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Pala

198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
212-614-7252
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Ranked #2,062 of 11,630 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Cuisines: Pizza
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Cross street: Between Houston and Stanton Streets
Transit: F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
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.
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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I am thinking this was not just an "off day" for the restaurant, staff, and food. I met friends there for lunch recently and from the moment we walked in there was a strange odor about the place. That was a turn-off immediately. My friend and I were shown to the rest room where the lighting was so poor you... More

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The place is original, I like the concept. The vegan menu is extremely good, lovely vegan cheese on pizzas and pasta! Love the Italian authentic flavours! Don't miss the vegan chocolate cake, one of the best I ever tasted!

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San Diego and New York City
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Whether you're gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, you will be able to enjoy a delicious meal here. Service is nice, bar is hopping too. There aren't many seats so I'd recommend making a reservation if you can. Portions aren't huge though so if you're a big eater keep that in mind ;-) They open up the front of the... More

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Stockholm
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Excellent gluten free menu!!! Great service! I can warmly recommend even the gluten free pizza did not get the highest score from us.

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Me and my girlfriend (who is gluten free) came here twice on our visit to the city, and they were great both times. Really great meals, and good service. They were wonderful about accounting for her food intolerances.

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Alexandria VA
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196 reviews 196 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My nephew and girlfriend recommended this little place in the east village for pizza. The pizzas were terrific - we got three pizzas for 5 of us and that was plenty. Imaginative and well executed toppings. Brick walls and other hard surfaces make it noisy, but it was Sat night so....I'm just a tad older than the prime demographic for... More

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Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Pals is known for its pizza, whether you're eating the real deal or the amazing gluten-free version. The pizza definitely lived up to all expectations, however the service and attitude was lacking. The menu is full of wonderful creations, whether you're looking for a nice pasta dish, amazing salad, or great thin crust pizza. There is also a gluten-free/dairy-free menu.... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The atmosphere was very good and the food was great, offering gluten free options. The flour less chocolate cake is worth ordering. The dinner was very good but the waiter messed up the payment of our bill which meant my friend spent the following day having to call the restaurant and the bank next day which was a shame.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My wife and I arrived in New York on a Saturday and after dropping our bags at the hotel, headed straight to Pala. Even though they were busy and we had not reserved a table staff were very accomodating and managed to fit us in. The food was great, we had the Etna and the Funghi E Salsiccia - which... More

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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Our group of two vegans and one omnivore all loved our food! The vegan broccolini pizza was very unique - shaved potato, shaved fennel, broccoli, and rosemary! The service was fantastic, despite the restaurant staying busy the whole time we were there! A great place I would return and bring more friends!

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