Pulcinella, Cleveleys, Lancashire

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

pulcinella cleveleys garlic bread

To start I chose the watermelon and feta salad.

pulcinella cleveleys watermelon 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.

pulcinella cleveleys calamari

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.

pulcinella cleveleys 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.

pulcinella cleveleys fruit tart

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.

Final Thoughts

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




  1. June 11, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Now this one sounds right up my street!
    We’ve wandered by a few times in the daytime and a friend of ours says she often goes in here when she comes to visit an aunt who lives close by.
    So, perhaps an early evening meal at Pulcinella will be on our list very soon 🙂

    • hannah
      June 11, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      I highly recommend!

  2. June 11, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    That lasagne looks delicious! Looks like you have a lovely evening there with delicious food – I’m hungry now!

    Becca x

  3. June 12, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    The pizza and dessert looks really good. Nice pictures. This makes me hungry.

  4. aareeba
    June 12, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    wow This looks so fancy, I would love to visit such place. Thanks for the wonderful review :

  5. June 13, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Looks yummy, I’m glad you enjoyed the food. Makes me want to try a new restaurant in my area.

  6. June 14, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Looks like an authentic great place. The pizza looks so delicious.

    PS: I love your logo

  7. June 14, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    This looks like a great spot. I wish it wasn’t so far from me! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  8. June 14, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    That dessert looks astounding! I’m jealous.

  9. June 14, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I love great food and it’s always good to read about somewhere that serves just that!

    Enjoy the journey!

  10. steph
    June 15, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    These food looks so delicious

  11. aareeba
    June 15, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    The lasagna looks delicious, and the restaurant is a lux . Thanks for the awesome review

  12. June 15, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    The interior of the restaurant is so nice! The food looks yummy too!

  13. June 15, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Seriously hungry after reading your review and looking at your photos. The Pulcinella looks amazing! That strawberry dessert…..OMG

  14. June 15, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Ooooo the pizza and the dessert look amazing!! Think I might have to visit this place at some point ??

  15. Daneisha Smith
    June 15, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I’m in the US but this looks so nice! I would love to try something like this in the future.

  16. Ronnie
    June 15, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    ooo such a lovely combo of food! The salad looks so interesting I’ve never had watermelon or blackberries in a salad before.. What your husband ordered for mains is something that I would totally order in a restaurant!


    • hannah
      July 4, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      always ? quick pizza is never a quick pizza lol

  17. June 15, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    This place looks delicious. Your pictures are lovely. Good review.

  18. June 15, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Yum that looks so good! And five euros? Fantastic deal. Looks like the restaurant has an amazing ambiance as well. And strawberry marscapone, how could you pass that up? Wish I lived there to try it!

  19. June 21, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Oh this place sounds lovely! I really enjoy a good pizza and this place sounds like it does really great food at amazing prices! Thanks for sharing.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  20. June 22, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Sounds like a lovely meal – I love lasagne and £5 is a fab price!

  21. June 28, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I´m so jealous, It all looks so good!

  22. June 30, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    The food here looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have to remember this restaurant for the next time I’m in Lancashire!

    Louise x

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