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Pulcinella's

4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-1172
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Ranked #127 of 637 restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 2, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We always enjoy having dinner here. It is our default family dinner night out, and always delivers. Their lasagna and other traditional pastas are great! Fantastic bread, too! Service is always friendly, as well. The only disappointing thing we've gotten from here was the alfredo sauce - it was a bit bland and watery, but hopefully that was just an... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The people are lovely, the decor is 'neighborhood", the ambiance is exactly what it should be, the food is excellent, the bread is outstanding and the dressing for the (ordinary lettuce) salad is excellent. if you want Italian food anywhere in a 20 mile radius (walking) or 40 mile radius (driving) this is the place. the wine list is small,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Nice Italian resto with an authentic approach to food. Our favorites are the fresh rolls and house dressing!!! Big servings so make sure you come hungry, otherwise, share a plate with someone!

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Durham, North Carolina
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109 reviews 109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a great little spot for lunch. We showed up around 12:30 and chose a booth near the front. They were busy but we got our food in a timely manner. My lunch-mate ordered the Pollo al Ferri salad, which came with marinated chicken, strips of provolone cheese, and choice of dressing. It looked good, and he was very... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We are proud "damn Yankees" that love real Italian and this place reminds us of the family run Italian restaurants we grew up with in Chicago and Boston. So happy to find this place! Excellent for families, kids, and singles! If you're looking for REAL homemade Italian, go here! You will not be disappointed.

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Durham, NC
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We tried Pulcinella's for the first time last night and we had a wonderful meal! The pizza was great, the bread was delicious, and the wine was perfect. The meal reminded us of our meal in Naples so this was a treat.

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Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I read the reviews of this restaurant on TA and decided to try it. My husband had the mussels and loved then. They had my favorite wine, Lambrusco. The service was excellent. My bowtie pasta and meat sauce was very good. Not heavy at all. Will go back

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Burlington NC
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Do not judge this restaurant by the exterior! Stopped in while staying overnight in Durham. Small place, but very friendly staff and warm atmosphere. Prices moderate. The house dressing is a must try. Had the pasta with garlic and olive oil. Sounds simple, but it was delicious. The rolls and dipping oil were also wonderful. Too full to try dessert,... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Great crust! They even have a vegan pizza which I tasted and it was very good. The lentil soup was not so good - very bland. Excellant service. Great family place.

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Morris, NY
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I had the pleasure of dining at Pulcinella's for my second time last evening. This casual, family owned and operated Italian restaurant was the perfect place for a group of colleagues to gather and talk and enjoy the fabulous food and wine. The menu is varied and the staff is attentive. They offer recommendations on everything from the wines to... More

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