Raleigh >Food & Dining > Pulcinella's Italian Rstrnt
I thought this place was quite good - went with a groupon and was impressed by the fresh dressing and sauces. The pizza had a nice blistered crust and overall I found this place to be very much solid.
This was one of the WORST restaurants we have ever been to by far. My husband wanted to leave in the middle of dinner. We got it half off on Groupon and were still upset about spending the $20 for $40 of food. We ordered drinks and the waitress said she would be back with straws. Many minutes later we still didn't have straws. I asked her again and she said "I have to go out to my car to get them". 5 more minutes...she brings back 3 straws when we needed 4 and said "we only have 3 left". She then brought us shredded lettuce that looked like taco lettuce with a few diced tomatoes and a few peppers with the wrong dressing. We asked her for ranch and she had to leave and come back with the right dressing and left the wrong dressing in little bowls on the table. The spaghetti and meatballs had tiny little meatballs hidden in thick sauce that tasted like frozen meatballs and not authentic taste. The lasagna was super tiny and just meatballs and a few noodles with the sauce--my husband said it was like chef boyardee and was disgusting. Then the cheese pizza slices! The kids wouldn't even eat them! Black/burnt on the bottom and cheese crusted like it was old. Cheesecake--definitely not restaurant quality. Seemed to be frozen! Very tiny little place with no music and uncomfortable. The bread was rock hard rolls with burnt marks. SAVE your money!
Alot for the money -You won't leave hungry!. We were delighted to find this hidden gem of a restaurant. If you are looking for fancy, this is NOT the place; but if you want friendly service & authentic, unbelievable italian food at a great price -look no further! Everything is so fresh and delicious and they have an impressive variety of entres, pizza & salads. My favorites are the Shrimp Fra Diavolo & that mouth watering Tiramsu for dessert! Just fyi this place is great for take-out too!
Thank you for your business and your review. Look forward to servicing your Italian food needs as soon as possible, "grazie mille".
$30 for App, 2 Entrees, and Bottle of Wine Thursday.
My husband and I noticed their sign for Thursday night while shopping near the restaurant and it sounded like a good deal so we tried it. The place was empty, there was alot of white noise and no music, it kinda felt dirty. The server was friendly. Limitations apply, anything under the seafood or chicken category do not apply to deal...soadios chicken parm I was craving!
We ordered the calamari as our appetizer, it was heavily breaded but good, the only reason this restaurant is getting 2 stars is because of their fabulous marinara sauce...it is best I have had in a long time.
I ordered the eggplant parm it was okay...again thanks to the yummy marinara which I scooped off of my noodles and ate alone. My husband had the lasagna, he said it lacked flavor and cheese.
All and all, we will not be going back...even at $30 I don't consider it a deal.
Thank you for business and your review. We apologize for not meeting your expectations. We will take your comments into account and apply them to our staff and our chef of the kitchen right away. Regardless, we hope you enjoy all of your future restaurant experiences.
Best Italian food in the entire USA.
I accidently found on the net and decided to do some research before going. There are tons of BAD Italian restaurants here in the town and I had pretty much given up on going out to eat Italian food.
We were delighted with our meal; the food was fresh, delicious, full of robust flavors and so good that I couldn’t stop eating even though I was way past full.
I had Pollo Pulcinella and it was heavenly.
The only down part was that the bread seemed maybe baked early in the morning and it did not taste as good as some people have wrote about. The environment is quaint and nothing to fancy and the people are pretty much all about getting the food to you without any small talk which is totally fine with me.
The food arrived quickly and we checked out at a pretty decent time so I have really no complaints just can’t wait to go back there!
Not worth it!!.
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.
The food is amazing!. 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!
Awesome Italian restaurant. 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.
Best Italian Food in Raleigh. 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!
Great neighborhood Italian restaurant -and the best Pizza!. 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.
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