I hate people who are not serious about their meals. -- Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Di Fara Pizza

Om Nomz Hero Note to Self: If you napkin dab a slice of pizza from Di Fara’s, you are dead to me.

“Place looks like a dump, you would think they would fix up the place.” This was the first words uttered by a bunch of Long Island residents that I just met in line, getting some pies to go after a night in Atlantic City. If it were not for its reputation, Di Fara’s would look like any other corner pizza place. Though I would rather use the words, “rustic” and “homey” (but I guess it is like telling a fat person that he is just “big boned”)it is what is going on inside that makes Di Fara pizza worth the trek all the way out to Avenue J. Inside Dominic DeMarco is quietly and methodically making pies. He works at a steady pace, not slow, not fast but all his moves are intentional and unfaltered as more and more people show up and orders keep piling in. He just quietly snips some fresh basil and drizzles olive oil over each finished pie and goes about making more pies. 

This is what a New York slice of pizza is. This is New York Neo-Neapolitan. This is not just food: it is edible art and history. Dom DeMarco makes me feel like a piece of shit, the dude is old and if I was his age, I would most likely be watching day time television sitting comfortably in my house. This man is cranking out pizzas everyday and doing it well. Though you can get toppings on your pies, it really needs nothing and the plain slice is all that I need. Actually, I am wrong, the peppers in oil they have in a little crock on the side is all I need with it. I burned the crap out of the roof of my mouth eating this but it was worth it, the cheese was salty and a nice pull and the tomatoes sweet. Pizza after the Jump!

The crust was perfectly crisp on the bottom and the slightest chew and slight tang. Not only does he do the quintessential New York slice, the square slices are also one of the best and in my opinion, the best I had so far ever. There are people that either gets the squares pies or the round and those that only just get the round, are missing out a bit. The dough on the square pies are light, crisp and airy. Personally, I lean bit more to the square pies but the indecisive fatty in me says eat both. Both have a factor that may disgust people, but I personally think that it is a mark of all great New York Neo-Neapolitan pies, pizza grease. There is a fair amount of pizza grease that will run down you arms, transform your plate into a clear transparency or slick your hair back to go bar hopping at the Seaside boardwalk. It is essential to the taste and besides, fat=flavor right?

The pies and slices here at not cheap. A slice here is 5 bucks. Economically, you should roll here with a couple of friends, order a pie because it is a lot cheaper but even the pie is still pricey. People told me it is crazy to spend that much and even stupid. To me, it is worth every cent of the labor that Dom DeMarco puts into every pie he makes. The service is slow, and the line is a bit disorganized and I would strongly suggest that the “5 second rule” be discouraged on the surfaces of the place but the pizza is something else. If any part of this is unappealing to you, I will bluntly tell you whatever, one less person in line.

Di Fara
1424 Avenue J
 Brooklyn, NY

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