Almost everything at Pulcinella's is homemade. The rolls came to our table straight from the oven, and delicious, though some of them were a little dough-y. I enjoyed the chicken marsala dish, and my husband had farfalle alfredo which was very creamy. We got a pizza for the kids which they liked, though my husband felt the sauce was bland. Homemade desserts include cannolli and tiramisu. The only complaint we had was that the service was extremely slow. We were a party of 6 and there was only one other couple in the restaurant, yet we still had to wait awhile for the waiter to bring us things we asked for. If you're planning to try Pulcinella's, there are coupons available on restaurants.com that make it more affordable. Our meal for 4 adults and 2 kids came to about $70 before tax and tip. We ordered soft drinks, each adult had a meal, the kids shared the pizza, and only one person had dessert.
This hidden secret in North Raleigh has a friendly staff and excellent food. The menu is not just pasta and pizza, but also fish and chicken dishes that have a little twist. Lunch is generally very busy, but the wait time is not too long for dinner. They always have a nice Valentine special, so you should call early to make reservations for that. It is quaint and cosy, perfect for both family dining and intimate romantic dates.
I had high hopes for this place as it was recommended from a friend. Went to the establishment on a Saturday night, completely empty, should have been a clue as to the type of experience.
After giving the server the order it took about 25 minutes to get our food. In the mean time the only other customers who came in, after us, had ordered and received their food. We had to ask for the bread basket, the server seemed disgruntled to have to get us the bread. Once we received our food it was rather bland and unappealing. At the end of our meal, the server asked if we were ready to go and we said we were and would like the check. 10 minutes later and asking us again if we were ready we finally got our check. Seems like a business that wasn't busy on a Saturday would step up the customer service. Needless to say I will not be recommending this place to anyone in the near future.
Pros: Seems to be authentic
Cons: SERVICE, Freezing cold inside, price
Pulcinella's is the best food (italian or otherwise) in Raleigh! We have been there 3 times and can't get enough. I think my favorite dish has to be the shrimp scampi. The service is always good and you can usually get seated pretty quickly. The atmosphere is romantic, but still a great place to take your family. I can't wait to go back!
It's hard for me to be impressed by Italian restaurants, but Pulcinella's is awesome. The menu is simple yet elegant. The food is not pretentious or overworked. Everything is always prepared well, and I've never ever had a bad meal here. The food is also inexpensive - two glasses of wine with entree, salad and bread is always under $20. The service can be slow sometimes, and I've been forgotten about a few times, but the food is good that I can't even consider that a negative. The restaurant is small, and when they are busy, sometimes service can suffer slightly. But the food is awesome, and it is a lot better than most of the Italian places listed here on Citysearch. I recommend the baked ziti, eggplant, or the gnocchi. Try their house dressing - it's amazing! I hear the pizza is really good, but never tried.
Pros: inexpensive menu but delicious, great ambiance, staff are nice, always attentive
Cons: when busy service suffer a little, tables can be small
This is a no-frills place- just delicious authentic Italian food. It is what I like to cal the "italian version of the Oakwood Cafe" great food, service and they are always consistent. They have alot to choose from on the menu and the Pizza is by far, the best in Raleigh. I have taken several people here even an Italian from New York and thier response was "I wish I could find a place like this in New York!" Places like this never get enough credit-everyone votes for the "trendy" places. I like to eat at GOOD restraunts and this is one of the few in Raleigh, it is very affordable and everything is homemade!
Pros: Anything on the Menu!
Cons: Sometimes weekend nights are crowded
We've been going to Pulcinellas since it opened - its the definition of the "Neighborhood Italian restaurant", or as close as you can get in Raleigh. Great service, wonderful homemade dishes - and the pizza is the best. When we can't visit the restaurant, we take out the pizza. Its always the sauce thats make a difference to me at an Italian restuarant - and its the best here. I often order the simplest dishes, like Spaghetti and meat sauce, and I'm never dissapointed.
Pros: Good service, easy parking, good ambience
Cons: No bar
I love this restaurant. The food is so fresh tasting, great size portions. Did I mention the bread? Wow. It tastes like the oven is right by your table. Franco is the chef and he does no wrong. This food tastes so much better than any of the "chain" Italian restaurants.
Pros: Delicious flavorful food.
Cons: I eat too much everytime I go there because it is so yummy.
Since my friends were such gracious hosts I offered to take them out to dinner anywhere they wanted. So they chose this place, tucked away in a Grocery Store strip mall. I don't know, I have never had great experiences with this type of setting. For starters the bread. The only drawback to the bread is that you will try to burn the tips of your fingers off to get a piece of it. The little triangles come out piping hot, served with a sundried tomato oil, and taste like the best pizza crust you have ever had. If the rolls are that good, I know the pizza must have been too. I'm kicking myself.
I ordered the Veal Parm. I wasn't really impressed with the quality of the Veal, but then again you have to pay for Good veal. Everything else on the plate was great. The sauce was fresh and flavorful and I ran out of rolls to dunk in it. But it wasn't long before I had more of them. Did I mention the service is good too. I never had a sensation of wanting. The bread and my drink glass were always full.
I really wanted to try the pizza and the Bolognese. The bolognese looked so good I was kicking myself for not ordering it. Oh well I guess there's always a next time, but not for a while.
Pros: Hot fresh bread. Awesome service, Owner always around to offer suggestions. Spectacular food
Cons: I could only order one thing.
Pulcinella is a small restaurant off of Falls of the Neuse. My husband and I have eaten here 5 times, always get the same table and the same great service. We have a tried a variety of entrees and everything has been excellent from the basic lasagna to the complex seafood linguini. I highly recommend their calzone that they manage to bake to perfection and serve at exactly the right piping hot temperature with a side of delicious homemade sauce. Everyone come try this restaurant...just don't take my seat!
Walked in this little place last Saturday night and was treated to one of the best Italian
dinners I have had in the triangle.
The pasta was homemade. Need I say more.
Pros: quiet, quaint, delicious
I've been a regular at this restaurant since they opened, and if this isn't one of Raleigh's best-kept secrets, I don't know what is.
This is real New York-style Italian. If you need more detail than that, just go to Pulcinella's, order a lot of food, and pay attention. Repeat as necessary.
The prices are very reasonable, the food is fresh and well-prepared, the specials are always worth recommending, and I've never had a single bad meal there in years and years and dozens of visits.
If you want real New York Italian food, served in the real-deal northeastern style (I came here 25 years ago from a NYC bedroom community in CT and know what I'm talking about) you simply should not miss Pulcinella's.
Pros: Authenticity, Flavor, Value
Really enjoyed this little place. The food was good and the price was great! The penna zucinni is wonderful...
Pros: front parking, good food, great price
I really like this place. The food was very good, and the price was GREAT! I had the Penna Zuccini with lots of garlic. Me and my hubby eat for less than 40 dollars plus a tip. It is crowed on fridays but worth the wait I think.
Pros: good parking, food and price, service
Cons: crowed, small tables
I love this place. The staff makes you feel at home without overcrowding you. Great selection of food. My favorite is the stromboli. Served with salad - ask for the house Italian dressing, it's awesome. Go here with friends, family or have a romantic evening with your loved one.
Pros: Great food, Great service, Great staff
Cons: not open on Sundays
A great place hidden away in a strip mall, which in Raleigh seems to be the best place to find restaurants. The food is yummy, the service is prompt, and the prices are great. One of our fave places to dine.
A friend told us about this place...we love it. The restaurant atmosphere is small and cozy. My boyfriend and I know we will get a great meal there. We also took my mom there when she came into town to visit (we are Italian) and she loved it. The specials are interesting and always wonderful...and their sauces are right on. I love their marsala when it is offered...and the bleu cheese dressing is yummy!! You also will be happy with the check!
Pros: secluded, great price, friendly staff
Went to eat here this week for the first time after a friend recommended it - was not disappointed and will definitely be back! The bread and flavored olive oil is out of this world...the bread tasted fresh-baked from the oven. Service was very nice and prices are VERY reasonable - you can have a nice meal for $7-$14. GO EAT HERE!!!!
Pros: great tasting food, prices, service
This is a great small Italian restaurant. The dress is casual and the food is reasonably priced. They have a wide variety from pizza to veal marsala. The homeade italian dressing tastes delicious as does the garlic bread.