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Aug 22, 2007 12:09 PM

DiFara Pizza

I live in NJ. My wife is in Brooklyn and is only 10 minutes away from this fine establishemnt and thought it would be a treat to bring home Difara. She called to place an order to pick up at 718-258-1367. It goes to a voice mail box. Are they still around or do they not accept orders over the phone. Any help is appreciated.

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  1. The last thing I have heard about them is that they have been shut down by the health department for a number of violations

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    1. re: er1c

      For real? Wow! When did this happen?

      1. re: angelo04

        DiFara is closed on Mondays during the month of August. Was this the issue? The health department thing was resolved, I believe.

        1. re: Luther


          I looked into it and you are absolutely right. It seems that DiFara is open again. They passed an inspection on 7/25.

          Sorry about the misinformation Angelo

      2. tell her not to bother ordering by phone. He won't make it until she's there anyway.

        1. Problem solved. She managed to get through. I anxiously await my dinner tonight. Next problem. Beer or a nice bottle of Chianti. LOL.

          1. "Fine establishment?"... That's a joke, right??? ...Of course it is. Do yourself a favor: FInd a Pizza place a lot close to your home. It may take a while and you may have to eat some mediocre pizza, but in the long run it will be worthwhile. DiFara's is good, but certainly not better than getting a fresh, hot pie from a local eatery and definitely not worth the hassle. If you post a request for great local pizza recc,close to your home, I'm sure your fellow Chow Hounds will be happy to help

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            1. re: Tay

              Based on the reactions of my family members, I'd have to disagree. I bought a round pie from DiFara's on a Friday night and took it to my elderly mother, who lives in northern Jersey. Even though she's not a pizza lover, she took 2 bites, said "this is the best pizza I've ever had," and promptly helped herself to 2 slices. We then took the remaining few slices down to Maryland the next day, visiting some relatives. Even though the slices had lost their wonderful crispness of crust, my relatives are hooked on DiFara's.

              Jersey has some fine pizza, and this is not to say that a DiFara's pizza is worth any hassle, but Dom is nonpareil.

              1. re: Clinton Hiller

                I think that's a great compliment to DiFara's, that you would actually take leftover pizza to out of town relatives ( A little strange maybe, but a compliment nevertheless lol!) but I'd still say to you what I said to Josh L. (see posting below) It's just not realistic to think in terms of one pizza place being able to satisfy the needs/cravings of everyone. I like DiFara's pizza too, but when I moved I immediately started sampling my new neighborhood's eateries.

                1. re: Tay

                  Believe me, this will NOT be a regular occurrence! My mom was so impressed by DiFara's, howvere, that she MADE me take 3 slices to our relatives. They're coming up to visit in a few weeks, so they'll be able to experience fresh DiFara's.

                  I totally agree that CHers should explore their neighborhoods for good (if not great) food -- that's the only way we expand this board. I love DiFara's, but in my neighborhood of Ft. Greene I'm also quite happy with Graziella's. I don't know where the OP lives, but Cassie's in Englewood (Dean and Palisades Ave) is pretty good.

                  1. re: Tay

                    Then again, perhaps any New York pizza would be a treat to the out-of-town relatives. It was 30+ years ago, but I still recall one of my Bronx neighbors' wrapping the individual slices of a pie purchased on University Avenue in aluminum foil so she could bring them to her hosts in Arizona.

                2. re: Tay

                  the point of being a chowhound is going the extra mile for something good. three day old reheated difara's is superior to just about any other slice and its worth the hassle.

                  1. re: josh L

                    Everyone - Dinner was excellent last night. Great treat in the midst of a lousy week at work after a 2 week vacation but I digress.

                    josh you beat me to the point. Reheated it on a a hot pizza stone and it was almost as good as eating it there.

                    Tay - i meant every word of my post. I have posted on my local board and have found some OK pizza. But I always go back to the old stomping grounds, brooklyn or staten island for good pizza amoung other things. "Do yourself a favor: FInd a Pizza place a lot close to your home." I guess I could do that but I never choose medicority in any area of my life. A liitle extra effort goes a long way. And this wasn't much effort given that the wife was 5 minutes away from DiFara and onher way home.

                    1. re: angelo04

                      Hey, if that works for you, that's great... I agree with you: I wouldn't dream of promoting mediocrate pizza, or anything else for that matter. I was thinking more in terms of taking the time to find a local place for those times when making the trip to B'klyn is not feasible. Perhaps for you it's always an option. You know what works best for you. :-}

                    2. re: josh L

                      Hmmm.. Perhaps I just have a more expanded view of being a Chow Hound. For me, some of the points/pleasures of being a Chow Hound are to share old/new favorites, and to increase that data base by exploring new restaurants/foods.and to do so in different locations. I'm merely suggesting that the OP do some exploring now, so in the dead of winter, or simply if a craving pops up at 9pm, he will have some viable alternatives. Realistically, 3 day old reheated pizza is not going to be superior to just about any slice , including Di Fara's and depending on the OP's location, whipping into Brooklyn is definitely not always possible nor worth the hassle. While I admire your "pizza loyalty" we cannot all rely on one pizza place for our pizza.
                      There are great pizzaria's out there... For me the fun/adventure is in finding and sharing them so others don't have to go that"extra mile" :-}

                      1. re: Tay

                        Though I hear your point in general re: reheated pizza, it's simply not the case with DiFara's pizza. I think the difference is the more than generous amount of olive oil on each slice. They reheat up beautifully, and still surpass just about anything else, even when far removed from their original sublime state.

                        1. re: Tay

                          I've taken DiFara pizza home with me to Manhattan several times. Tastes great cold and reheats just fine. The only issue I encountered was the olive oil seeping through whatever container you happen to be carrying it in...

                    3. Does anyone have a definitive answer as far as placing phone orders at Difaras goes? I am having a party next week and need 5 or 6 pies (Tuesday night), would it be possible to advance order? If not, any recommendations in Brooklyn?

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                      1. re: maffiem

                        He won't make it until you get there though if you schmooze and explain you predictament, he might bend a bit.

                        1. re: maffiem

                          1) I agree with Budino (above) they won't make them until you are actually there and it will probably take forever b/c the crowds will be clamoring for their single order slices/pies.
                          2) In what neighborhood do you reside?

                          1. re: Tay

                            Funny you should say that. She did call ahead and wait on line, not surprised but she nearly caused a riot when someone walked in and went striaght to the front of the line.

                            I live in Old Bridge, NJ. So far I've found Krispy, a brooklyn orginal with a store stil there. Highly reccomend the Grandma's Pie. Fedrici's in Frehold. Ultra Thin Crust. We have family in S.I. and Brooklyn, so my wife constantly brings home some of the missed good eats. We do have a good nose and manage to sniff out good food. Sometimes there's just nothing like the old stomping ground.

                            1. re: angelo04

                              I am in Park Slope/Windsor Terrace. If anyone has any recommendations, aside from Anthony's, I'd love to hear them.

                              1. re: maffiem

                                Lucali's on Henry and Carrol is (dare I say it) just as good as Difara's. A quick ride on the F to Bergen and a ten minute walk and you'll be in heaven. Unlike DiFara's you can eat inside their charming restaurant or take it to go. Mark, the proprieter, is a huge fan of Dom's style and it really shows.

                                When you go to DiFara's and you walk right in and get your hot slices right away--there's nothing better in the world. But, invariably, there are times when it seems nothing goes right and you end up waiting and getting more hungry and frustrated waiting for a slice. It's especially bad when you order a whole pie and you're looking at the pie coming out of the oven all bubbly and delicious thinking 'Ok this one has to be mine' and Dom slices into it and hands it out to the guy standing next to you who just walked in. Sometimes, when it goes down like that I think 'never again' but I always come back.

                                But, Lucali's, man that is some amazing pizza too. In talking to Mark he said he's experimenting trying to make a square pie like Dom's. If its anything like his round it will be a huge success.

                                I live in the Slope too and Anthony's is as good as it gets around there. It's a good pie but, well, it can't really compare to Dom's or Lucali's.

                                1. re: pastoralia

                                  I don't want to detract from this glowing review of Lucali's -- I love it too -- but recently they've doing take-out; it's now eat-in only.

                                  1. re: brooklynr

                                    Oh. Did not know that. Thanks for the update.

                                    I never did do take out. It's great just to sit in there and eat that nice hot, bubbly pie fresh from the oven. Damn, I'm hungry.

                                2. re: maffiem

                                  I'm very hesitant to offer this opinion necause my experience with pizza threads has been very frustrating. Pizza may be the single most subjective and ceaslessly argued food on this board. With the exception of Dom's, of course, which IS the best pie, simple as that. Quirky, inconvenient, unfair, maddening, inconsistent, nonsensical though it may sometimes/often be. Dom's pizza, at this point in time, is the best in NYC and probably America. The best things in life don't usually just fall in you lap. You have to work for em. There's plenty of good or great pizza around. Dom's is a different eschelon. True dat.
                                  As for your PS/WT query: I really love Luigi's on 5th Ave and 20th Street. Now I've offered that opinion several times before here, and I can practically hear the startup "ding" of the computer of the guy who's responded with a terse "mediocre" as I type that. (When's the last time you actually tasted a slice, my friend?) But I don't care. Luigi's fresh mozz pie is better than any other slice in the neighborhood. And unlike the oft praised Anthony's, Luigi's is actually an old school slice joint. And that means something to me (and even more to my wallet.) I hope you give it a try. Hanky T out.