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Feb 24, 2008 05:50 AM

Anyone been to Pulcinella on Henderson yet?

I know there's one in Katy. But, the Dallas restaurant just opened and I'm curious to see if anyone has tried it?

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  1. I live in the neighborhood, and haven't heard of it -- where is it? What is it?

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    1. re: Dallas Alice

      It's at Capitol and Henderson-- same shopping center as Fish City Grill, and across from Capitol Pub.

      1. re: Dallas Alice

        It's an Italian restaurant... supposed to have good pizza. Evidently it just opened in the last week or so.

        1. I'm interested as well as I live in the neighborhood. I'll try to venture out so I can make a report. I do know that they received quite a favorable review in the Houston Chronicle for their Katy location.

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          1. I happened to drive by this afternoon. It looked as though it was still under construction.

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            1. re: pizzaQTpie

              I believe that the Pulcinella spot is open because the waitress we had at Capitol Pub said she was going there that night. But, there is definitely some construction going on. I think there is another restaurant opening in the building that Pulcinella's is in.

            2. They've done a soft opening. They are open for dinner.

              1. I had the pizza a couple days ago. It is thin crust. It was OK, but I'm going to have to give them a second chance because they weren't even officially open when they served me and they didn't have the full menu.

                I'm gonna try to go for dinner in the next couple days - I'm hoping they'll have the full menu.

                Anybody else been?

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                1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                  Haven't been yet. Trying to work it in. So, the pizza was just OK? Please report back if you go again...

                  1. re: margiehubbard

                    I guess I shoudl have said it was better than OK. Thin crust, somewhat crisp, fresh ingredients. But like I said, they were in the very preliminary stages when I ate there. Good enough to go back for a 2nd go-round. When I do, I'll report back.

                  2. re: Epicurious Esquire

                    Ok, here's my reply to my own post.

                    The pizza is MUCH, MUCH better than the first time I tried it. The oven, which I believe was imported from Italy, is firing much, much hotter than 2 weeks ago. The thin crust was slightly charred, crisp enough and is very light in texture.

                    In addition to the basic Margheria, I also had the Greco, which is toped with salty feta and roasted red peppers and finished with a honey drizzle. I thought the honey was a nice foil to the salty feta, and overall the pizza was very, very pleasing.

                    It provides a nice alternative to the gloppy, gut-busting pizza at Fireside.

                    I live in the M Streets and am VERY, VERY excited about the Shops on Henderson development. I'll definitely be back for more Pulcinella Pizza and I can't wait for Sushi Axiom to open.

                    That whole strip seems to be buzzing with electricity.

                    1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                      Great info! We'll have to go check it out. Are the prices fairly reasonable?

                      1. re: margiehubbard

                        Pizzas are $12-16, which I thought was reasonable.

                        This goes more to my lack of self-control than anything, but I like the fact that they are not huge, massive pizzas. For a guy with an appetite, a salad and a pizza would be a nice meal, leaving you satisfied but not completely stuffed.

                        1. re: Epicurious Esquire

                          Went for dinner tonight and can't say that I will be returning. From the looks of the menu online, I wasn't expecting much. It read like your standard suburban Italian restaurant. My wife is always in the mood for Italian and the restaurant is fairly close to us so we decided to check it out.

                          We each had one of their wood-fired pizzas. I did appreciate the thin charred crust but there was something missing. We also shared a salad that was good but nothing that would necessarily draw me back.

                          Overall, I would think about returning if I lived out in Katy and had few non-chain options. I just don't think the concept works quite as well with so many other restaurants nearby serving far better pizza.

                          1. re: Bhutani

                            My 2 cents: I wasn't expecting much from Pulcinella's, since I feel a little pizza-d out, but I was pretty pleasantly surprised. On my first visit, we got started with a margherita pizza. Like several other places around town, Pulicinella's touts itself as authentic Neopolitan pizza. Never been to Italy, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity, but it was good. The secret is in the sauce-- which wasn't overly sweet or tangy. Rather, it had a fresh bright taste that carried the entire pizza. The mozz was sparing-- silver dollar sized circles dotted each slice. The crust was thin, crisp, and perfect. Since they had comped us the pizza, I felt obligated to order an entree to follow. Chose the special of the day: penne a la vodka sauce. The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the sauce was balanced. My friend had the eggplant soup, which she loved as well.

                            I immediately dragged yet another friend back last night, but had a moderately different experience. We had the salami pizza. There was a heftier portion of mozz, and there was something missing with the sauce. The pizza was crisp, but didn't reach the level of perfect texture they had achieved earlier in the week. It lacked the wow factor overall.

                            Still, Pulcinella's is putting out good product and is worth a visit.