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DiFara's Pizza - Second Attempt, Still Not Impressed


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DiFara's Pizza - Second Attempt, Still Not Impressed

Josh | Mar 25, 2004 12:55 AM

Tried DiFara's two months ago and posted my thoughts on this board here:

Went back yesterday to try again. This time, had a plain cheese slice and a sicilian.

Overall: I really think that a lot of the praise for DiFara's comes from a senimental attachment to Dom, who seems like a great guy and loves pizza. It's hard not to enjoy yourself when you enter the shop and see him making the pizza all by himself, as he has for forty or so years.

Some may disagree, but I think that the condition he keeps the tables throughout the day is disgusting. You may say it's part of the charm, but I fail to see how eating next to a bunch of used napkins and undiscarded plates is charming. I'm not a prude or anything like that, but for someone who takes so much pride is his pies, I think it's important to make ppl feel comfortable. Other great pizza slice places I've been to, including such places as Galleria Umberto, New Park Pizza, etc.. have managed to serve slices while keeping a clean place.

The two slices I had were each very good. They were not, however, among the best in NY. A lot has been made of the cheese, which gives the pizza a very distinctive taste out of the oven. Personally, I felt the parmesean cheese overwhelmed the other cheeses, which could be somewhat closely duplicated by putting by going to any pizza store, ordering a cheese slice and shaking some parmesean over it.

I enjoyed both crusts very much and consider them to be the pizzas best assests. Just as they should be, with chewy interior and crunchy exterior. I just don't believe that Dom's oven is hot enough to make a crust as great as it could be, with good char on the bottom.

The soggyness was much less pronounced this time on the regular slice, although it was still considerably wetter due to the what I feel is excessive amount of olive oil poured over the pie. The sicilian was quite soggy, yet the thick crust managed to keep it together pretty well still.

The sauce was probably the weakest part of the pie, somewhat nondescript in my opinion.

Overall, a good slice, not a great slice.

FYI, some pizzerias that I feel are overrated: Tacconelli's, Santarpio's and DiFara's.

Some pizzerias that I feel are underrated: New Park Pizza and Galleria Umberto.

Some pizzerias that live up to their hype: Grimaldi's, Tottono's, Nick's, Pepe's,

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