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4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-1172
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 12
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cheap chic

Love the calzones. The wait staff is good, the atmosphere is "expected" the wine pours are chinchy nothing on draft. We go there for the calzones If you want a calzone, try it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Raleigh, NC
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a small, cozy, neighborhood restaurant that uses wonderful, family recipes for their sauces, entrees and pasta dishes. We just love this place. A visit here is our treat to ourselves. The wait staff is friendly and very efficient and know us on sight. The ravioli is especially good as is the baked ziti. Their dipping sauce is unique... More 

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Peoria, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Our first visit here-- went with friends & our kids. Accordion player there that night, which was fun! It was pretty busy, but we were seated quickly. Wait staff was average. The food was incredible! Chicken Alfredo was one of the best I've ever had. Their bread & oil dipping was great too. Everyone at our table was happy with... More 

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We like independent restaurants and Pulcinella's is a wonderful local Italian cafe. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will definitely go there next time we are in Durham.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Love the calzones. The wait staff is good, the atmosphere is "expected" the wine pours are chinchy nothing on draft. We go there for the calzones If you want a calzone, try it.

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Durham,NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you like a very ample entree' of Italian food , don't miss out. Salad and bread included. The menu has a wide variety of appetizers and main course choices. The environment is noisy and hot! The service is very good and prices are in line and as expected. There is a busy take -out service . Not great for... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We stop in frequently. Always friendly service and good food. The portions are quite large and better than a chain restaurant. Not fancy but tasty.

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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We love Italian food so we thought we would try this little restaurant while in Durham. The first thing we noticed was how unbearably hot it was inside the restaurant when we walked in the door. We thought perhaps it was because the door to the kitchen was nearby, but unfortunately the dining area was just as hot. Our server... More 

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a local independent Italian place our family tries from time to time. This last experience was the worst so far. Our waiter acted like he didn't want to be there, he rarely checked on us, and he never brought the beverage I requested. The place was only about 1/4 full, so you'd think service would be excellent.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A little over a month ago, I reviewed this restaurant and gave it a poor rating, primarily due to the server. This time the server was great, and the food continues to be above par. One gets a big portion size, cooked very well. Need a little bit better house Chianti.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I eat here a lot, mostly because it's close to home, but I have always had very good food and service. It's good, too for take-out. Portions are very big, pasta/salad/bread comes with it, and it's always tasty. I really like the chicken marsala pasta dish and the eggplant is very good. I have read other reviews, and I have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 490-1172

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?