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“Great Food ! Great People !”

Pulcinella Italian Restaurant
Ranked #308 of 1,435 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Great Food ! Great People !”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We visited this place last night with a group of 19 friends and family. We did call ahead and warn them that we were coming by making reservations for 5:30. Yes it is run by a family (Mother, daughter and father) and they do have a little trouble with English so you have to be patient. The restaurant is located in a strip mall next to a Outback Steak House. It is a small restaurant but had no trouble accommodating our large party. All agreed that the food was great! Our food took very little time to arrive at our table considering our large crowd. Out of our whole party we did not have a single complaint about the food. I'm not sure where the previous poster ate at last night but our food was authentic, freshly prepared Italian food. The owners do warm up and can be quite fun if you put a little effort into trying to communicate. In fact we found that our families come from the same geographical area of Italy although from different cities.
Yes, we have found a new restaurant to visit now and then and we look forward to it. I had the Veal Parmigianino and I thought it was very well prepared.

Maybe it's not for everyone but I believe you are cheating yourself if you don't at least give this restaurant a try. Take a break from the cookie cutter chain restaurants!

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Lawrence C
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Waste of time”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

I ordered a meat lasagna. It was done quick enough but i should've just saved my money. It tasted like it came out a Chef Boyardee can and that's not an exaggeration. I didn't even eat half of it before I threw the rest away.

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Avery H
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Virginia Beach
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Genuine Italian”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

The food here is truly genuine Italian, not the Italian-American fare usually served here. The owners are Neapolitan. The seafood and veal dishes are awesome. In regard to the reviewer who mentioned waiting for the bill -- In Europe it is considered rude for a waiter to interrupt the diners, who must always signal when they are ready for the bill. They do come around and ask if everything is good, then ask if you would like dessert. When we decline dessert and ask for the check, it appears promptly. This restaurant can be very busy on weekends, so you may want to reserve a table.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank dmnickel
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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“High Quality Italian Food”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

This place has an extensive menu. The restaraunt is small, but the quality of the food is through the roof. All of their dishes are made in the restaurant, even their deserts. If you are looking for high quality Italian food, go to Pulcinella's.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank italianheritage
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome Italian Food”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

If you want authentic Italian Food go to Pulcinella's. It is small and nothing fancy, but the food is affordable and excellent. They are new to America and are not used to Americans always being in a hurry so sometimes you have to wait a while to get the bill.

Visited April 2012
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Thank balluisi
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