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Pala

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198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Between Houston and Stanton Streets)
F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
212-614-7252
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout
Description: Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken...
Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this Lower East Side pizza restaurant. Chef/Owner Gigio Palazzo creates oblong Roman pies made with your choice of an ORGANIC MULTIGRAIN Crust or GLUTEN FREE crust. Pala is known for fresh, innovative pies such as "Zucca" pumpkin puree, pancetta and smoked scamorza cheese and "Bufala Cruda" oven melted cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and whole basil leaves. Pizzas are served on long wooden "Pala's" or pizza peels and are excellent for sharing in groups. In addition to pizzas, Palazzo serves up homemade specialties like "arancini" and "fiori di zucca" not to mention an impressive list of salads, pastas and desserts. **NEW GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Pala.
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    Very good
  • 8
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Pizza Ever!!

A very bold statement but myself and my husband both agreed that this was one of the best pizzas we have ever had (and yes, we have been to Italy). I had a pizza with prosciutto and mozzarella and my husband had one with lamb sausage on. The reason i marked this place down was because the service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2015
Joanne T
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London, United Kingdom
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New York City, New York
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My girlfriend is vegan and I trying to surprise her or plan a dinner date has always been a bit difficult for me. She knows all the best vegan restaurants so there goes the surprise, and I am not a vegan, so I end up having to be the adventurous one (not that I complain, I am a foodie and... More 

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Thank AndresJumanji
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We found this place when coming back to our rented flat after a long day site seeing. The menu is very accommodating for gluten free people. I've ordered a pizza and at first I wanted to change the buffala mozzarella for their dairy free "cheese" option (just to try it out) but they are strict with menu changes and that... More 

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Thank Bom Bom P
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

There are plenty of pizza restaurants in NYC, but to find a gluten free pizza that tastes unbelievable is another thing. The pasta dishes were equally great. We started with the delicious lamb chops and artichoke salad. The salad was the weakest part of the meal. The pizzas we had were Acetaia, Tartufona, and Zucca. They were all great and... More 

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Thank JBentraveler
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

They have excellent gluten free pizza options as well as appetizers that I would not necessarily expect to be gluten free. Great place if you want a tasty gluten free pizza in the city.

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Thank EvilIncarnate
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I ordered vegan Broccolini pizza. The sauce and the toppings were so good! The crust was marvelous! Even I forgot about the cheese at all! It was so good without the cow cheese for real. My friend ordered vegan Etna pizza. He seemed not enjoying it, but heck I didn't care. I loved my pizza! He liked my pizza better.... More 

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Thank FunThrillingSeeker
Auckland
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

It was late at night when we stumbled across this food place in the area we stayed. Fantastic and caring staff. Good food options, particularly for people wanting healthier options in NYC. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank lilsmit
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A very bold statement but myself and my husband both agreed that this was one of the best pizzas we have ever had (and yes, we have been to Italy). I had a pizza with prosciutto and mozzarella and my husband had one with lamb sausage on. The reason i marked this place down was because the service was very... More 

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Thank Joanne T
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Wonderful little East Village restaurant that's a close walk to/from Soho. My daughter has dairy and gluten intolerances and Pala is extremely accommodating. This is one of the restaurants in NYC my daughter feels totally comfortable eating at. The GF pasta is excellent, as is the calamari appetizer. Hard to believe that one was GF! It was sooooo good. This... More 

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Thank jacllb04
Maine
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very friendly server, and a good hostess! And the gluten free crust is great. We got two pizzas and took one back to where we were staying to have for breakfast. We chose the Pizza Valtellina $22 Bresaola, arugula, parmigiano cheese, truffle oil, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and the Broccolina $20 Pork sausage, sauteed broccoli, braised fennel, shaved potatoes... More 

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Thank steph1
Bristol, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I think the only reason to eat here is if you're desperate for a gluten-free pizza. It's small and trendy but overpriced for what it is. Yes, it's Manhattan but $14 for a very small glass of wine is extortionate no matter where in the world. The pizza was good, the chilli oil could have done with some actual chillies... More 

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Thank Michelle G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002
    (Between Houston and Stanton Streets)
  • Public Transportation: F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-614-7252

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this Lower East Side pizza restaurant. Chef/Owner Gigio Palazzo creates oblong Roman pies made with your choice of an ORGANIC MULTIGRAIN Crust or GLUTEN FREE crust. Pala is known for fresh, innovative pies such as "Zucca" pumpkin puree, pancetta and smoked scamorza cheese and "Bufala Cruda" oven melted cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and whole basil leaves. Pizzas are served on long wooden "Pala's" or pizza peels and are excellent for sharing in groups. In addition to pizzas, Palazzo serves up homemade specialties like "arancini" and "fiori di zucca" not to mention an impressive list of salads, pastas and desserts. **NEW GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Pala.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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