Pala

(212) 614-7252 | View Website

198 Allen St, New York, NY | Directions   10002

40.722491 -73.988680

Open Hours

Monday To Thursday From 04:00 PM To 12:00 AM Friday From 04:00 PM To 01:00 AM Saturday From 12:00 PM To 01:00 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 12:00 AM

 
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More Tags: Family Style Dining, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Outdoor Dining

Cuisine: Pizza

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown

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Menu
Arancini, Polpette, Funghi Al Tartufo, Caponata, Calamari, Patatini, Costine di Agnello, Formaggio Fritto, Rapa, Quinoa... more

Reviews for Pala

Pala
Recommends

Pizza by the foot in a garage style open air space on Allen Street. Try the Arancini & Popplette along with your Etna Pizze.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Food for Vegans & Non-Vegans...that's it! – Pala has a whole vegan and non-vegan menu which makes it a great place for everyone. Their pizza is amazing!

Hands down best vegan pie I have ever had.

Their “Funghi & Salsiccia Pizza” is so tasty even non-vegan’s that dined with me loved it! Oh and they offer gluten free dough as well.

Now, I can't say enough how great the pizza is.



I must make a complaint…or two.

They tend to have a weird obsession with seating people right next to each other, despite the fact that the restaurant is empty. This has happened to me on several separate occasions wherein there was just a handful of customers and they will not allow you to be seated wherever you would like…instead they make sure to seat you right next to the only other table in the whole place. Oh and the tables are about 10 inches apart from one another.

My other complaint is I have dined here several times, within weeks to months apart and their bathroom is always dirty and very unkempt. Poorly maintained is a severe understatement. Since my first time dining here they still have yet to repair the lock on the door of the only restroom in the place. Never napkins or soap either.

My suggestion, take your pizza to go!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The only pizza worth eating – There simply is no crust like the pizza crust at Palà's. None. I've had many pizzas over the years and this tops them all. As my 16 year old neighbor put it, after tasting a cold left over slice I had brought uptown with me, "it's ridiculous"...in his language this means "it's so good, it's just ridiculous...no words can describe it."

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Pizza to die for?! – pizza, home made pasta. gluten free food!!

yes I agree! last years manager was omg a mooonster, it's true, i remember her. But, she is not there any more thank god.. done! she get fired she's OUT. BRAVO! and the place once again is amazing. Gigio the chef and owner of Pala it is such great guy and great cook. as well the ther kitchen staff. the service people now are very nice and the pizza it is to die for. as well the antipasto, oh don't forget the deserters which are made all at Pala freshly almost every other day. YEAH!!!

i was there 3 times the past month.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wow!!! – I have been to Pala` Pizza and had a great experience. The food was great, I reluctantly tried the all wheat pasta with tomato sauce (I was with friends and they wanted to have pizza and something else) and it was amazing. The pizzas are soooo different from anything you could find around... I loved the crust which, again is not common in NY. I found them also easily digestible. But the dessert was what surprised me the most.... over all a great find and the ambience was very interesting mix.

I loved it.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Now New Yorkers can wolf down spectacular pizzas as they would in Rome. – The Scene
Though not particularly fancy--a display counter showcases premade pizzas and antipasti--the interior achieves homey chic with broad wooden tables and a display wall of wine. Service has a knowledgeable Italian accent.

The Food
It's imperative to save room for the pizza, so start light with a salad of greens, artichokes and generous shavings of parmigiana. But onto the pizza: Commendations go to both the crust--crisped on the bottom with many interior air bubbles, like a less dense version of focaccia--and the cheese--so rich, it's hard to focus on anything else. In the Ubriaca, the namesake cheese (fermented in wine) lends its drunken sweetness to toppings of pancetta, mozzarella and parsley for a truly unique flavor. Scamorza adds smokey undertones to the Zucca, topped with pumpkin and more top-notch pancetta; while the montasio and mozzarella plays off a walnut paste in the Montasio. A gelato and espresso make for a fitting finale.

High Marks
"The staff was amazing and the pizza tastes like a slice of Italy. Come hungry and with no preconceived notions about pizza you've tasted before." (pgaveau, Citysearch user)

"Felt like a mix between Rome and NYC - fantastic! Amazing pizza and salads!" (design_girl8, Citysearch user)

"Nothing beats sitting outdoors, or in their cozy but airy space on a nice autumn evening." (e2, Cityserach user)

Low Marks
"Heaven and hell co-habitate in Pala....[it was the] most tense and uncomfortable enviornment..." (Nukemsu, Citysearch user)

"Space is slightly boring though, and you'll come across a wait unless you luck out." (kheffernan, Citysearch user)

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Such a shame the food is SO good but the manager is SO nasty – I was so excited to take my friend out to Pala for his 25th birthday after all of the wonderful things I heard about. The food certainly lived up to my expectations and the outdoor ambience of the LES, provided by the open street front. gave the place a great energy. The mixed drinks were well prepared and the gnocchi was out of this world. The pizza is what this place is really known for and between The Inferno and the Cheese with Truffle oil I was in heaven.

Though don't be fooled...heaven and hell co-habitate in Pala. Never did I ever anticipate that my friends would be eating in one of the most tense and uncomfortable enviornments I have ever experienced in my 6 years of New York City dining. Simply put...the manager was a MONSTER. She treated her staff worse than a mix between Cruella DeVille and Cinderella's stepmother...barking at them in front of customers, threatening their jobs, and huffing and puffing around the establishment. This shocked my friends and I considering we watched her act like Dinah Lohan getting herself privately drunk at the corner bar where she hid out taking drink after drink after drink.

Upon further exploration the waitstaff told horror stories that made Anna Wintour look like Mother Teresa. This manager's attitude played such an awful part in our experience that we spent the rest of the evening coming up with different ways that we could tell her off. Unfortunately, we lost track of how good the actual place was because of the evil creature running it. As a result I DO NOT RECOMMEND Pala if you are looking for a place to eat in comfort but rather if you embrace cruelty and heightened tension. Nothing would please me more to see this manager locked in a lion cage wearing Pala's delicious foods...not only would it satiate the lions? hunger but bring peace back to this cozy LES treasure.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

YUM! – The pizza is amazing. It's different from any other pizza I've had. The crust is soft and melts in your mouth. The toppings are perfect. The wine list is good. And it turns out that on Mon-Thurs they have an AWESOME two person dinner deal: split a salad, 1 foot pizza, 1 dessert, and two glasses of wine for $35. Great casual date place.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Tasty Pizzes in a Relaxed, Lounge-like Setting – Four members of Meetup's New York City Thrifty Gourmets group and I field-tested Pala this past Tuesday night. FOOD: The fried calimari had a tasty, spicy coating, but the seafood itself was almost tough. The dollops of goat cheese on the zucchina pizze were fresh and flavorful, but the flavors of its other ingredients were not distinctive. The thin slices of soppresetta on the inferno pizze were fresh and peppery, perhaps too much so. Their tanginess overwhelmed the flavors of the other ingredients. The zucca pizze was the outstanding dish of the evening. The smoky richness of the scamorza melded perfectly with the saltiness of the pancetta. A bite of this pizze reminded me of a delicious ham & cheese omelet on a thin slice of toast made from fine bread. SERVICE: Our reservation, made through OpenTable, was honored, we were greeted warmly, and our table was set up in advance of our arrival. The restaurant appeared understaffed, though, as servers were scrambling to cover the tables. Our server attended to us infrequently. ATMOSPHERE: The restaurant had the feel of a slightly cramped, but not crowded, lounge with low lighting and 80s and 90s dance music in the background. The restroom was messy but acceptably clean. VALUE: Calimari appetizer+three shared pizzes+one beer+tax & tip=$22/person.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

pizza pala – this is the best pizza ever.. it is so fantastik, that's when you start eating, you forget to stop, and the homemade pasta it is unreal, omg those italian antipastos

forget about the huge selection of very good italian vino which is very affordable. and the staff always nice and friendly..

oh, don't forget to ask for the home made ice cream "by gigio"

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

What an experience!! – We went as a group and had a wonderful time. The appetizers were delicious and easy for sharing. The staff was amazing and THE PIZZA tastes like a slice of Italy. Come hungry and with no preconceived notions about pizza you've tasted before.

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