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A Report on a First Visit to DiFara's

JSHAFT78 | Jan 4, 200812:04 PM

I recently made my first visit to DiFara's and after hearing such buzz on this board and frankly from all sources about the legendary pizza, my thoughts going into the experience revolved around how it would ever live up to the hype. Let's get some points out there first: There are a lot of pizza places in NYC where you can get a good slice, and there's a smaller subset of places you can get a great one. In regards to DiFara's itself, I'll admit that waiting for 40 minutes as I did is not something I would do very often at all, nor drop $3 a slice if I can avoid it. I live in Bensonhurst, moved there only a few months ago, so the relative distance of the place isn't a problem for me. I know some people might take issue if they lived in Manhattan. For anyone out there who has ever eaten pizza, you are absolutely, positively missing the boat if you have never tasted DiFara's. It's so easy to grab a slice and scarf it down that I think we've lost perspective. Artisans who put not just effort, but soul into their food just aren't appreciated enough. We spend more time arguing over which TV chef can open more restaurants in a calendar year or which tasting menu has the most miniscule portions. Watching Dom put those slices together was an experience in itself, never mind the actual eating. My wife is Japanese, a people with a serious reverence for food and the ceremony of its preparation, and she was transfixed watching the poking and prodding going on. The mixture of cheeses was incredible, far far far superior to anything I've ever tried. I'm not a big time foodie, but even I could tell the ingredients were top notch. All in all, if I ever want to make an impression on a visitor and give them a taste of NY and what it means to be from this town, I'm taking them, kicking and screaming if need be, to Midwood.

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