198 Allen St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722491 -73.988680
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
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Good Group Location – My students and I met at Pala for dinner in late September. There were 24 of us and the restaurant was more than willing to fit us in. We ordered the calamari and the risotto. The calamari was a bit bland, but the risotto was a winner with the table. They were perfectly fried and served with a simple tomato sauce.
If you have a large group the restaurant requires that you order food in advance--that makes perfect sense, but it was a bit tough making choices for 24 people a week before hand. Basically, I ended up ordering 11 feet of 9 different pizzas. I was able to sample four and they were all good. Some of the students who were less adventurous didn't like the pumpkin pizza, but most enjoyed all that they had. The 3 cheese and pancetta was enormously successful as was the zucchini.
The service was good. We were a large group, but the staff did a nice job with drinks. An earlier review mentioned the owner's brusk manner and I did catch a glimpse of that, but it was only brief. I think my group really was pleased with the service and atmosphere.
So, I'm recommending Pala' for small or large group dining. The price is good and the pizza is yummy. It's good for open air dining and has some personality. Just be aware that you HAVE to have cash or an AmEx.
Simply The Best Pizza ANYWHERE! – Pala has become a favorite destination for my friends and I for every occasion! I can't describe the overwhelming cravings I get now for their amazing zucca pizza, or the spinach salad. The wine list appeals to everyone and is quite reasonable. Be sure to try the red lambrusco or the proseco. Nothing beats sitting outdoors, or in their cozy but airy space on a nice autumn evening. There's a very comfortable vibe all around, and the staff is extremely friendly and attentive. It's definitely worth every minute of the drive in all the way from the outer boroughs!
Great Find, Delicously Simple, Rude Female Manager/Owner – I have visited Pala a few times and thoroughly enjoyed the simple menu, wonderful roman style pizzas, simple antipasti, great wines, wonderful italian waitstaff. However my whole experience has been ruined by the female manager/owner who was so rude when we asked her a question that we felt as though we should not return. I feel that it's such ashame that she does not care enough about her own customers; that's what has compelled me to write this review. I am hoping she will get the message and turn herself around.
Something New! – A friend of mine told me I had to try this place. I trekked across town because he wouldn't stop bothering me. Well, I gotta say it was worth it. It wasn't too pricey and it was definitely a unique taste that I haven't had before. Maybe i was just really hungry because of the walk but I had a good time and would recommend anyone who hasn't tried this place to try it!
PALA PIZZA: 12 INCHES OF HEAVEN – What do you get when you mix an Italian and a Puerto Rican? It's definitely not the opening line of a bad joke, or West Side Story for that matter. In actuality, it's the beginning of some pretty amazing, fabulous, sold by the foot, mouth watering, gourmet, 9-12 types of organic flour, two-five days to rise, words can't even describe pizza/italian spot with the best wine I've ever had! Add to that a friendly, attentive staff and you have yourself a win-win situation!
Yeah, yeah, yeah...good pizza shops in New York City are as ubiquitous as Korean nail spots. Everyone and their mother has their claim to fame pizza spot, whether it's one of "Ray's Famous (or a variation thereof)" forty seven locations, John's brick oven, Grimaldi's in Brooklyn or Patsy's. As a native New Yorker, I've been there and done that. Trust me when I tell, you've never had Pizza with a capital P, quite like this.
Highlights for now (as we intend to go back to try the entire menu) include the antipasti, Zucca pizza (pumpkin,pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese) , bufala cruda pizza, baccala fritters, Fiori di Zucca (zucchini blossoms filled with buffalo mozzarella and anchioves) and you have got to try the Red Lambrusco or their white Prosecco wine. The night I was there, I went with a couple of heads, one who was a wine drinker and one who wasn't. By the end of the night, the non-wine drinker had been converted by the power of the Lambrusco (three and a half bottles I might add)! Think excellent red wine served chilled with a slight bit of effervescence (and no, not the wine cooler type). I digress...
Pala, 198 Allen Street, between Houston and Stanton Streets (212-614-7252)
P.S. Big ups to Edena and Gigio for taking three years to bring you the best pizza you're about to have!
Wopie Doo – Went here for my friend Stephenie's bday. I just love their pizzas and is definately a hot spot. We were 20 people in all and ordered 7 fam size pizzas which desapeared precicely in 2 mins. haha.
Perfect for large parties – We had a birthday party for my husband and a friend at Pala last night. The owners and staff could not have been any nicer to deal with from planning to excecution. They made suggestions about what food and how much to order, wine, dessert, etc. They were extremely accomodating on every level and the food was delicious. Appetizer standouts were the meatballs and arancini and the salad with baby spinach, pears and gorgonzola was excellent. With all of the pizza options there was something for everyone and the wine list was very reasonable. The rustic decor is simple and stylis--I would recommend that anyone planning a casual dinner party consider Pala.
HOW A PIZZA SLICE IS MEANT TO BE !! – i cannot say this is a restaurant nor that it is just a pizza place.
this spot is really high quality and you can either stop for a fast slice of pizza or you can sit and have some delicious apetizer befor your pizza comes.
i love the decor too and the matching with the wine.
i makes me feel like am visiting southern italy again.
Best (authentic Roman) pizza in the East Village. Great atmosphere! – I love the people that run this place and more importantly the food they make. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. Tasty and the wine list is impressive. The atmosphere reminds me of one of my favorite places in Italy, relaxed and a lot of good food. The prices are fair and the appetizers are worth trying as well. They do excellent fritti this side of the Atlantic!
Actually we had our small wedding reception here at the big table with about 14 people. Went to City Hall on friday afternoon, did the marriage and headed here for the food. So, yes, we love this place!
I love this place! – Felt like a mix between Rome and NYC - fantastic! Amazing pizza and salads. Service was a bit slow, but still friendly. Very cool atmosphere - perfect for dinner outside on a hot summer night. Highly recommended.
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