This place never disappoints. Amazing service and the best Italian food in town. Big fan of the pesto gnocchi
Jun 5, 2019
We visited for lunch to celebrate a co worker's promotion based on a recommendation that the food was good. When we walked in we immediately noticed the greasy floors and gouges in the walls that looked like they hadn't seen new paint in a decade. The dining room was small and fairly empty when we arrived at noon. There were 10 of us and we could not be seated together. When we left at 1:15 there were maybe 5 other tables seated.
The food arrived in a timely manner and then the server pretty much disappeared. We never could get refills on our drinks but managed to beg some out of the server "to go" at the end. I had to ask three times and the third time was after I waited up front and walked back in to check on the status of my drink. Instead of getting the drink they were busy cleaning the table for the tips.
Once back at the office, we all started talking about how salty the sauce was. One person said the Chicken Parm was so bad she just left it there. Pretty much all the pasta entrees were just big piles of unremarkable pasta. My Pizza was "OK" but very salty and not a reason to go back. Only one person in our group said she liked what she ordered and that was the lasagna.
At the end, instead of being served checks we all had to spend 15 minutes lined up at the front desk to pay our bills as the server stated that as her preference.
I would never go back to this spot.
Apr 21, 2019
Service is good, but food there!! Its plenty pasta, and sauce doesn't taste authentic Italian. I wont consider split a plate if it's your first time..meatballs is quantity vs quality..
May 14, 2019
I came here around this time in 2018 and ordered a Stromboli. The middle of the Stromboli was ice cold - in fact, it seemed frozen. On the way out, I let the owner know who assured me, it was not frozen... OK, I must be making it up then. He assured me, everything is fresh. Well, my Stromboli was ice cold in the middle.
Fast forward to April, 2019 - I come here again, thinking, perhaps I can get a Stromboli which is not cold in the middle. Wrong. 1 year apart, same exact thing. Stromboli is ice cold in the middle. The owner wasn't here this time, but, doesn't matter. Won't be back.
Patricia E Whited
Jun 21, 2019
Really delicious food with stellar service. We try to stop here as often as we can.
Everything from their fresh bread and entrees to desserts is great tasting.
Jun 25, 2019
We ordered calamari, a Scillian pizza, and wine. The pizza was great, with a crisp crust, good crumb, and not too much sauce. The wine (a sangiovese) was good with a smooth finish. The calamari, unfortunately, was overcooked and a bit too chewy. Service was attentive and fast without being overbearing. Overall a pleasant dinner.
Aug 8, 2019
This is my favorite Italian place in the triangle. First the service here is consistently the best. Been here over a dozen times and I have never had mediocre service. The food is a good value. Can you find better food for double the price? Probably. But for the price it's the best Italian you will find. Also they have great fresh baked bread provided. Expect to wait during busy dinner hours as this place is no secret to the locals. The pizza there is not my favorite. Go for the pasta, leave the pizza to places that do it exclusively.
Zach The awesome
Aug 3, 2019
Great experience from the time we entered until the time we left. We were visiting Chapel Hill and my son wanted Italian for dinner. The hotel recommended a different restaurant and I found this one of Google. My 12 year old son said the restaurant was cozy. Our waiter was very attentive and actually spoke to my son. That is a huge plus for us when we eat out. He is old enough to order for himself but so many times waiters/waitresses ignore him. The food was awesome and like others have stated, the portion size is huge. My husband had the lasagna, I had pizza and my son had penne pasta. We didn't try the desert but I'm sure it is as outstanding as the food. When back in the area, we will definitely be back. All around a great experience.
Jul 29, 2019
Great food and really big portions. It's a cozy atmosphere and the wait staff is very attentive. I've never been there when it wasn't busy but the service is quick. You also get take out!
Jul 17, 2019
Don’t let the strip mall fool you. This is the best Italian around and the owners/staff are amazing and very personable and service oriented. Not a fancy place, but big comfy booths and damn good food.
Oct 10, 2019
Can’t be beat if you are looking for that delicious neighborhood Italian joint. The food is fantastic but the warmth and comfort of the place is what really shines.
The service is always friendly and professional and it’s a great place for the whole family, but date-appropriate as well.
Aug 27, 2019
It was awesome there! It gave you the Italian experience without you going to Italy. The only difference is that people were speaking English. The food was great and we had to take it home. The service was fantastic and we had no choice but to give her a very generous tip. A man and his family that come in every month and played his accordian for the restaurant.❤️
Sep 6, 2019
Tonight was our first time dining at Pulcinella's. It exceded our expectations. The food was exquisite. My fiancee doesn't eat gluten, so we were excited they have gluten free pasta. The service from Harrison was superb. All the other staff we met were genuinely friendly. We have found a new favorite in Durham.
Oct 28, 2019
I came here for my girlfriend's birthday over the weekend with some friends. None of us had been here before and we were eager to check it out.
The atmosphere and service were wonderful (shout out to Harrison!), But the food was just average. I had the lasagna and while it was hot and the consistency was good, the flavor of the meat wasn't really there. The prices are also very reasonable!
I definitely plan to to go back and try another dish, based on the service alone.
Nov 15, 2019
All 4 of us enjoyed our dinners at P's last night. In my case, my recent
absence definitely "made my taste buds grow fonder." The special dinner that owner Mike prepared-- a chicken/prosciutto/bowtie-pasta/vodka sauce dish was OUTSTANDING! And, while my wife & I always loved P's homemade bread & tomato/olive oil dipping sauce, I swear that it never tasted better than it did last night! This place still turns out GREAT unique, old-school Italian dishes at "great-bang-for-buck" prices. Plus, our favorite waiter, Harrison, is still there! Everyone needs to support this long-time, local, cozy restaurant that strives to keep pleasing its customers with "the best of Italy."
Oct 25, 2019
I simply can’t say enough about Pulcinella’s. Too bad I didn’t know it was here years ago when my husband and I were looking for an authentic Italian Restaurant to have dinner. We moved down from NJ almost 31 years ago. Now that we’ve found it watch out!! The owner, waiters, staff, etc. are ALL truly wonderful and the food from the Eggplant Parmigiana to the Veal Parmigiana simply out of this world. The restaurant has that homey feel as if you’re in someone’s house at Thanksgiving with family and friends. Oh and by the way, try and save room for dessert because they have a Lemon Cello Cake to die for. Prices are what one would expect, actually better because the portion sizes are very large, at any upscale Italian Restaurant.
Out of 5 Stars Pulcinella’s, if I could would get a 5 and a half!!!!!
Nov 24, 2019
Pulcinella's is easily the best Italian place in Durham. The service is always excellent and the food is amazing. The owner makes you feel welcome and the portions are more than generous. Great place. Highly recommended.
Dec 14, 2019
The food is delicious! The bread & olive oil dip they bring out at the beginning of the meal was a wonderful treat & got us way too full before our meal since we couldn't stop eating it! Our server made us feel like family, which is always appreciated but it's even more special when you've never been at the restaurant before! We'll definitely be back when were in Durham again!
Jan 1, 2020
We have been several times now. This is now my favorite restaurant!! The food, service and atmosphere are always top notch. Best spaghetti in the world. I order the marinara wth meatballs. It is incredible with zesty sauce and chunks of fresh garlic. Unbelievable!! Best restaurant ever...anywhere.
Jan 22, 2020
Dinner was delicious! I got a to go order of the spaghetti with pink sauce which was a mix of the marinara and alfredo - best of both worlds! It comes with a salad and bread. They also have a chocolate cake that any chocolate-lover would appreciate. 😋😋
Feb 24, 2020
If you want good Italian food, there’s no better place! HIGHLY recommend! Feel free to use your imagination further than what’s on the menu. They’ll make it happen and they’ll never disappoint!