I finally made the trip to DiFara (and what a trip! an hour from City Island with no traffic). Everything I've read is true. What a dump! Trash on the floors, dusty herbs in the window, the soda frig set at barely above lukewarm. But there was Dom, hunched over his table shredding cheese and gently forming his dough while his fanclub leered in anticipation.
When he eventually asked for my order I had doubts that he even heard me but, sure enough, twenty minutes later I was presented with a regular cheese pie and a separate plate of freshly shredded Grana Padana. My first impression was that the pie was much thicker than expected but it's really just more cheese as the crust is fairly thin. That cheese is what makes the pie. It's a wonderful combination of creamy and sharp while the sauce adds a strongly herbaceous tang.
Unfortunately I think the crust is just average. It's thin and nicely charred but lacking a crisp/chewy combo that I look for. It also doesn't have the depth of flavor that I experience at the criminally ignored Louie and Ernie's in Pelham Bay. In short, I really enjoyed Di Fara and I will be back to try that square slice but I feel I can get slightly better right here in the Bronx.
By the way, my wife disagrees. She thought it was the best pizza she's ever had. But she's not as crust-fixated as I am.
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