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“This from someone who professes to "hate" pizza.....”
Review of Gastone Pizza Alla Pala - CLOSED

Gastone Pizza Alla Pala
Price range: US$4 - US$16
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Scottsdale, Arizona
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93 reviews
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“This from someone who professes to "hate" pizza.....”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

And so I did, hate pizza, with one or two notable exceptions. That is until I discovered Gastone Pizza Alla Pala, and its phenomenal pizzaiolo, Gianni. Every day Gianni makes fresh dough, preparing it so it's just the right consistency - and then he leaves it to stand for 48 hours. Then he rolls the pizza in semolina flour and drapes it over his arm so it falls naturally into long, long ovals, which he bakes on wooden paddles until they are ready to be "topped."

And how! From simple "white pizza" with just a few herbs and spices, to a full blown veggie pizza with aubergine (eggplant), courgettes (zucchini), tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella, mushrooms, sometimes even cabbage and anchovies, to pizza topped with ham and cheese, chorizo sausage, tomato basil, pizzas that have been split into two so they are filled on the bottom piece and their "hat" put back on them, pizzas of up to 40 varieties. Something you don't see that you want? Ask Gianni.

These pizzas are sold differently too. You choose the one you want and tell him how much - an inch, 3 centimeters, whatever - and Gianni takes scissors and cuts a strip of pizza which he weighs and puts back in the oven to crisp up and heat through.

Yes, you buy it by the weight - as much or as little as you like.

And if you have room for the ultimate dessert? Ask Gianni for a dolce pizza, a round paper thin pizza, again cut through the middle of the dough, like filling a cake, and he takes a huge 5kg jar of Nutella from which he scoops out huge dollops of delicious chocolatey hazelnutty heaven and slathers it on the pizza base. Then he tops the pizza with its other half, sprinkles confectioners sugar on it, and cuts it into small pieces for you to enjoy -- slowly.

But wait - there's more.

Gianni has another variation on the dolce pizza that he shared with us. Make it the same way but cut a big hole in the center so it looks like a giant open bagel. Do the aforementioned slathering with lashings of Nutella, sprinkle the confectioners sugar and then - piece de resistance - a generous helping of mango ice cream in the middle.

Gianni taught me that great pizza does exist, in a tiny store front opposite the Hotel Martinez, just off the Croissette.

If you're in Cannes for a festival and you miss Gianni at Gastone, you've missed a rare taste of heaven.

  • Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best Pizza ever!”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

If you like pizza, this is definitely a "don't miss it" place to eat — the prices are great value and the quality is amazing, even by high Italian cooking standards (I grew up in Italy so I know something about it). Because it's sold in slices you can have as much or as little as you like and as many kinds as you can stand ... all fresh and tasty, done in traditional fashion (they even let the dough rise for 48 hours so it's really tasty and easy to digest.)

We were in Cannes and found ourselves going back all the time - 40 kinds of pizza, Illy coffee (generally acknowledged as the best espresso in Italy), superb salads and brilliant ice cream by Penguino for desert.

Gianni makes the pizzas - he's a real Roman of several generations (any of you who speak Italian will immediately recognize his accent!) - he's kind, helpful and justifiably very proud of his cooking.

Don't miss this treat — you'll be glad you went

  • Visited February 2014
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Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews
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“The most reasonable deal for a quick meal on the Cannes waterfront”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Buy your pizza by the gram (Yes, they weigh pieces of the premade pizzas, heat it for a few minutes and serve it up.)
Very tasty and a nice crust. Try to choose the pizzas most recently out of the oven.

  • Visited September 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for a family”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

A trip down the Croisette is a must, if for no better reason than to gawp at expensive cars and even more expensive shops. It is a blessing for a thrifty Yorkshireman that in the street adjacent to the Hotel Martinez with its Ferraris and Bentleys there is the Gastone Pizza Alla Palla.

This is a fantastic idea - if it is not in the UK, it should be. Basically this simple little bistro does pizza, salad and drinks. They part cook a variety of pizzas in long rectangles and you buy them by weight, 100gm. They cut off what you want and finish cooking, serving it up on a paddle.

If, like me, you have small kids this is great, start them off on one slice and if they want more, you just get another piece and it will be hot, and of course you can try a different topping. Superb!

  • Visited August 2013
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Moscow, Russia
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

Pizza is delicious, staff is nice and friendly and prices are very affordable (we were 2 people, ate pizza until were full + 2 beers and a bottle of water and paid 27.50€)

  • Visited July 2013
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