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Jan 22, 2006 11:27 AM

DeMarco's Revisited

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I am a pizza psycho. Been everywhere multiple times including DiFara's. In fact, I have to go to New Haven Tuesday on business and am planning to hit Sally's, Pepe's and for the first time Modern (all in one day). So take it from me that when DeMarco's is on its game, which is hit and miss, it rivals any slice in the city.

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  1. I agree. I have long been a fan of DiFara in Brooklyn so when I heard that his offspring were opening a place in Manhattan (DeMarco's), I was very excited. I went on Friday just as a square pie was coming out of the oven. Delicious. Sadly, it is still very hit or miss.

    DeMarco's is on Houston, just before 6th Ave. Definitely worth a stop for any pizza lover.

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    1. re: Traz0r

      Here's the deal with DeMarco's: (two of my close friends are waitresses)

      The pizzeria is run by the DeMarco kids. The restaurant/bar is not.

      The kids hired a pizza chef to run the place. On some days, neither the kids nor a qualified pizza chef works there. In other words, there's a damn good reason why their pizza is hit or miss.

      That is all.

      1. re: Boots
        guttergourmet's wife

        Very interesting. I only go to the slice place and only eat when its fresh out of the oven. Prefer the round to the square unlike DiFara's where either is heaven.

        1. re: guttergourmet's wife

          It's really a shame DeMarco's is so inconsistent because DiFara is easily the best pizza on the planet. That said, there is something to be said for taking that long train ride out to Brooklyn to see the real "character" of the DiFara location.

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      Bill Strzempek

      Modern was terrific a few weeks ago. Bring me back a clams casino pie please...

      1. we went to the restaurant today and had a really lame pizza (a demarco's special). it was served by a guy who looked like he was seriously overdue for a bath. the tv was blaring cartoon network, the salad was drowning in balsamic vinegar, and the pizza was a soggy mess (either the sauce was runny or the toppings were). we brought a friend from out of town and i was totally mortified.

        i'd stick to the slices -- at least when they're a miss, you're only out 2.75 and you can still eat somewhere else.

        1. Go to Pizza Box, one block North on Bleecker, for the best slice in the city.

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          1. re: Josh

            Good slice, but they were shut down by the health dept. once, so I'm just a tad leery. Best $5 backyard dining experience in downtown Manhattan (slice and a cold beer), however, hands down.

          2. I was an early defender of DeMarco's. My experiences were hit and miss, but I figured it made sense to give them time to hit their stride.

            Sadly, my perception is the pizza has only gotten worse over time. Cheese is glopped on unevenly, and slices are reheated on foil. Every once in a while, someone reports a positive experience, which prompts me to try again. Usually, however, I find myself wishing I'd just gone out to Difara's.

            PS: I know many disagree, but I personally prefer Modern to Sally's and Pepe's.

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            1. re: a&w

              tried Modern twice last week for the first time and was totally blown away. Had an entire sausage pie, mediume, which could easily feed 3. Could be a contender for no. 1 in the universe! Had a white clam at Pepe's which was quintessential Connecticut. also, don't miss Louis' Lunch, the inventor of the hamburger-not the best burger, but atmosphere was great- no ketchup-"this ain't burger king, you can't have it your way, you have it our way or you get nothin"-gotta love it.