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About Pulcinella

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

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Kensington Road NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(403) 283-1166

Website:
http://www.pulcinella.ca/

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.

Parking Details:
There is a large amount of street parking available, as well as a very affordable parkade at the end of the block.

Public Transport:
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.

Executive Chef:
Domenic Tudda

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.

Private Party Contact:
Lisa Marra: (403) 283-1166

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

Pulcinella Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.0

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
Casual (19)
Good for a Date (18)
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Group Bookings (17)
Lunch (14)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post-theatre (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Romance (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Gluten-Free Options (4)
Late-Night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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Hot Spot (3)
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

The food and wine selections were delicious & service was friendly and efficient. The noise level was so high that it was hard to hear each other at our table at times, so I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner or a first-date where you're trying to get to know someone - at least on a Saturday night.
The food prices weren't bad and the wine-by-the-glass prices looked pretty good, until I realized they were for a 5 oz. glass, which made them on the higher end for casual dining in my opinion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, People Watching
Food5
Ambience3
Service5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

Food is amazing (as is the wine). Service was great as well. We sat up stairs and the room was quite cold and the booth was a little awkward. All around a great experience.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined 4 days ago

After making a reservation and finally finding parking we go in for the reservation and there is a wait...guy at front kind of laughs when we said we were there for it... defeats purpose of reservation. If we did not have somewhere to be and had extra time we could have waited I guess.

Based on other reviews wishing we could have tried this place but ultimately there are many options in Calgary and not overly concerned as many great places that accept reservations when you make them and do not overbook.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love Pulcinella, go there fairly often. Love the pizzas, the ones with tomato sauce,
love the pastas, salads and appetizers. I frequently make my dinner from the delish, spicy calamari and the arugula salad 'cause it has melon in it, too. Salad and good protein, it's
my kind of meal! Can't offhand think of fave pizzas, but pretty much any of them do the
trick, love the Neopolitan crust, too. Nice people, always cheerful and helpful. And very fun, you can tell by looking at the other diners that they're as happy to be there as we are, and that's always a good recommendation -- a restaurant filled with happy diners. It can be a little noisy with lots of happy people laughing and having fun, but we like happy noisy!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was noisy hard to have a conversation. The pizza"s were all soggy in the middle, service was flow - this restaurant was average at best.

Tags: People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Amazing service and food. I'll definitely be coming back. Ingredients were fresh and the gelato was authentic -rich and creamy. Our server was wonderful and friendly. Thanks for a good night!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

Friendly service until I sent back my pizza. The wild mushrooms seem to be from a can and not tasty. Said they would redo and I got the same thing boxed. $24 bucks for a medium take out pizza. Way better pizza and better value elsewhere in the city. Famoso and cibo for example. The other diners with me enjoyed their pasta and pizza.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing service. Can't wait to go back!

Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value2

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2017

While the pizzas and calamari were very good when adding the cost of beer and wine, which are both expensive we could have gone to a more upscale place and not spent any more.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wine bottles are over priced.
That's it .
Other than that I'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Consistently good quality and service
My go to pizza and pasta spot in Kensington

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The margarita pizza was a little underwhelming but everything else great. A little noisy for ongoing conversation.

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on September 9, 2017

Would I recommend Pulcinella to a friend? Depends on who's asking. We're a family with three kids who visited pulcinella on the advice of a blog which noted the restaurant as one of the "family friendly" places in town. Our experience was a mixed bag. Our own server was fantastic, friendly, and understanding of what it's like to visit a restaurant with 3 little kids, as were the chefs who worked around the oven making pizzas. But the host/hostess were nearly robotic in their interaction with us. We were also given the "who do these people think they are, bringing kids to a restaurant" face by the table next to us. So, if you're looking for an adult place to have drinks/pizza with friends before a night on the town, or a relatively romantic night out, this place is great. If you're a family looking for a friendly place to eat, Pulcinella is hit or miss.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Poconos)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Friends from the US were in town for the evening, staying in Kensington. We wanted something casual within walking distance. Pulcinella's was just the ticket. Friendly staff, welcoming ambience and an excellent, casual cuisine. Will definitely go back soon.

Tags: Casual
Food1
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Would not return.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great spot with great service and fantastic pizza!

Tags: Romantic, Tapas
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was very good. Meatballs are enormous. Pizza has a great crust. It is busy, noisy and service can be slow.

Tags: Casual
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Everything was "good", but nothing was outstanding... that said the prices were fair, the service was prompt, attentive and efficient.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on August 23, 2017

This is my favorite place in Calgary. They are so proper without being pretentious. Food is always amazing! Ask Deven to help pick your wine if you're not familiar with Italian wines.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent Pizza and Pasta! Excellent service. I will definitely go again! Good selection of wines and beverages. Nice and elegant ambiance.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Pulcinella! The meatball appetizer was delicious and our entrees were amazing. Great service on a very busy Sunday evening.

Food2
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on August 20, 2017

Did not like the taste of calzone or the pizza- not to my liking; the fettuccini tasted aweful...again have tasted better...the calamari - did not like tomato sauce...unfortunately I have tasted much better dishes at other Italian restaurants. May just be my own (and my family's preference) but for the money I would rather go to PZA than here!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2017

excellent overall experience, very welcoming and friendly!!
Lyndsay was great serving us 4, great work by all!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

I am not a pizza lover but the pizza at this restaurant was great. Very helpful staff and attentive. Noise level was decent considering the openness. Nice friendly environment. I would visit this place again on my next business trip.

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I love the place but the last time it was so noisy you couldn't hear yourself speak. Unusually it was a below par experience.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I come here every few months. best traditional pizza in the city. Excellent service and I love the room and I love walking through Kensington to get there

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Awesome Pizza again this visit. I did not think that the pizza could get better but it has. The crust is always perfect and so is the gluten free crust my friend attests.
We visit often and the service is always excellent. We enjoy our time there.
The only downer for us is the noise level. However, we do ask for a table around the perimeter or in the bar which is best. The upstairs is closed but that would be a great option. We will be back often.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The food was disappointing...out of four meals, only the tortellini was really good. The thin crust pizza was mushy and the pesto pasta was bland.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was great. Server friendly. Noise level was high. Made it more difficult on a first date.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 10, 2017

A friend and I booked for an early supper before Phantom of the Opera. Perfect location. Awesome food. The calamari dish was sprinkled with red pepper flakes and when the server found out I can't have spicy food, she brought a new serving. Delicious! My friend had the spicy one and loved it. It does get noisy with all the happy people enjoying their food and drink. Go earlier to avoid the noise if that's your preference. I will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The service was outstanding. The food was amazing. The passion for the food shines through from the moment you walk in.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was delicious. I loved their dessert pizza.

Food4
Ambience1
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The park that ruined the ambiance was that there was a hostess working who was perhaps newer and she was trying very hard, pleasant, helpful etc. Some of the staff particularly our waitress was being quite rude to her.
It's disheartening to see people being bullied in any environment.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food is so good! Had the tortellini and margarita pizza. 👌🏼

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great lunch in a great setting! Our group of four enjoyed the food and the hospitality. Peter was an amazing server. Thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Service was excellent. Attentive and always there when we needed it but never intrusive. Food was delicious. One of the best pizzas I've had in the city! And the Calamari was outstanding!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 24, 2017

Great service. Pizza was fantastic. Watching pizza artists work with pizzas in wood fired oven great addition to ambience. Great wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on July 22, 2017

Good food, great service (Peter was super nice). Even though we had a group of 12, we didn't wait long for anything. Definitely will go back. Thank you for everything!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

As always, we were treated well and attentively. The food is well presented and delicious. There were a few new items that we were able to try. We still miss the Parmesan Tempura, but were happy with the salad special and other tasty options. The wine list is extensive and varied. Rob, our server, was very professional and intuitive.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The service was outstanding. All our needs were met and we had two babies with us.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List

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