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Pizza: DiFara's (not a short note, so hang in there)


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Pizza: DiFara's (not a short note, so hang in there)

Steve R. | Feb 3, 2001 04:26 PM

Okay... so I just realized that, in the beginning of Jim's book (which my wife gave me last year), there's this site with a message board. Now, after reading approximately 2 million notes in 3 days (and that's just the Outer Borough section!), I've decided to weigh in on the most important topic: pizza! I've lived in Bklyn Hts for 20 years now and have always loved Fascati's. It's good pizza. When I was a teen, I'd come to Court Street for Queen's pizza (next to the old restaurant -- voted 2nd best in NYC back then). That was good too. However, as a graduate of Midwood HS, growing up and hanging out on Avenue J almost every day(I'm 48, so you do the math), I can definitively say "Difara has always been the place". I was amazed that Jim had Difara's listed when I read the Guide last year (I just assumed it was long gone) and I cant get over the # of message board notes it has generated since. I should also mention that, on the Midwood HS message board site within, similar back and forth on Difara's has existed for over a year. We're a loyal bunch. All this for a corner pizza place whose owner has survived 35 years (I remember when they opened -- my friend's father owned the florist across the street) of annoying kids hanging around, giving him a tough time (my guilt still overwhelms me: forgive me, Dom... I was young). The pizza, heros and pasta dishes were always great, and Dom (and his brothers? -- I remember 3 of them -- maybe it's my memory) had the patience of saints. Since my sister and mother still live only blocks away, I went back last year and had my first slice in quite awhile. And they say you cant go home again: the man can make pizza! We talked about the neighborhood (a bit more orthodox then back when he opened: he's the first person to complain about a changing neighborhood by bemoaning "its too quiet now"), but its clear he still loves it. I'm thrilled to see it's developed into a cult favorite, but cant believe I might actually have to wait on a line to get a table by the pizza boxes. See you all there soon!

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