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My partner and I were looking for a half-decent Italian restaurant when we stumbled across Pulcinella. We intended to go to another restaurant not too far away from this Hope Street venue but a combination of heavy rain and Pulcinella’s close proximity dictated we stop there for a bite. And I’m glad we did.
Arriving at 5.30pm it was pretty quiet, however, for that time of evening there was a few occupied tables jotted about the large, ground-floor restaurant. The best way to describe the interior of Pulcinella is authentic. A very Italian affair sporting red and white checked table cloths, flags and memorabilia from the homeland. While many restaurants in Glasgow look sleek and soulless Pulcinella oozes charm with its clichéd styling, but it is the better for it.
Seated at our large table for two – I mean you could place a dozen pizzas on it and still find space for your meal – we were ready to thumb through the extensive menu. I fancied something different for my starter and order the funghi ripieni (£5.20) – garlic and pate stuffed mushrooms – while my partner chose her usual Italian starter prociutto e melone (£6.50) – Parma ham and melon. For our main courses we both decided on the veal as per the waiter’s recommendation. I definitely had the winner with my starter as the mushrooms were out of this world. My partner could only look on as I devoured the four large mushrooms, side salad and garlic mayo dip – an awesome choice.
The restaurant wasn’t the warmest that night and that made me wonder why my partner had decided on the melon and ham starter, but she did say the prociutto was delicious and the melon sweet. Usually, when doing a review, we choose separate meals but this time round there was only one meal for the both of us – our favourite vitello Milanese – veal with breadcrumbs served with spaghetti (£13.95). And Pulcinella’s take on this meal didn’t disappoint. The breaded veal was delicious and there wasn’t an ounce of fat on it, while the accompanying spaghetti was smothered in a rich tomato soup sauce. We both agreed it was the best we had tried.
After our mammoth feast there wasn’t enough room left for dessert, so we decided to order a couple of cappuccinos and settle while chatting to the friendly and helpful staff. We’ll both definitely be going back to Pulcinella.