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Jun 15, 2009 09:54 AM

Di Fara - What I've Learned from this Board

Okay, so after lurking here and on the Manhattan board for several weeks, I have gleaned the following information about Di Fara:

It plainly has its local following with people who think it is the best, while others think it is overhyped and not worth the exhaustively long lines.

The best time to go is on a weekday mid-afternoon.

The square pizza is the best pizza to order (and I'll be ordering mine plain cheese).

Be prepared to wait an hour (?) after sitting down for your pizza.

BYOB (does anyone do this?).

It closes for a period between lunch and dinner.

Does this sound about right? Thanks to the Hounds for all the help!!!

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  1. sounds right to me except I wouldn't be so definitive about the square. they're both excellent in their own right. You should order the style of pizza you prefer.

    1. I wouldn't sit down for your pizza!

      1. I've done BYOB there.

        It's better to have someone in your party hang out at the counter to keep an eye on your pie, so to speak, while someone else bags a table. When I've gone, we've stayed at a table for a bit, check in occasionally with his daughter to (nicely) see how things are coming along, and then when you have a sense that your pie should be ready, definitely hang out at the counter.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          that is awesome insider advice!! thanks!

        2. I'd like to confirm, do not, repeat do not, sit down after you order your pie. Not only out of sight, out of mind, but you must defend against poachers. That was the best advice I gleaned from the board. I went on a Saturday mid-day, and got a pie within 45 minutes. Besides, you're missing half the experience. Watching Dom work his magic is almost as good as eating the pizza. Search DiFara on youtube for a sneak preview.

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          1. re: Val55

            I can't believe people poach pizzas!! That's awful!! (but good to know about)

            1. re: pizzajunkie

              Well, I've been waiting at the counter and had Dom indicate that a pie was mine, only to be intercepted by an angry sitter (who was, in fact, there ahead of us.) I don't know what these people ordered!

              I had to go back and say "We still need a cheese pie - I had to give that one to somebody else." Dom kind of smiled to himself and said "Oh, they were here before you..." No biggie, really, and it was actually a bit charming that Dom thought it was funny.

          2. 1. Weekday mid afternoon, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is indeed the best way to avoid the crowds.He is closed Monday and I have found that Friday is more weekend like in terms of crowds.
            2. I think his regular pie is the best and the square though great is too often marred by severe burning.
            3. grab a babka from the bakery across the street for dessert.

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            1. re: stuartlafonda

              That's good to know about the burned crust on the square - maybe I will get the round after all, I hate anything remotely burnt tasting!

              Thanks also about the babka info!!! yum!

                1. re: dhs

                  argh! I don't know how to decide now between the square and the round......maybe I should order one of each LOL - it is so interesting to see all the differing opinions!

                  1. re: pizzajunkie

                    yes, that is the way to go, slice and pie or two pies or two slices. You won't know till you try it.

                    And where will you wind up???? Not liking DiFara's like the quiet few or what seems like everyone on Chowhound, thinking it is wonderful? Irregardless of where your opinion lands, I think anyone who has been would say you are making a good choice in going. Watch, eat, enjoy!

                    1. re: dhs

                      more good advice! And dhs is right - I think if I didn't go, I would always wonder!

                    2. re: pizzajunkie

                      When I've taken a friend who is going for the first time, I get one round (artichoke) and one square (pepperoni), and then take home the leftovers.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        I wish so much I could take home leftovers!!

                        1. re: pizzajunkie

                          You could sell the slices to waiting customers. (grin)

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            HA!!! I'm sure I'll be tempted!!!! LOL