1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, NY, 11230
at E. 15th St.
By Smart_Shopper on 10/12/2008
I have been making the trip from Manhattan to Brooklyn's J on Q consistently for more than two decades (sometimes accompanied by friends, co-workers), but from now onwards I will pause. Not because of the price ($ 4/20 regular slice/pie), the wait, the overall dirtiness of the place, Dom's bare hand contact with food, not wearing a hat and cutting basil with a dirty scissor. The only reason is this: The quality of the pizza is disappointing! I have no idea if the oven needs to be fixed, Maestro Domenico DeMarco lost his tempo when to spin the pie and to remove it from the oven or it is a mixture of both. With each visit, the bottom of my slice/pie was burnt and the whole product was neither crispy nor tasty.
By thewiseking on 2/9/2010
you enter a dirty crowded little place with a long line and filled with pizza tourists and the usual accolades from the p.r. fueled media. after an eternity of waiting you plunk down five hard earned bucks and are handed a thin slice overloaded with a multitude of “artisanal” components you really could do without. nice char on the crust but when you lift your slice a soupy mess slides right off and you are left with only a handful of soggy crust with which to somehow scoop it up. best pizza in Brooklyn? fuhgeddaboutit UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2011: ONCE AGAIN THIS FILTHY DUMP HAS BEEN SHUTTERED BY THE DEPT OF HEALTH FOR SERIOUS HEALTH CODE VIOLATIONS!
By peterf54 on 10/3/2009
Wonderful sauce. Decent crust. Overall very good but far from the best and very overpriced Worth trying but not worth the trip to nowhere
By davifranci on 3/17/2010
if youre the type of person who enjoy punishment at the hands of pizza shop owners , wade right in . average pizza horrible service. no one deserves this kind of brutatily, except the most weird. in an update i went back, there were no lines , ordered, waited about 5 min, pizza was ready , i took my 2 slices and ate them walking down the street. it was about as normal as pizza can be. slices were fair.
By oneeggcream on 6/13/2011
I lived in Brooklyn for the first 21 years of my life and went to Di Fara always. The pizza was OK then but I can't imagine that someone would think it's the BEST pizza now! $6.50 for a slice of pizza? I don't think so!! Larry's on Ave M had pizza that was some of the best I've ever had! I don't know who started this idea that De Fara was the best but I don't think who ever it was really knows their pizza! I'd be damned if I would stand in line for a piece of pizza and then have to pay $6.50 for it!! That would have to be the best pizza in the world no less in Brooklyn! Save your hard earned money and go to Crispy Pizza on 13th Ave for some REALLY GOOD pizza. There has to be a dozen more pizza places in Brooklyn that have GREAT pizza and not nearly as expensive as Di Fara's!!
By Waffle_Rama on 3/2/2009
I should have trusted my gut instinct when we stepped in at 2:20 yesterday afternoon. I should have walked away. It took five minutes just to figure out that we had to push through the crowd to place our order. We placed it at 2:25 and got our pice at 4:00. No, I'm not exaggerating. Though good, there was a hard object in mine on which I broke my tooth. I don't know why the health dept has not shut down. It is filthy. At 3:30, they locked the door with about 50 people inside. That can't be legal. Sorry folks. I say don't waste your time.
By Bushel1 on 10/6/2003
This place has fantastic pizza with very slow service. The man needs some help making the pies.
By bklyngurl5 on 5/5/2004
Expect to be there a while, the wait for a pie can be over an hour. The old man still makes every pizza with his own two hands. However, this pizza is really a work of art. The buffalo mozzarella gives the pizza a fantastic sharp flavor. The slices are thin and the crust is crunchy. Difara's has been shut down by the health department recently so you might want to check and make sure that it's open before you go.
By rwordplay on 7/28/2008
I live in Manhattan and twice a month take the Q to J, to savor slices made by the Master. Sadly, I found that over the last year the quality has slipped; with each visit, slips further. The work of making pies for 45 years sounds romantic, but it's punishing work. On my last visit, I waited half an hour for a fresh slice and a square of Sicilian. Both were burnt on the bottom, the sauce a little sour. I suspect DeMarco is losing his tempo, when to spin the pie, when to remove it from the oven. Waiting, I found myself in conversation with two middle-aged businessmen, who had ordered a whole pie. When it arrived, they insisted I take a slice. Again I was disappointed. Yes, it was a Di Fara Pizza, but the whole was less than the sum of its part. I've been making this trip for more than a decade, now, I'm afraid, it may be time to see the Maestro hang up his apron. Bravo Domenico, Bravo. Go today, tomorrow at the latest, soon there will be no Di Fara, only the idea of Di Fara.
By Massi on 3/9/2009
Not only did I have to wait 45 minutes for an overpriced pizza, but I had to listen to the inane blathering of multiple groups of tourists. Say goodbye to an era. I even heard that DeMarco's in West Village shut down and has become Mezzaluna. Sad really.