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foodie2007 Jul 20, 2007 11:22 AM

Good Afternoon, I am new to the area and one of my co-workers was telling me about the new Italian Restaurant in South Burlington Vermont. I'm wondering if any one has any information on the restaurant and Chef. I'm looking for someplace to take my girlfriend to dinner so I can propose to her. My friend said the places is really nice and the food wonderful, but I would like to hear others opinions before I make this the place to propose.

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    babyd1732 Jul 30, 2007 07:32 PM

    pulcinella's is absolutely amazing! there is a huge menu (no it's not "american italian") with something for everyone, and the atmosphere is great! best restaurant in the burlington area!!!

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      weber Apr 6, 2008 09:50 AM

      I agree. The food was top notch - very authentic Italian. After eating a great lunch, I bought a gift certificate for a friend, on the spot.

      Yeah, it's in a little shopping center (next to EMS), but the venue/interior is quite delighful.

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        TonyO Apr 6, 2008 06:11 PM

        I give Pulcinella's about 7 / 10. The food is good (the fried cheese stuffed olives are very different and tasty). The ambiance is noisy, the open kitchen is more of a distraction than an attraction (bright flourescent bulbs and prep tables). I hope they succeed as this area is become over run with chains. That being said, I think there are better options based on my visit. Hopefully all is well for Foodie2007 by now ! I would not classify Pulcinella's as romantic. That would be Trattoria Delia and L'Amante. It is too bad the Cristophe's closed, that is a loss.

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          signothetimes53 Apr 7, 2008 12:47 PM

          L'Amante might be more romantic, but only by a little. I prefer the food variety and food quality at Pulcinella's by a mile. L'Amante's menu is simply too limited for my taste, not much there that interests me. YMMV.

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            TonyO Apr 7, 2008 04:42 PM

            Very interesting signothetimes. I view it exactly the opposite. I agree that L'Amante's menu is limited but I find all the dishes are very creative and show a higher degree of skill than most restaurants. I'll admit, I have a culniary background so I like to dine on items that I wouldn't likely have the patience to cook at home (like the stuffed squash blossoms) I think Pulcinella's needs to fine tune their approach and they should do fine. Maybe the ambiance is better at night ?

    2. signothetimes53 Jul 22, 2007 10:00 AM

      Is anyone certain that Pulcinella's is even open yet? I had thought it was going to be the end of the summer before the opening took place, but I could be wrong. I've driven by the location half a dozen times in the last week, but never noticed one way or another....

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        katiepie Jul 24, 2007 05:30 AM

        I stopped by Pulcinella's yesterday to check it out... it was pretty packed.

        It has the same layout as the Cork and Board and was a little noisy. It looked like a good place for families. I definitely would NOT propose there!

        It smelled really good and I grabbed a couple of take-out menus. It reminds me a little bit of Juniors... more American-Italian fare.

        They have lunch, so I think that's where hubby and I will start.

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          pastafreak Jul 24, 2007 06:04 AM

          My wife and I have eaten at Pulcinella's six times since thier openning. I found the food to be nothing like Juniors, or American-Italian fare at all. We have dinned in sicily and along the amalfi coast of Italy, and we found that Pulcinella's is the real deal Italian. The service staff needs more knowledge on the food and wine, but they are very attentive to guests needs. My wife is in love with the pasta with seafood (cant remeber the Italian name), the sausage with broccoli, and the chocolate torte. I really like the spaghetti with cherry tomato sauce and the bracole (spelling?). Thinking about it now is making me want to go for dinner tonight.

          1. re: pastafreak
            katiepie Jul 24, 2007 06:21 AM

            Pastafreak,

            I don't mean to imply that American Italian isn't Italian food... it is. It's just more like the Italian food you'd see in the NY area (the tri-state region or Long Island). The mom and pop restaurants of that area... I didn't mean, say, the Olive Garden.

            It isn't old world Italian, which is what you find at Trattoria Delia or, say, Babbo in NYC.

            I'm glad to hear it's good, and looking forward to trying it out!

      2. bigbadbill Jul 21, 2007 04:09 AM

        Although I haven't been to Pulcinella yet I have heard good things about it and I know the Chef (Sam) and he's a talented guy. Another suggestion would be the Inn at Shelburne Farms but request a table on the patio. After dinner, you can walk down to the lake and propose to her there. The food ain't bad either! Good luck.

        http://www.shelburnefarms.org/comevis...

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          katiepie Jul 21, 2007 04:35 AM

          Okay, Pulcinella's... it's where Cork and Board use to be. I did a search but couldn't find anything but an older blurb from one of Suzanne's articles in Seven Days:

          "Italian out, Italian in. Casual but elegant Cannon's, an Italian restaurant in Burlington's Ethan Allen Shopping Center, closed its doors last week and is for sale. Owners Dan and Susan Rogers took turns managing the place. Meanwhile, South Burlington is gaining a new restaurant called Pulcinella in the Dorset Street space occupied by the old Cork & Board. Sam Palmisano, who purchased the ill-fated 5 Spice Café just two months before a conflagration closed it, will be the chef. He has abandoned previous plans to re-open the Asian hot spot on lower Church. "

          Hey Suzanne... have you been yet and what do you think? :)

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            Addisonchef Jul 22, 2007 05:03 AM

            Like katiepie, I too would recommend Trattoria Delia. I think hands down it is the most romantic restaurant in the Burlington area! Although, the Inn at Shelburne Farms also sounds beautiful, especially if it's a gorgeous night.

            I guess the new resto is open, although I haven't seen any advertisements for it, although I did see ads looking for waitstaff, et al a while back.

            All the best!

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              vtfoodie Jul 22, 2007 07:03 AM

              Hi Katie! I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list...It's open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

              That said, I'd be a little wary about having such an important event at a newly opened establishment. I'd tend to choose a place with a longstanding reputation for excellence and an accomplished waitstaff used to complying with special requests....that way, there's every chance for a smooth, unforgettable experience. The Inn at Shelburne Farms is definitely gorgeous and romantic. Cafe Shelburne could be nice as well. I'm having an anniversary dinner there next week, so I'll report back on the experience. A co-worker of mine recently had a celebratory meal at Christophe's on the Green, and loved it. Another thought: Hen of the Wood, which has excellent food and a romantic (sorry for using that word so much) ambiance.

              Can't wait to hear what you decide, foodie2007!

              (oops...I meant to reply from my new account suzannep, and accidentally logged into my older one)

          2. katiepie Jul 20, 2007 03:57 PM

            Wow... I live in South Burlington and have never heard of it. It must be pretty new... anyone else know?

            Foodie, you are so sweet. Congrats on finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. If I were you, I would propose at Trattoria Delia. I am absolutely biased, however, because it is one of my favorite restaurants and I use to work there. It has a fabulous reputation though, amazing food, and is sooo romantic. You can request one of the fireplace tables, and have a little private spot all to yourselves (unless you are tall, then I wouldn't recommend it... it's pretty cozy quarters!) We use to have proposals quite a bit and the restaurant staff are amazing when it comes to that kind of thing... if you let them know ahead of time, they can really help you out. Here is a link to the website if you want to check it out:

            www.trattoriadelia.com

            Again, congratulations and let us know how it goes!

            Katie

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