Pulcinella

4.3
1090 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 1090 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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3.9
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JR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner for 6, a family get together. Service was wonderful. Pizza was very good as well.

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NL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been going to Pulcinella since they opened. I turned down an opportunity to dine at Sky 360 to visit my favourite restaurant. The Cappriciosa pizza is outstanding.

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G
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Upstairs is considerably quieter which is fortunately where we were seated. Downstairs was loud and busy- which is always a good sign!!
Great table service and fabulous food!
Can’t wsit to go back!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent food! Great ambience! It was VERY hot in the restaurant but not unexpected - we were right beside the forno. Our waiter seemed less than thrilled to be there but the service was adequate. Thanks for a delicious dinner!

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E
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Pulcinella! If you’re a calamari fan make sure you order it. DELICIOUS!! We all ordered pizzas and they were great. Fantastic service as well. Will be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pizza and wine were amazing!!!!

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h
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Great food, great menu but very very loud. Washrooms very grungy

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CT
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The portabella mushroom was to die for! The mussels in the tomato sauce was very good as well. Great place !

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TF
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Gnocchi al Pomodoro was very good, while the crust on the Capricciosa pizza was not cooked enough (too doughy tasting). Our waitress and other servers were excellent (although the restaurant was not very busy at the time).

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P
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great pizza place! Very authentic and tastes just like pizza in Italy!

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t
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good, but $24 for a medium-sized pizza really breaks the bank.

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N
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice wood-fired pizza oven. We shared a pizza & pasta. Both were delicious.
HUGE by-the-glass wine selections !!

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal. Very nice staff. Sam at the from of the house was awesome

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F
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought my friend here for a belated birthday lunch; delicious! She is Italian & agreed that the pasta was fresh, delicious, handmade & almost as good as her grandmas:) I’ve been here before & did not disappoint- the cappuccino was delicious, the food superb & the service even better!

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CC
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

We had an enjoyable lunch here. The 3-course lunch special is a great deal and lots of food. The service was fine. The weird thing is the acoustics in this place. When we arrived there were only 4 seated tables but the noise level was HIGH, and it just got worse. It was hard to carry on a conversation because of the noise.

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C
Vancouver
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Once again, an enjoyable family occasion. Tried some new dishes this time- ventured from our favorites and were not disappointed.

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KC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pizza similar to Cortona, Italy. Wine list impressive. Great service and value overall

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Date night with the husband. Good spot for a Friday night dinner.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

The host was beyond the pale rude. I had made a reservation for my family and I, it was my birthday and my parents were visiting from Ontario. When we arrived he (the host) was not nice or welcoming. He acted as though we were an imposition, not seating us or directing us what to do. I have two little kids. We sort of shuffled to the side and waited, not knowing why. He did seat a party that was a walk-in, before us, which was amusing.

Our server was lovely, kind, and jovial. I am so grateful that we were in his section. There was another server who was so attentive and made sure we had water. Without them, this would have been a zero rating.

When it was time to leave, we all had left overs. The host, took our food, without saying what he was doing with it. I asked if we could please pack it up, he did not answer me. Our server returned with the boxes.

He next day, while I was at work, my mother texted me that she cracked her tooth on an olive on her leftover pizza. My mother doesn’t eat olives. She didn’t order a pizza with olives. Somehow, during the packing up process a olive with a pit, found its way onto her pizza. This ruined the rest of her trip as she was getting on a plane the next day, my dentist would not pull it. She had to eat soft liquid foods and was in pain. 3500 dollars later, she will have her tooth pulled and a replacement.

So...the service was great. The food was meh, and expensive. The kitchen’s attention to detail is deplorable. The host, the first person you see when you enter the place, is the actual worst.

Go to Without Papers. Cheaper. Better pizza. Less pretentious. No olives on a pizza that doesn’t have olives. Better yet, order pizza from your favourite pizza place and have it delivered to your home.

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BE
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I am a regular here as I live in the neighborhood. Peter often looks after us. He is an exceptional server. This is a super spots to enjoy with friends over a wonderful selection of starters and entre's. Love this place.

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MC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I met a friend for lunch. We had a seat on the patio and it was great. The food was good and service was great. It was not extremely busy that day but we had a lovely lunch and the ambience was really good.

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M
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic server

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LH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Was not impressed they ran out of basil. All of their pizza's have basil on them.

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BG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We love Pulcinella and it’s our usual choice when we visit Calgary. I was really looking forward to celebrating my birthday there but was left slightly disappointed. The calamari, salad, pizza & wine were delicious, but the dessert fell short in quality. The tiramisu taisted old, dry, and not to mention wasn’t free for my birthday?? But yet the waitress stuck a candle in it and said she doesn’t sing. My daughter’s cheesecake tasted stale. It’s too bad.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good food, but a little loud

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B
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Love it! Food is great! Just find it to be noisy in the restaurant.

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JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Best Italian in Calgary!

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A
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

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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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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RC
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

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

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E
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! Very enjoyable meal!

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O
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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WG
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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