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1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, NY, 11230
at E. 15th St.
By centralpark on 4/11/2003
Quality pizza is worth everything! It is great and unlike anything you've tasted - fresh, hot, and oh so good. Yes, the place isn't well kept. You don't go to a pizzeria for clean tables, you go for an excellent pizza. If you like hot, fresh pizza, it's worth the trek!
A dump worth visiting!
By minerva on 4/11/2003
The place is an absolute dump but the pizza is like no other. Don't know what is in the sauce but you can smell the garlic as you lift the slice for a bite. The cheese combination is definitely more than the classic moz/riccota combo. Unbelievable olive oil studded perfection! Delicious crust! Slow service, depressing, run down appearance...who cares!! Totally worth putting up with!!
THE SECRET IS OUT
By mobilemike on 4/16/2003
I have traveled the world since discovering DiFara's in 1989 and none can compete. I now live 1000 miles away and still make a pilgrimage every chance I get for a "slice" on Avenue J. I don't know what Dom's secret recipe may be, but I do know that he is a Master. "Chic" it is not, but if you're in search of great pizza then DiFara's is the spot. It's a family run business with alot of heart. I will keep going back every chance I get!
On The Fence Re: Whether Worth The Trip
By colpo on 4/23/2003
A friend recommended this shop for the food only. He specifically advised NOT to wear nice clothes because you will get grease spots on your clothes here. Right on both counts. One more neg: ever take the subway to Midwood - TAKE LONGER ALREADY. The pizza's the thing here, oily and tasty with great ingredients. Counter service is slow. If you go on a weekend, it seems like the next 3 pies yet to come out of the oven are already spoken for by the throng waiting at the counter. I don't know if I'd go back here, frankly. Maybe that's how it's loyal customers would prefer it.
Good, but not the best in Brooklyn
By Nick227 on 8/20/2003
Stopped off there last weekend. Wanted to taste what the hype was all about. The pizza was good, but was similar to most of the local pizza places in Brooklyn. If you want great pizza, try Lentos in Bay Ridge, Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst and of course, Gramaldi's in DUMBO.
By Bushel1 on 10/6/2003
This place has fantastic pizza with very slow service. The man needs some help making the pies.
By normm on 3/6/2004
When you walk in for the first time every looks like a typical pizza place. But--I watched the owner making the pizza with all fresh ingredients and grating the cheeses and using top oils and other products and I realized this wasn't the average place. When you then look around at the awards and commendations you realize the place and the product is very special.
Worth the wait
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 marymagic on 3/26/2005
My standards and taste buds demand the best and Difara's pizza is truly sublime.The wait is intolerable but the taste melts all frustrate away!
Among the Great Pizzas
By dt917 on 5/6/2005
The pizza in this place is really excellent. For a cheese pizza, I'd say it's second-best in Brooklyn, after Totonno's. If we're talking about pizzas with toppings, then it's perhaps the best in the city. Yes, the place is a dump, but it's not filthy and pizza isn't meant to be eaten with linen and china anyway. What really sets this place apart is the individual attention Dominic puts into each pie -- it isn't an assembly line kind of place like Grimaldi's (not as good as it used to be) or Lombardi's (nothing special anymore). Yes, he's slow, but he's an 80 year old man! Cut him some slack, and bring a book.
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