienced on Saturday night.

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Brayden
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

As always the food is amazing, but this time the service was very underwhelming. Took forever to get anything, coffees took 20+ mins, food took forever to order, paying the bill took 15 mins. Found this very surprising as we were one of only two tables inside the restaurant that afternoon and it looked like the other table was having the same experience. Disappointing and hoping this was just a one off situation.

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Mary
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

Our server would not listen to our requests and was outright yelling over us every time we spoke. Also I had requested a cake cut fee but nothing was communicated from host-server even though I came earlier with the cake and explained that I wanted that done. Our server didn’t even know we had a cake. Couldn’t find the server come cake time so I had to walk around to find him. Server did not allow us to combine the bills we needed combined and was so rude about it as well. he kept interrupting us and refused to listen to how we wanted our billing set up, he just assumed. I was shocked. I felt extremely frustrated and unheard. He was not nice at all.

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radhikad
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great value for the food. Friendly staff and good location

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Service extremely slow and food was not good. Waitress was nice though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Caesar salad was too salty and mushrooms cream was not a cream

AM
AlvinaM
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite place for the last 7 years! Always coming back there and will always recommend!

HS
HeatherS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious lunch. Attentive service. Lovely afternoon in the patio.

LJ
LJoanne
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I have always enjoyed eating at Pulcinella. We were happy to be back after the covid hiatus. We were not disappointed.

We were greeted warmly at the door and seated at our favourite table. Our Verdure Grigliate and Capricciosa Pizzas tasted as delicious as we remembered. The service was excellent and friendly throughout.

Thank you again Pulcinella staff for a great evening out. Can’t wait to go back.

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clintons
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Our server was great, very friendly. The food was subpar, the Stagioni pizza was
very strange (separated into quadrants) Only one of the quadrants had cheese and the rest were tomato sauce with bland toppings. You need a better class of dough
to make something like this work. I'd enjoyed the pizza here in the past but this was a fail.

BE
vipBruceE
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love these guys. Enjoyed the additional benefit of the outdoor patio on an outstanding evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Ordered bread to have with the wine before dinner but it came after the food arrived. This is second time there and again what is in wine list is it available- update the list! It’s just a piece of paper.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Was very disappointed with service and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

All great, one song very loud/annoying but server was right -it was just one song.

Server and food were excellent.

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vipCsidegirl
Vancouver
85 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and exceptional service, as usual.

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viptheleer
Calgary
46 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service, substantial wine selection, delicious pizza, great balcony patio,highly recommend!

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vipWeekasin
London
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent and the food was very well prepared. The food portions were excellent and the quality of the food was outstanding. A very good wine list for a small place.

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viprcvh
Calgary
40 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my second visit this summer. The food and service have been very good. Love being able to sit outside. Everyone is very friendly. Would highly recommend.

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LauraZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!! The best ZA we’ve had in Calgary! Thumbs up from some serious pizza lovers visiting from Ontario:)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an amazing Calgary landmark to enjoy good food in a good atmosphere.

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Customer
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved my pizza and wine pairing. Not sure I’m sold on the idea of bruschetta being served on pizza dough. When you order that for your appie and then a pizza, that seems repetitive. Not sure if it was just the location of our table, but it was so noisy we couldn’t hear each other well at our table for four. The fact that one of the speakers was right above our table and the volume turned up a tad too loud didn’t help either. Must be something about the acoustics at this place. The place was fairly busy, and the service seemed rushed and overly intrusive. For dinner service on a Monday at 6:30, they were out of way too many of their popular dishes (at least five!) already, which was disappointing. An Italian restaurant that’s out of tiramisu by 7 pm, really?

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food!

LP
LalaPo
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We waited over 40 min for our food. The fettuccine pesto pasta was alright, not hot enough but the worst was the Quattro Pizza. The ingredients are all separated into 4 quadrants. 1/4 will be just artichoke and another will be just chunk of cheese.

Made no sense and it tasted horrible.

NA
NetcandiAndy
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Came for a last minute lunch here with my wife. The main floor was busy, and the top floor had great space for dining, with a balcony patio. We chose indoors thinking we might get faster service if we were in line of sight as we had a tight window but were excited to try the food.

We ordered off the lunch menu and had the mista salad, calamari, carbonara, and kale caesar.

Wasn't too happy with the wait... had to go to server to ask if our food was going to take longer as we received none of it after about 30min. She seemed a bit flustered and said the kitchen was backed up due to lunch. I guess it was okay we were collateral damage during this. Not great for a first impression and first visit. I was honestly debating asking to cancel our order on the spot and leave but ended saying mentally we would give them a bit longer.

We were soon brought the mista salad and calamari which we devoured quickly. It was very good. Calamari was better than most places here with crunch, flavour, and chew. Hard to achieve, but Pulcinella delivered on this.

The Carbonara and Kale Caesar ended up getting boxed up before it ever hit our table as we had to go. But when we had the carbonara after, it was pretty disappointing. It was rock hard, as in pick up the whole portion with one fork brick. The Kale Caesar was super unique. It had the green kale taste that most people avoid, but strangely we kept eating it. It tasted 100% healthy, which threw us, but we ate and it was memorable.

I was disappointed with the experience, and while I would go back, I don't know if it would be soon :(

I would want to try other things on their menu if I ever came back.

DJ
DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. Server did her very best, but a bit understaffed.

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Foodie
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great night with friends eating pizza & pasta and drinking wine!

FAQs

Pulcinella does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Pulcinella also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 283-1166.

Pulcinella is rated 4.3 stars by 1599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.