La Pala Pizzeria Ristorante
165, ZhongXing St, West Dist.
11:30 am-10 pm
10% service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
Facing Civic Square, this very attractive restaurant offers a creative range of mid-priced southern Italian cuisine that includes pizzas, pasta dishes, main courses (including steaks and seafood) and desserts, plus coffees and alcoholic drinks. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. The star-shaped Carnevale pizza (NT$320) is a delightfully-unique Neapolitan creation. Each of the six points is folded and filled with creamy Ricotta cheese and the pizza is topped with fresh Mozzarella, spinach and bacon. Another exceptional dish is the pictured Paccheri alla guancia di manzo (NT$320), stewed beef cheek with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a tomato-and-veggie sauce and big tube-shaped paccheri pasta.
B. La Pala's chefs, trained and certified in Italy, use an imported wood-burning oven to make calzone and 11 10-inch pizza varieties (NT$190-400) that have a enjoyably chewy crust.
C. The 80-seat restaurant's beautifully-restored two-floor villa offers romantic charm, with glass walls, a curving staircase, rough red-brick walls, wooden ceiling rafters and interesting hanging lamps.