I tried their pumpkin, pancetta and scamorza pizza after reading about it on Daily Candy. What a huge disappointment. I ate slice after slice and literally could not believe that a pizza with such good credentials and potent ingredients could taste so bland. There was some nice graininess going on in the crust, but overall that part most closely resembled Domino's crust. (If you're into pumpkin and pancetta on your pizza, btw, Gonzo's runs rings around this one.)
This was absolutely the worst pizza I have had in ages. We spent $90 for 3 with two (smallish) pizzas and their cheapest bottle of wine - no appetizers, no desserts. The pizza was bland (the much vaunted pumpkin pizza and an anchovy/zucchini blossom combo) and required generous helpings of salt, pepper, and chili flakes to achieve anything resembling flavor. The pizza is essentially melted bread on cheese with little else going for it. We ended up joking that even the Domino's across the street would have been preferable (and significantly cheaper!).
Seriously, if you want better pizza in NYC, try Lombardi's, Grimaldi's, Otto....heck, even Two Boots.
Pala WAS HORRIBLE! DO NOT GO THERE! The pizza was bland, boring, greasy, hardly any flavor & looked like it was a middle Eastern lavash with basil leaves for $17 each! Everything was overpriced. The tables were too wide across from your opposite campanion. When my party of 3 entered they were playing bad eighties rock remixed to dance music, we asked them to change it & they put on the soundtrack to Wild Orchid!!! They should be ashamed of themselves! I recommend everybody to go to John's on Bleeker Street or Sac's on Broadway in Astoria or Grimaldi's in Brooklyn!
Food good but lost my appetite after our waitress...Olivia...approached us about giving her a larger tip, after already giving her well over the standard 15%. Never felt so disrespected. Will never go there again as long as she's working there.
198 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002