Permanently Closed - Pala

4.2
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699 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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. Palá 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. GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Palá.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Vegan
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Hours of operation
(Kitchen closes 30 mins prior)

Fall / Winter Hours:
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 11:30pm;
Friday - 4pm - 1am
Saturday - 12pm- 1am
Sunday -12pm- 11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 614-7252
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gigio Palazzo
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Private party facilities
The restaurant is available for large parties and private events for up to 60 people
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Houston and Stanton Streets
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available near the restaurant.
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Public transit
F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
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Special events & promotions
**NEW**
GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN Menu options available
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9
ambience
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for family event gathering with a varied menu to please vegan as well as basic Carnivors who love Italian food. Very noisy but also very friendly. Excellent service. Very creative interior and exterior design and seating.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delivious and made sharing and group dining easy even though our corcle has celiac and vegan folk. And the gluten free dough is amazing.

GF
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming space...excellent gluten-free pizza, pasta and dessert! Perfect service...LOVED it!!!!

KW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Gluten Free pizza in the city! Definitely worth a try :)

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good wine, good service. Closest GF pizza to regular I've had thus far!

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome all around. will definitely be returning soon.

DJ
Jacksonville
38 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a little cold. The food was great. Pizza both gluten free and wheat was perfect. They don't modify the menu items which I get but is a little rude.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My go-to restaurant for gluten-free pizza. Great drinks, appetizers and salads as well. Conveniently located across Houston from F 2nd Ave stop.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved eating at Pala. My wife enjoyed the food as well. We loved the vegan choices they have.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for Vegans, Vegetarians, Gluten-Free. But also has all the meat, cheese & pasta that you could want so everyone is happy!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

They need to cut down on their salt. I ordered the Parpadelle
Bolognese beef ragu with sundried tomatoes and parmigiano cheese. It was so salty I couldn't finish it. I also ordered a side of Brussels sprouts ..... so salty again, let the ingredients speak for themselves.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Pala has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I've celebrated birthdays, girls night out, and even my engagement there. I've been struggling with Pala the last two trips, and honestly, this was my last dinner there. The gluten free pizza crust is delicious, and that has definitely gotten better. But other than the service, which was outstanding, it was all very subpar. The calamari appetizer was good, but lacked flavor. The tomato sauce used to be noticeably homemade and delicious. This time, it seemed to be straight out of a jar. I ordered a GF vegan eggplant pizza. It was so saturated in oil, that the whole crust and my hands were covered in it. The eggplant was supposed to be sautéed but it seemed deep fried and super oily. My friend enjoyed her regular crust buffalo mozzarella pizza, but she also said it was a bit mushy. Lastly the signature cocktails are insanely small, and way overpriced. $14 for a couple of sips, not worth it. This place has gradually gotten more and more expensive I've noticed, yet the quality has been sacrificed. My friend enjoyed her dessert, but my vegan carrot cake was not good. Very weird texture and the frosting tasted like it was commercially made about a week ago. For $130+ bill (for two), it definitely wasn't worth it. The server whose name I wish I remembered was once again amazing. Other than that, very disappointed In Pala, I won't be returning.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The first time I went here, I had just wandered in off the street, and ever since I can't get enough! This is the first place I've found that does Gluten Free Fried Calamari, and it's absolutely delicious. Not to mention the pizza, which they are very good with making sure things stay Gluten Free. The cocktails are decent, and I don't really have any complaints!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great staff. Great service. Highly recommended!

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok but some of the dishes like the pasta and starters were definitely not value for money. Pizza and desert was good.

Took ages to get served (ended up being served by the bar man who was lovely); but the other main waiter was very rude and didnt seem to want to associate with us at all.

Good gluten free options but don't think I'd go back.

SA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't get here frequently, but always have a great time when we do. The food is delicious and the wine well priced.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best gluten free pizza I have had anywhere in the world, such an amazing find!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I have a gluten allergy and at this restaurant I don't have to think about it at all. My friends that aren't allergic to gluten even love this place. The food is excellent!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience dining at Pala. We were in a rush and the server was very accommodating and helped us get our food on the table in time. Great vegan options are also available.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Dishes done right. We took out our daughter and had pizza margarita with ham and spaghetti meatballs. That may sound simple but it doesn't do justice to how fresh and well done this was. There are more adventurous dishes so we'll try those when it's just my wife and I.

GH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything about Pala Pizza was great! Best gluten free pizza in town

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on the early side so wait staff were a little eager but pleasant. Salad was great gluten free pizza crust was good, but single glass of house wine seemed high. It was good but could be better.

GF
Birmingham
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! Everything was yummy! Would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite vegan pizza. Malbec hit the spot as well. Lovely experience. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

While I will say my friends and I very much enjoyed the food here, the service was TERRIBLE. I'm not one to usually ever write a bad review unless it requires. We didn't have to wait long for our table and were quickly seated and we liked the area of our table, however, our waiter was a douchebag. For example, we asked if they provided complimentary bread with the meal (like MOST Italian restaurants do) and he looked at us and said the pizza has enough bread we don't serve additional bread (with an attitude). We were only asking so we know what sort of appetizers to order. We go on to order the food (again food was delicious) and we ordered the sprouts and potato chips. After receiving our order of chips, we enjoyed them so much we asked for another order and they never brought it...night goes on and our check comes and the waiter says oh by the way sorry our credit card machine isn't working we're cash only and you should've seen the 2 signs on the door, THIS IS SOMETHING they should've told us before seating us....we never wouldn't came here....absolutely ridiculous service and he (again with his douchebag attitude) says oh there's an ATM a block away. My friend and I got the cash came back and paid. I will never ever recommend this place to anyone, i'm sorry as much as I enjoyed your food, the service was SO SO bad and there are way more restaurants in NYC for my friends and I to dine at, thanks but I'm not okay with being treated in a disrespectful manner while out with friends.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food - server with trimmed beard had a bad attitude. Felt like he didn't want to be there....or to have the hassle of dealing with customers.

AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely our favorite restaurant in New York! We original found this gem through searching for safe gluten free food for our kids who have celiac disease, but the atmosphere, friendly staff and deliciously different pizzas keep us coming back and bringing new friend. Everybody can eat well here whether you have no dietary restrictions and just love good pizza, or you need a place that can cope with food allergies, celiac disease, vegan or vegetarian ... everyone will be happy.

Y
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, amazing pizza and drinks!

MM
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

There is too much crust! It's like 30% of the pizza. Otherwise it's good.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service needs work. Staff not friendly nor good.
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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Pala several times, always with a friend interested in the Gluten Free menu. However, I would recommend even if it wasn't a dietary need for some. Food, service and ambiance are excellent and a good value.

BA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect for gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian... and "normal" food, especially pizza.

J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was great. Staff welcoming and attentive. Try the chocolate cake. You won't regret it... Phenomenal!

b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful pizza, cocktails, brussel sprouts, and the pizza is amazing.

DB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant makes me so happy. I don't have gluten issues, but I have friends who do. The gluten-free pizza is amazing--you'd never know it was gluten-free. I'm also not usually a fan of kale, but the kale salad was delicious. Finished off the night with a really tasty gluten-free carrot cake--again, it was so good, I don't know how they do it without wheat. Sadly, the AC was broken on a super-hot day, but they compensated with a free glass of prosecco, and the staff, who had to have been incredibly uncomfortable, could not have been any nicer. This was my third or fourth visit, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were everything I was told it would be! I'm gluten free and Italian, and have been in search of the ultimate gluten free pizza...its been found!

O
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food for all in our party, meat eaters, vegetarian and gluten free! We were a tough crowd to please and everyone loved their meal. Great service, very thoughtful servers who went out of their way to make everyone happy.

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, excellent service and excellent ambiance. outstanding and safe gluten free menu! best pizza in new york city. we live 2 hours north of nyc and always make it a stop on all our visits.

MP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good pizza
Only beer was not cold
Good service

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was amazing, but when the pizza came I was truly blown away. The best pizza I ever had!!!

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