The painstakingly crafted Neapolitan pies—cracker-thin crust with a pleasing char and a subtle Parmesan zing—have been prepared by hand for more than 50 years by Italian expat and 'za master Domenico De Marco at this unassuming corner joint. De Marco's pies (plain, sausage-pepper, olive- square) are widely considered among the city's best, using fresh dough that's made several times a day and herbs grown in the restaurant's window boxes, not only to flavor the sauce but to shower on top of your slice.
|Venue name:||Di Fara Pizza|
1424 Ave J
|Cross street:||at 15th St|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat noon–8pm, Sun 1pm-8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: Q to Ave J|
|Price:||Average whole pizza: $32. Cash only|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
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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!
The best. Period. I've been eating at DiFara, on and off, since 1969 and am an unabashed fan. Everything about the current experience is a New York gem. From watching Dom create these wonderful pies, to devouring them, it's an experience worth both the cost of the pie and the 2 hour drive from my central Connecticut home. My mother-in-law says that waiting for a pie, watching Dom, takes her back to Italy. My kids love everything about the place and while it's cramped and no-frills, it has an aura that can't be matched. We've gone through all the great pizza places in both New York and Connecticut and no one comes close. Yes, it costs a bit more, but anything great usually does and DiFara's pizza is that..GREAT!!
Note: the picture attached is a sausage, pepper and onion pie.