Is it mass hype? Don't know. If it is I am happy to be part of it.
Met Kathryn and the baby at DF after work last night (Major Q train odyssey, thanks a lot MTA). Let's start with the Porro. That's a soup of canellini beans, chickpeas, porree, tomatoes and squash. Sublime. One portion easily enough for two (lucky I didn't know --> leftovers). Then (oh thank you forever fellow devotees, I would have never known to order it without you) one Artichoke Pie. Oh, boy. Clearly the most amazing piece of pizza I have ever had the pleasure of relishing. Equal or better than anything I have had in Italy or Austria. I am ruined. Why cook at home?
If I eat there again tonight I will have eaten nothing that hasn't come out of the Holy Man's kitchen for 24 hours (yes, I reheated a slice for breakfeast on the pizza stone, and I had soup for lunch--I couldn't bear to overnuke it so it was lukewarm but scrumptuous).
There were comments about the decor in previous posts. LEAVE IT ALONE! (Oops, I shouted, sorry). It's perfect. Only concessions: (maybe) rotate the large tables so they all are perpendicular to the long wall. Replace the fluorescents with a row of school house globes. Put a white kraft paper dispenser up so whoever wants to can paper their table. Otherwise: don't touch! I mean it.
So is it safe to go on a Friday night after work (seven)? I guess I could wait til Monday if crowds are forming.