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Not that the board needs another DiFara thread but…

JackTheLurker | Feb 4, 2007 11:24 AM

…most DiFara threads (including the long one nearby) primarily debate whether the great pizza is worth the crowds and bad service.

My issue is whether it’s worth the lack of cleanliness. I mean, the place is a pit, it’s 50/50 on passing its health inspections (in fairness, it did pass its most recent one and the failures are borderline), and DeMarco handles alot of bills, food, bills, food, etc… When I’m eating the lack of cleanliness crosses my mind a few times, which definitely detracts from my enjoyment. (I’m no clean freak, either, I’ve worked in several restaurant kitchens.)

Obviously, many (including me) think it is worth it, but, assuming crowds etc. are not an issue, only cleanliness, how much of a taste decline would it take to make people think twice about going? (Not necessarily a question that won’t be seriously asked if his kids take over.)

If I rated DiFara a 10, my favorite coal oven place a 9, the type of high-quality slice place found in only a few neighborhoods a 6, and the good slice place found in many a 5, and DiFara dropped to:

-as low as 8, I’d subway/bus 1-2 hours to it (since it’s different than coal-fired)
-as low as 7, I’d subway/bus maybe 45 minutes to it, but might subway/bus to a cleaner 6
-as low as 6, I’d probably never eat there again, unless I happened to find myself w/in a 15 minute walk
-as low as 5, I’d never eat there again, even if I was in the nabe and no other 5 was convenient (don't know if one is or not)

(Crowds aren’t much of an issue for me since I go when crowds are less likely (weekday, before 5, bad weather), and I won’t go in if it’s crowded (I continue on to Brighton Beach or Coney Island). I also haven’t been there in 2 years, so don’t know if crowds can be avoided anymore.)

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