Pala

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Pizza Place and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Katie G.
    "Amazing gluten free pizza and regular food is great too!!"(13 Tips)
    Mark T.
    "The Bufala Negra cocktail is amazing."(4 Tips)
    Analee K.
    "Zucca pizza + any lemon-y cocktail = heaven"(3 Tips)
    rebecca r.
    "try the arancina (risotto balls)!"(4 Tips)
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  • Anastasia T.
    Anastasia TApril 30
    Do not order a pasta, it's awful. Pizza on regular crust tastes like a pie. Strange place
  • Guillermo V.
    The truffle mushrooms pizza is amazing! And all is gluten free and also many vegan options!
  • Graham H.
    Graham HughesNovember 19, 2016
    Bearded waiter needs v unpleasant and uptight
  • Winn O.
    Winn ODonnellSeptember 26, 2016
    Such good gluten free pizza including gluten free pizza with dairy free cheese. 2 legit.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 11, 2016
    Pala has a separate gluten free pizza menu that features crust which doesn't taste like cardboard. A vegan menu offers toppings that could easily go head to head with any well-respected dairy pie. Read more
  • Stefanie K.
    Stefanie KahnJune 24, 2016
    Pizza, salad, dessert - it was all amazing! Gluten free and regular - we got it all!
  • Aminah A.
    Aminah Abdul-MajeedMarch 11, 2016
    Zucca pizza is delicious!
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 20, 2015
    Vastly overrated. Don't order the Inferno -- they cook everything BUT the meat (which tastes like room temp lunch meat). Flabbergasted as to why this is so highly rated... ? 
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaJune 14, 2015
    Great for a casual date night
  • Mike T.
    Mike TaylorMarch 6, 2015
    Great gluten free spot. Pizza pasta everything can be done gluten free!
  • pablco
    pablcoMarch 5, 2015
    recommended by laura, the pizzas are really good
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuDecember 14, 2014
    So many vegetarian options here! Some of the best pasta I've had has been here
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BlakeDecember 13, 2014
    Go here if you absolutely need gluten free pizza in the les. It's really good. The service is shit and the atmosphere will make you feel like you're sitting in a very uncomfortable chair.
  • Sarah
    SarahNovember 14, 2014
    Best dairy free pizza I've found so far.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PowersOctober 19, 2014
    Extremely accomadating for vegans, gf, and all allergy sensitive dinners.
  • Grishma G.
    Grishma GovaniOctober 7, 2014
    Ivette and risotto balls...
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SuchoffSeptember 18, 2014
    Some of the best gluten free and vegan pizza I've ever had. Try the uvette pizza. Don't miss out on the gf/vegan double chocolate cake. Delicious!!
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FoscoAugust 18, 2014
    Great beer and (real) italian pizza with gluten-free option for every flavor. Also, incredibly friendly staff.
  • Rick M.
    Rick MeachamAugust 9, 2014
    Pizza and service were great .
  • Cole S.
    Cole SigmonAugust 2, 2014
    Been all over the city best Gluten free pizza by a land slide, but drinks are really sugary.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MirandaJune 29, 2014
    This place has the most incompetent staff and management. Probably the worst service experience I've had in ny to-date
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordJune 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the zucca pizza here is ridiculously good.
  • KarenEliana S.
    KarenEliana Salinas😇June 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the broccolina glutenfree pizza. SO GOOD!
  • Analee K.
    Analee KasudiaMay 25, 2014
    Zucca pizza + any lemon-y cocktail = heaven
  • Sara
    SaraMay 4, 2014
    Delicious vegan, gluten-free pizza. Not an oxymoron! AND regular ole pizzas too...
  • Lou C.
    Lou ChiorazziApril 29, 2014
    Great Roman style pizza and lamb chops awesome
  • Jerry T.
    Jerry TroianoApril 21, 2014
    Since Viva Herbal closed, this is the best downtown vegan pizza alternative. More pricey than a by-the-slice pizza joint, but totally worth it.
  • Fit Chick in The City
    GF vegan Etna pizza is so good!
  • @soyrev
    @soyrevMarch 21, 2014
    the gluten-free, dairy-free pizza I just had felt like a genuine miracle
  • Agnel S.
    Agnel SfeirMarch 16, 2014
    Simply put, place is overrated.
  • RJ
    RJMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Gluten Free options, like rice balls!
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HoockMarch 3, 2014
    The best GF pizza around! I'm obsessed!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RohinskyFebruary 21, 2014
    A bit overpriced, especially the wine servings, but the pizza is delicious!! The gluten free crust is better than the regular. Service is meh, but must try for GF folks.
  • Diana
    DianaJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing gluten free pizza. Great wine and cocktail selections. Nice atmosphere with groups or on your own at the bar. Friendly wait staff.
  • martha d.
    martha dentonDecember 31, 2013
    The gluten free pizza is awesome! New bartender Terrence is fast, efficient, knowledgeable and super nice.
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 7, 2013
    Try the Funghi e Salsiccia Pizza - #vegan sausage, mushrooms, Daiya cheese, hot pepper, and a generous amount of truffle oil
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 7, 2013
    Try the Polpette - #vegan meatballs Bursting with flavor! It's like heaven in my mouth.
  • Alicia
    AliciaDecember 7, 2013
    Try the Caponata - #vegan perfect combination of eggplant, red peppers, capers, seasoning and other vegetables.
  • Annie C.
    Annie ChouDecember 5, 2013
    Butternut squash and pancetta on a pizza? YES. Get the Zucca.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LichtensteinOctober 20, 2013
    Management are rude. They rushed 7 of us eating while celebrating a birthday. we had a reservation but told us 2hr 15m was too long to stay. Will never come back.
  • Corey B.
    Corey BrownSeptember 21, 2013
    Here's a tip, don't go yo pala
  • Eden P.
    Eden Pascual ArceSeptember 16, 2013
    Pretty expensive for a small bowl of spaghetti.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HallSeptember 1, 2013
    Overpriced, underwhelming
  • Elijah B.
    Elijah BilottaAugust 29, 2013
    Great gluten free pizza! I will be back.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 19, 2013
    Our go-to spot for amazing gluten-free pizza, especially the Etna. There's a ton of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu as well, all of which are delicious.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SmithAugust 15, 2013
    Great gluten-free pizza, pasta, appetizers, and dessert. Gluten-free beer also available. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • Janice S.
    Janice SwannerAugust 6, 2013
    Great gluten free food!
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GeigerJuly 27, 2013
    Great food but service was slow.
  • Brooke S.
    Brooke SimmonsJuly 26, 2013
    Food was fantastic!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaplanJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Turn the menu over and order from the vegan side. You will not be sorry. (Especially If you get the funghi e salaiccia pie)
  • David O.
    David O.June 30, 2013
    Love the taste of good traditional NYC Pizza like Lombardi or even the relatively new Nicoletta ? Stay away, this place is not for you.
  • matthew m.
    matthew mJune 23, 2013
    If your waiter looks like carlos d formerly of interpol, tip heavy.
  • Emma K.
    Emma KirkmanMay 29, 2013
    Amazing pizza place. Look at the back of your menu for vegan and dairy free options. Gluten free dough too! Topped off by brilliant service.
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon MartinMay 11, 2013
    As an experienced diner here, the pizza Bianca is not worth it - crust scraps (a minute amount at best) and sauce for $3. Used to get a plate full for free!
  • Mehdi M.
    Mehdi MollahasaniApril 21, 2013
    Really great food but wasn't impressed with a sip of wine for $10.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyApril 8, 2013
    Their pizzas are fantastic here but make sure to MAKE RESERVATIONS! This place is always packed (and for good reason). Read more
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveMarch 1, 2013
    Nice food, rude flippant staff that can't break protocol or be influenced by common sense. Too bad.
  • Katie G.
    Katie GJanuary 25, 2013
    The food and service are great. Amazing gluten free pizza and regular food is great too!!
  • Fadia K.
    Fadia KaderJanuary 11, 2013
    Start with the Arancina Risotto balls! Try the blueberry Mojito as well! And everything on the menu can be prepared GLUTEN FREE
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DolyakOctober 3, 2012
    The gluten free fried calamari is delish!!!!!!!
  • Chrissy
    ChrissyAugust 31, 2012
    Golden beet, ginger and pecorino salad
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOAugust 16, 2012
    Caipiroska: Absolut Pear, cucumbers, lime, simple syrup. So simple, so light, so refreshing. I don’t frequent flavored vodka very often...but it was love at first sip. Read more
  • Ciara G.
    Ciara GAugust 6, 2012
    arancini and bucatini, until we meet again
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergJune 8, 2012
    Try the Brocolli & Sausage Ravioli In Cherry Tomato Sauce - Excellent homemade pasta here. This was a special, but I bet they're all good.
  • Victoria "Vix" R.
    Victoria "Vix" ReitanoMay 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best gluten-free/dairy-free! So accommodating and great drinks!
  • Barbara G.
    Waitstaff have weird attitude. May not be back.
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerApril 23, 2012
    Great place! Everything is real good: the interior design, the service and most important the food!
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TarrMarch 15, 2012
    Gave up on The Meatball Shop. Pizza here is amazing!
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MisitiDecember 11, 2011
    great pizza + cocktails
  • Eric S.
    Eric SilverNovember 20, 2011
    If your friend/crush/friend is glutten-free, bring him/her here. Have two kitchens: one for wheat, one wheat-free. They will love you.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WendtNovember 4, 2011
    Fuck this place. Told me they don't take reservations. Showed up and they said they were booked. Four open tables in sight. And they don't take reservations??
  • Amber R.
    Amber R.October 11, 2011
    Get anything with mozzarella, it's delicious!
  • Marisa T.
    Marisa TomAugust 15, 2011
    Vegan-friendly! I sat at the bar and the service was fast, efficient, and the food was equally commendable. I had the gnocchi... but would go back for a proper pizza.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HyatAugust 11, 2011
    Get the Belge Salad it's delicious
  • Dylan N.
    Dylan NordJuly 10, 2011
    ive had better GF pizza but maybe not in the city, def not in the area. check it out
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CMay 30, 2011
    The Bufala Negra is like drinking an alcoholic salad
  • Erin
    ErinApril 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten free pizza crust is the way to go. And Patatosa pizza always. Also, don't forget the arancini to start
  • Abilene H.
    Abilene HarperApril 2, 2011
    Great great pizza.... But we had to wait... For a while :(
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FisherMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The gluten free Zucca is amazing!!
  • MarniSalup
    MarniSalupFebruary 27, 2011
    Try the Inferno Pizza!
  • Alina L.
    Alina LandryFebruary 21, 2011
    Really fantastic gluten free really yummy pizza and pasta and more
  • Esther L.
    Esther LeibelFebruary 13, 2011
    Great quality, the pizza ingredients (especially mozzarella and prosciutto) were really fresh! Service a bit slow, though.
  • Demetrius B.
    Demetrius BagleyJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can easily catch a movie at Sunshine, then vegan yumminess
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizJanuary 22, 2011
    The arancina risotto balls will leave you licking your lips
  • RP Z.
    RP ZDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible gluten free pizza crust. Great toppings (had butternut squash parmagiana topping). Arancini (rice balls), tomato rice soup all delicious. Pasta, almost everything can be GF.
  • rebecca r.
    rebecca r.November 27, 2010
    try the arancina (risotto balls)!
  • carla
    carlaSeptember 15, 2010
    I'd recommend the Parma pizza but found out tonight they took it off the menu. The Bufala Cruda w prosciutto is pretty awesome too!
  • ash
    ashJuly 30, 2010
    Due to the previous tips, I tried the bufala negra - tastes I'm like drinking bread and vinegar, do not make the same mistake we did!
  • Ronan C.
    Ronan ConwayJune 17, 2010
    a great place if you like waiting an hour and a half for overpriced mediocre pizza. we were one of three tables in the restaurant, there's no excuse for that.
  • Sergio P.
    Sergio Ponce de LeonApril 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome contemporary italian pizzeria that provides vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options. The Fungata and the Etna are two of the pizzas I would recommend. The style is for everyone to share.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin ThompsonMarch 3, 2010
    Calamari is really great.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TabryFebruary 4, 2010
    The Bufala Negra cocktail is amazing. Bourbon, ginger ale, 25 yr balsamic vinegar, and basil.
  • Cameron F.
    Cameron FrantzJanuary 19, 2010
    Their gluten free pizzas are the best here, I recommend the bufala cruda with prosciutto. Read more
  • Jena S.
    Jena SteinbachJanuary 17, 2010
    Order the Etna pizza: eggplant, tomatos, ricotta salata. Delish.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BeauchampJanuary 5, 2010
    Our go to dinner place when we are in the neighborhood,and sometimes when not.LOVE the pizza,fabulous wine list,and superb service! Oh and great desserts as well! Also great w/veg &gluten free options
  • Steven L.
    Steven LehrburgerMay 24, 2009
    Go to Pala and order a Bufala Negra (cocktail), because it's made with basamic vinegar, and is thus awesome.
  • dorothy
    dorothyMarch 14, 2009
    acetaia pumpkin pizze: pizza like you've never had it before
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