Pulcinella gives metro Denver another try

Despite an ambitious menu, Pulcinella didn't do well in downtown Denver, and the restaurant at 1800 Lawrence Street shut down in January 2009 (its former home is still available).

But now the northern Colorado chain is venturing back into the metro area, with a Pulcinella Pizzeria location at 1400 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village that opened last week. And this time, it's holding to the second word of its slogan: "Local. Simple. Real."

It's focusing on what it's done so well with since its owner, Tony Race, a native of Naples, opened the first Pulcinella back in 1991: pizza, and only pizza, available by the slice and in whole pies, to eat in or take-out.

Or have delivered, if you live close to the two locations in Fort Collins or the store at 385 Crossing Drive in Lafayette.

Delivery might be an option in Cherry Hills Village, too, after this location gets going. But in the meantime, it's open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. (noon on Sunday) to close. And in a welcome development for the neighborhood, which doesn't have a lot of dining options, Pulcinella also features a full-service wine bar.

For more information, call 303-761-9917.

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