Durham >Pulcinella's Restaurant
4711 Hope Valley Rd, Woodcroft Shopping Center, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.92092 -78.956421
Always a Great Dining Experience – I really do like this place. It's what I would call a good neighborhood, family-friendly restaurant. The ambience is simple and open, and while it can get a bit noisy depending on who else is dining, we have never had a bad experience here. The service is attentive but not overbearing, and the food is always excellent. I highly recommend it. The eggplant parmesean is one of my wife's favorites.
Best Priced Italian Food in the Triangle – Great portions, great sauces (especially their garlic toppings and marsala), and the best bread and dipping sauce around. I'd love to see these guys bottle and sell their homemade olive/sundried tomatoes/garlic dipping sauce, but, they say its made fresh every morning and bottling it would take away the flavor. Very friendly service and by far the best value for an authentic Italian fare in the Triangle (you must try the pink vodka sauce).
Delicious Authentic Italian with Huge Portions – My husband and I have eaten here twice with friends and we all loved it. The food is amazing with large portions and the owner and staff are very friendly. We have not been disappointed with any of our selections. You must try this restaurant!!!
Excellent authentic Italian food in a family setting – You won't be disappointed by the authentic Italian food available, and don't be concerned about the low price. Be sure to give one of thier pizza's a try with some friends and you'll leave happy and full, with a check that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Portions are generous in size and you will most likely bring some home to continue the experience for the following day's lunch.
Ask for some of thier bread and oil dip which makes an excellent starter for any meal.
A meal here will not disappoint.
User review by eemom – If you are looking for authentic italian food, you need to try Pulcinella's
Editorial Review – Located in the Woodcroft Shopping Center, this family style restaurant serves Northern Italian cuisine including pizza, veal, chicken, seafood and pasta.
Not worth going back – I really wanted to like this place, but could not. I have tried this restaurant twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Both times I was disappointed with the food. To me it does not taste like authentic Italian at all. In fact, the calamari tasted like it was frozen before cooking and the pasta dishes were no better than something I could cook for myself at home. Although it looks quaint, the atmosphere is not very inviting once inside. I would even recommend a chain like Maggiano's over this place.
There are better... – Tried it two times, got pasta once, and their Pulcinella's Specialty pizza the second time. Didn't think there was anything special about the food either time. The pasta wasn't that flavorful, and the pizza was extremely soggy in the middle (probably due to using fresh vegetables). Will not go back again, since there are better around.
Great Pizza – This is by far the best pizza around...especially if you are a meat lover! Everything is made fresh and we love it. It is small but for the money you can't beat it! Pick up a pie this Friday!!
Simply delicious eating! – For those who say this is just a hole in the wall, keep going to Olive Garden or some lame "Italian" restaurant for your dining. If you want REAL, authentic Italian, or custom-made dishes, go to Pulcinella's. We've been going there for many years and I have never had poor service or anything but delicious meals, good (at the least) service, and outstanding prices.
They know us by name (actually that happened after only 2 visits), and we're treated like royalty (as are any repeat customers). I never order off the menu any more, and they're always willing to make something special for me (excellent suggestion at an INCREDIBLE price: Zuppa Di Pesce -- theirs is fabulous!).
God bless these guys for opening Pulcinella's. It may not be the BEST Italian in Raleigh, but it's homey, friendly, delicious, and extremely reasonably priced.
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