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“Over priced, average quality food”
Review of Pulcinella

Pulcinella
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Ranked #458 of 3,607 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Hillurst
Cross street: Kensington Road NW
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.
Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Over priced, average quality food”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I'm sure the pizza at this place is fantastic but for them to charge $25 for a pasta dish that was about a 2/10 at best is a bit rough. Service was great, the lady waiting our table was great. The ambiance of the restaurant was decent too just the food was terrible. I had a gnocchi and my friend had a pork pasta dish

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Big brick ovens kinda cool......”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

The big brick ovens kinda cool to see and those pies cook quick, but I wasn't blown away after hearing all the hype about the place. Went out for an early dinner with my lovely bride and son. Ordered some wine, and coke for the boy. Calamari for an appetizer was really good crispy and light with nice tomato sauce. 3 heads 3 different pies ordered, margarita for the boy, ham , shrooms, basil for me and my bride had a spicy Italian salami, pretty tasty and a nice crust. Attentive quick service, after a short wait and discussion by the host and hostess where to seat us. Had reservations for 5:30 and it was still pretty quiet, seemed silly to be debating a table.... And I'm not sure I would want to be here when it's real busy was very noisy only half full.
Over all not a bad meal just didn't meet the hype.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Grant L
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
438 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Only okay”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

This was the second time that I visited Pulcinella. Ironically, in both cases it was just before a concert at the Jubilee. The first time the meal was fabulous. I had the mussels as the main course and they were wonderful. This time we ordered the calamari and a pizza. Both were soggy and lukewarm when they arrived. The calamari was covered with a tomato sauce which caused the batter to become soggy. The pizza did not have a lot of toppings. We ordered an Italian wine for $60 which was recommended by the server. It was good. Overall, the service was attentive. The restaurant is bustling with lots of noise. Clientele was varied from families with very small children to seniors. Parking in Kensington can be a challenge. Street parking is free after 6:00 pm, but usually that is all taken by that time. I'm giving them an Average rating because the first visit was very good.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank YYC_traveler_10
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Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Soggy pizza”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately I don't like their pizza. Came soggy, watery and not hit enough when they arrive at my table. The tiramisu is weird, minimal expresso taste, no rum, I think they use bread rather than lady fingers? Way too much sauce on top. Very disappointed.

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Thank Stm_eternity
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Texas
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89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“It's a nice place”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Very good service, excellent ambiance, affordable wine list, nice appetizers. Pizza, though, which should be the main attraction, not so good. It was my impression that they do not master the wood fire oven technique. Kind of burnt and undercooked at the same time.... Flavor was there though. It didn't impress me much.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank elbrujo_ve
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