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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published April 12th 2012
Pulcinella has been catering to Church Street's tastes since 1994 and is an Italian restaurant that is open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. It is run by the same company that owns Pincho at 55 Church Street.

If you call in between 9am and midday you could choose from a breakfast menu of Eggs Benedict or Florentine, Scrambled Eggs with Ciabatta Crostini, French Toast with Bacon and Maple Syrup, or just a pastry all washed down with tea or coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Pulcinella
Outside Pulcinella - Picture Courtesy of Pulcinella's Website


Lunch (served between midday and 4pm) is an informal affair and might consist of a choice of Antipasti, followed by Polpette (meat balls), Spezzatino (stew cooked in Barolo wine), sword fish or a steak. There are pasta dishes and pizzas suitable for vegetarians, meat and fish eaters, or you could just go for a salad or a sandwich.

Pulcinella
Inside Pulcinella


Come the evening, between 6pm and last orders around 11.15, the experience is more one of fine dining. You might fancy an antipasto of Caprino (almond rolled goat's cheese served with basil pesto and a golden beetroot and watercress salad) or Capesante (seared scallops, prosecco and saffron sauce with a lemon risotto cake). To follow you could opt for a pasta or risotto. How about Tagliatelle with broad beans, shallots, rocket, mint, parmesan and pecorino cheese, Pappardelle with rabbit ragu, crispy pancetta, leeks and sage or a Risotto Nero cooked with squid ink, crayfish and grilled baby squid? These can be served as starters or main courses.

For a main course could you be tempted with Twice cooked pork belly with caramelised apple, shallots and a red wine jus, a Pan fried fillet of sea bass with braised fennel, potatoes, capers, butter and a wine sauce, or Pan fried calves liver with butter and sage, mashed potato and spinach?

Pulcinella
A Secluded Table


Of course there are desserts for those who still have room left. You can also feed your little ones from a special children's two course menu, including a drink and ice cream. Wines are available by the bottle and the glass. The menu is changed twice a year, there are daily specials and the chef is happy to accommodate diners with special dietary needs. The restaurant can accommodate 85 people at a time.

During the summer months between 6pm and 11pm Church Street is closed to traffic on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and between 10am and 8pm on Sundays. Tables are laid in the streets, and there is Al Fresco dining.

Pulcinella must be doing something right to have remained in business for all these years. Why not try their food for yourself? You can book a table via their website, as well as by phone.

See also Church Street
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Why? To fill that hole in your stomach between 9am and 11pm
When: 09.00-23.00 7 days a week
Where: 36/37 Church Street Twickenham TW1 3NR
Cost: 1.70 for an espresso, between 8.50 and 15.00 for a main course and around 8 for a plate of past or a pizza.
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