A festive mural covers one wall of this cosy eatery named after the legendary clown-like fool of the commedia dell’arte, and the interior nails its trattoria colours to the mast with red gingham tablecloths, wood floors, earthy colours, Italian flags and globe lighting. Robust home cooking is the order of the day as the kitchen delivers a full contingent of antipasti, pastas, pizzas, grills and hefty main courses ranging from lamb’s liver veneziana cooked with onions and red wine to pollo firenze (baked chicken stuffed with prosciutto and cheese). Starters run from grilled sardines to polpettine al sugo (meatballs cooked with fresh basil), daily specials might bring tuna steak with couscous and lime dressing, while desserts are staples such as tiramisu. Pulcinella is also known for its warm considerate service. Set lunches and pre-theatre deals are a bargain.