Well I finally made it to Difara's, and for my pizza taste, it really was all it's made out to be. I had the obligatory plain slice appetizer while waiting for our pie and it's my kind of slice - crispy and flavorful, without that charcoal oven taste. Then I moved onto a slice from the artichoke pie. Yum. I'm not crazy about how the olive oil sogs the bottom of the slice but the flavor of the artichokes with the cheese and the sauce more than makes up for it - that is some tasty stuff - and having already had the crispy plain slice, I could live with having to use a knife and fork on my second slice.
Then Abby, Galleygirl and Yum yum quietly encouraged me to try a square slice. Now I am not a fan of sicilian pizza - too much crust for my taste - and the wait for this square slice was long. (very.) I thought about saying "forget it," but Yum yum persisted, extolling the virtues of this square slice. I couldn't imagine how it could be that much different than what I'd already tasted. It was and turned out to be well worth the wait.
The square slice comes out of the oven sizzling loudly in the pan. It's thinner than most sicilian slices I've had, and they all pale in comparison. The olive oil fries the bottom of the dough, making it crispy, yet the middle of the dough stays chewy. The cheese on this slice seems gooey-er, and I'm glad I did not leave Difara's without experiencing it.
An eggplant pie on a table near ours looked delicious. Next time.