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Permanently Closed - Pala

4.2
699 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (737)
  • Good for Groups (517)

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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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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PatE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

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.

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GFguest (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2017

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

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MicheleC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

awesome all around. will definitely be returning soon.

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vipDJinJAX (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

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Celiyak (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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vipstacys (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

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.

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JennyCeliac (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2017

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2017

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.

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vipStevenAm (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

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

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Nkb1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

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.

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vipGHern (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2016

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.

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vipGlutenFreeButLoveToEat (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

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.

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AussieTexan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2016

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.

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vipYourebay (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Lovely place, amazing pizza and drinks!

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vipMademoiselleMode (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Service needs work. Staff not friendly nor good.
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