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1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123040.625029 -73.961558
Wed-Fri noon-4 pm, 6:30-9 pm, Sat noon-4 pm, 7-9 pm, Sun 1-4 pm, 7-8 pm
Yes, it's in the middle of nowhere. Yes, you have to wait a million years while owner Dom DeMarco painstakingly makes his pies one at a time. And yes, the pizza costs more than the crap sold on every corner. But these are masterpiece pies, unique in the world, and the standard by which all other pizza is judged. Live with it.
best pizza in the 5 boros... – Reviewer 'richie2' is an idiot and a liar, and if he stays the hell out of the places I eat, all the better. It's the best pizza in the city: who really cares what you think, Richie? And who wants to hear you whining?
Seriously though, this pizza is the real deal. There aren't many more like this out there nowadays. Go during a weeknight, you won't be disappointed.
And despite the warnings of prissy little morons, you won't get poisoned. Not even close.
total disregard for elementary sanitation – You can stand and watch the chef go through his routine handling dough, basil, cheese, dollars, dough, cheese, etc. No washing hands ever. It should be possible to use good ingredients without risking the health of customers. The dust on the walls looked like fur.
You could make any thin-crust pizza into your own di Fara style pizza by sprinkling fresh basil, olive oil, and parmesan cheese on it, after baking.
Best pizza around – The pizza is incredible, but sure the waits are long it is so worth it!!!
If you don't like to wait for a true pizza masterpiece then go to Papa John's.
overrated – The service was beyond slow, the pizza was sloppy/greasy, and overall, it was a regrettable experience.
hostile, apathetic service, and soppingly greasy slices. – I've heard that the place has gone downhill since the hype started a few years ago. I've been there twice, and after this last time, wouldn't ever go again.
It ended up taking 2 1/2 hours to get a pizza after my order was taken right away. My order was forgotten twice (without apology) and after I finally got the pizza and brought it home, it nearly fell through the box b/c of how greasy it was. If you do end up going despite this review, make sure to tell them light on the olive oil, b/c they dump it on. The cheese, toppings, and sauce are fine (better than average). But the outrageously bad service (the guy who took my order--the owner's son--glared at me and muttered something when I said I'd been waiting for two hours) and the greasy, soppy crust is not something that's worth $25 per pie for. Joe's and Lombardi's in Manhattan are both overall better experiences.
Must try – If you love pizza you must go to Di Fara's as it won't be around for much longer. The pies are no longer always fantastic, sometimes they are merely "very good." Nonetheless any pizza lover that does not come here will miss being able to say: "I was at di Fara's while Dominic was there."
Best Pizza in New York – This is the best pizza in New York, I will never go anywhere else! I will wait two hours for a pie cause its the best!
Not Always A line!!! – My dad used to take me to Difara's 30 years ago. I recently rediscovered it. The pies are like no where else. They truly are special & worth the wait & price.
Waited two hours, left starving. – We waited patiently for two hours and finally left with no food and still very hungry. Dom was reminded multiple times by the other guy working that we needed service because we had been waiting for so long. All we wanted was two regular pies. I'd been to Di Fara twice before and knew what to expect, but this was too much. Now I'm seeing the place was shut down for health code violations. I guess it was best that we didn't eat there.
Prima Donnas, stay home!! Be patient and don't expect pizza like you get everywhere else! – For those of you complaining about the service, you have got to be kidding me. If you want fast pizza with processed ingredients that all tastes the same, then get out of line at Di Fara and order Domino's. If you want TRULY different pizza than what you get at every other pizza restaurant in the world, then s*ck it up and wait here for this pizza. Yeah, the place is old and run down, but who cares. Come for the pizza, not the ambiance.
The old guy hand-shreds mozzarella and parmesan that is from Italy--and you can taste the difference. And he cuts up fresh basil with a pair of scissors on each pizza when it's done. Tell me one other pizza place that does that. And the olive oil that he drizzles on top when it comes out of the oven is the cherry on top. There will be some burnt areas on your pizza. But complaining about the burnt crust is like saying you don't want grill marks on your steak.
By every stretch of the imagination, this is pizza like I have not had, and I can't wait to have it again.
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