Pa'La | Central Phoenix | Contemporary | Restaurant
Dominic Armato


Pa'La has undergone an evolution, with a new team taking over the kitchen. Thankfully, the commitment to quality food remains. At the small bungalow on 24th Street, chef and owner Claudio Urciuoli served delicious bites on paper plates for five years. His casual cafe was a destination for a chill lunch on the shade-dappled patio. But now, chef Jason Alford has taken over and brought in chef Nick Bennett to lead the kitchen. The plates are now ceramic, the cutlery is metal and the vibe is elevated. Pa'La is more of a date night destination now, where customers can splurge on a special occasion. There are still bites of tapas on the menu, so diners can start with almonds or olives before they dive in deeper. Next, try the small plates which lean vegetarian and plenty of fresh seafood. If you're in the mood to go all out, order a whole roasted fish or a pork ribeye for the table.