So tonight I brought an out of town friend to Difara and was pleasantly surprised to find a wee bit of order brought to the usual stressful chaos.
As I approached I was shocked and amazed to see what resembled an actual LINE of people waiting to order. No mass crushed against the counter, no pushing to get an elbow down on the tile.
A younger guy I've never seen there before (dark hair and glasses, left handed -- probably one of Dom's sons based on the way they interacted) was taking people's orders and writing them down on a pad: square or round, toppings, to stay or to go, and your initials.
As soon as he had 4 pizzas written down on a sheet he'd tear the sheet off and put it in front of Dom. When Dom had made everything on the sheet, he'd throw it away and put a new sheet in front of Dom.
I have to say, it worked pretty well. Occasionally someone would try to cut the line -- and one woman had her pie swiped a few times because she made the mistake of sitting down, but overall the grumpiness and line-cutting was minimal. I think the sense of order brought by the list took some of the wind out of the sails of the ruder people.
I don't if it will last but it was nice to see the pizza as good as ever yet a bit less chaotic to obtain.
(Oh, and it was a nice Saturday night and we got there at 9pm and got our pizza at 10:15 or so. Well worth the wait as always.)