Opening in 2001 Pulcinella has long been a favourite of mine, whether for a quick pizza before date night or for a special celebration. The kitchen is headed up by Massimo Zampini who along with his team create delicious dishes inspired by traditional regional Italian cooking that never disappoints.
Pulcinella has been through a few renovations since our first visit and I have to say it’s looking pretty amazing at the moment.
Situated off the main high street Pulcinella is a favourite of both locals and tourists. Even on a midweek evening, you can expect a busy and lively restaurant with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It was on such an evening that we made our last visit.
Initially, we’d gone in to take advantage of the excellent £5 pizza or pasta deal (selected items before 7pm sun-thurs) but on seeing the set menu I decided to give that a try instead.
We started with a garlic bread with tomato to share, this is a staple for us as it’s always so delicious
To start I chose the watermelon and feta salad.
The menu mentioned that it came with apricots and apricot jam but neither were in sight, instead I had blackberries. Not a problem, they still equally went well with the watermelon and the feta so I was only mildly disappointed.
My husband went for a favourite on the a la carte menu, the Fritto Misto, which consisted of lightly floured and seasoned calamari, crevettes and whitebait served with aioli.
A messy but extremely enjoyable dish, the batter is so light and crispy.
For mains I chose the fillet of salmon stuffed and roasted with Mediterranean vegetables, basil pesto and baby roquito peppers, which came with a side order of fries.
This was a standout dish for me, The vegetables themselves were packed with flavour and the fish itself was perfectly cooked, I think next time I’d see if I could have it with potatoes though as a slightly healthier option.
My husband chose from the £5 offer and had the lasagne.
Now you can’t really go wrong with lasagne, I remember a few years ago it used to be a bit “sauceless” which I wasn’t a massive fan of, but now there’s plenty of the gooey goodness to go around, yum!
As our “quick pizza” was turning into a full on meal it seemed rude not to have dessert.
We decided to share the Strawberry & Mascarpone Shortbread Tart, finished with basil sugar and berry coulis.
Now I said share, what I actually meant was give my husband a spoon, even though he won’t be using it! This was just the right thing to finish off the meal. If anything I would say the basil was more of a paste than sugar and it was a little overpowering when you got lot of it, but it was an interesting combination that I enjoyed trying.
Overall a great meal as always, I can’t wait to visit again for my birthday in a few weeks time.
Why not try Pulcinella for yourself, 3 Bispham Road, Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1DG. Open from 6.00pm, Tuesday to Sunday