Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pala Pizza

This blog post is well overdue and I apologize for that.  I recently had the opportunity to dine with my former roommate, her sister, and her sister's friend, both of whom I had heard so much about and was very excited to meet.  I was the first in our party to arrive and was immediately welcomed by the maitre'd who offered me a seat at the bar while I awaited my company.  Before my former roomie Katie arrived I connected with Maggie and Adele; it was great to meet them after hearing so many great things about them from Katie.  While we waited for Katie we took our seats and peered over the extensive gluten free menu.

Once Katie arrived we dove in to ordering and were assured by our waiter that we were not going overboard in our ordering.  We decided to start with the Arancini, a plate of fried risotto balls filled with spinach and mozzarella cheese and made it in a dedicated gluten free fryer.  It's rare that I stumble across a gluten free fryer so I knew I had to order up something that was fried to take full advantage of the opportunity.

For our entrées we ordered a smorgasbord of food.  For pasta we ordered the Tonnarelli, prepared with fusilli pasta, porcini mushrooms, parmigiano cheese, parsley and rosemary.  For our pizza selection we ordered a Bufala Cruda, made with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato sauce; a Fungata, prepared with porcini, portebello and shitake mushrooms, and assorted cheeses; and finally a Spinaci topped with spinach, ricotta, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and garlic.

Not too shabby of an order, eh?  Needless to say, we did quite a number on the pizzas and pasta leaving barely any to take home.  I think the best part of my meal was hearing each of the girls say that they couldn't differentiate the gluten free pizza from gluten-filled pizzas they had eaten in the past.  The crust was delicious, flavorful, and unlike many of the overly crunchy and thin gluten free pizzas that I often encounter.  Hearing the girls' positive reviews of the pizza at Pala was like listening to a symphony of Britney Spears songs: pure bliss.

I loved everything about Pala, from the superb waitstaff, delicious food, and unique options available to gluten free eaters; perhaps best of all was the wonderful company.  I can't wait to go back to Pala and explore the enormous gluten free menu... I already have my eye on a few options for my next visit!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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198 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002 (Map)

1 comment:

CeliALISON said...

WOW that looks good - remind me to go there next time I make it down to NY! (Hoping for April!)