Di Fara Pizza

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Regular pie at Di Fara Pizza
The painstakingly crafted Neapolitan pies—cracker-thin crust with a pleasing char and a subtle Parmesan zing—are widely considered among the city's best; dough is made fresh several times a day. To keep kids occupied during what feels like an interminable wait, point out the window boxes full of herbs used to flavor the sauce.
Venue name: Di Fara Pizza
Address: 1424 Ave J
Cross street: at 15th St
Opening hours: Wed–Sun noon–4pm, 6:30–9pm
Transport: Subway: Q to Ave J
Price: Large plain pizza: $28. Cash only
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My mom grew up down the street from this all-star pizza joint.  She didn't know about it until I told her a little while ago.  I can't imagine if it it was I who had grown up within smelling distance of Di Fara.  My mom had the the the chance to go while they were just getting cooking.  I'd be in mourning for years over a childhood deprived of their cheesy goodness and failure to check it out before the gazillion best pizza lists had at it.  But anecdote aside, Di Fara does not disappoint.  The pizza is a solid 4.5/5 stars and the experience makes up the remaining .5.  Just endure the hour+ wait (shorter on weekdays) to see the legend himself clip the freshest basil in town onto pie after pie.  There's plenty written about this place so I'll leave you with this...

It's expensive and time consuming, authentic and delicious; a memorable experience worthy of the trek at least a few times in you lifetime.  Bonus points for those of you who bike there via Ocean Parkway like I usually do!