Iâ€™m on the road right now, researching my next edition of Frommerâ€™s Toronto. Over the next several weeks, Iâ€™ll be reporting on some of my finds in Toronto and southwestern Ontario. But right now, I want to let you know about a restaurant I visited for the first time this past weekend. PalÃ Pizza Romana is on Manhattanâ€™s Lower East Side, and I first heard about it through a post by Kelly on Celiac Chicks.
On Saturday, Kelly organized a tasting event with PalÃ â€™s owners, to get the word out about the restaurantâ€™s incredible gluten-free pizza. The crust is a blend of several flours â€” including garbanzo bean, white sorghum, tapioca, and fava bean â€” and the results are amazing. My favorite slice was the Zucca, which blends pumpkin puree, mozzarella, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese, and parsley. But I can also recommend the Arrabbiata (fresh cherry tomatoes, hot pepper, and garlic), the Mediolanum (gorgonzola, asparagus, mozzarella, and tomato sauce), and the Zucchina (zucchini, goat cheese, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and rosemary).
Since the gluten-free pizza dough is made in small batches â€” and with different equipment than what’s used for regular dough â€” PalÃ ‘s owners suggest diners pre-order by 6pm to ensure that the restaurant doesnâ€™t run out on a busy night. For the lactose intolerant, PalÃ also offers soy mozzarella, available in regular (2% casein), and vegan (casein-free) versions.
If youâ€™re looking for great gluten-free pizza in New York, PalÃ is worth checking out.
PalÃ Pizza Romana [address] 198 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 [tel] 212-614-7252 [web] www.pala-ny.com