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Di Fara recommendations please!!

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indiefoodie Mar 20, 2012 12:05 PM

Hello,

3 of us are planning to check out Di Fara on a Friday (actually, Good Friday). After reading some posts about the wait times, etc. I plan to get there around 11:30-12:00 to hopefully not have a crazy long wait. A lot of people recommended bringing beer so I'll do that (is there a place close to Di Fara where I could buy a 6 pack?). I was looking for some advice on what to order. Seems like the square pie is the way to go. A few posts seemed to suggest that you could just get a half square and that you could also do a half n half with 2 different toppings. I was thinking of doing the half n half with the Sicilian and something else. Any recommendations for this? Di Fara Special on their FB page looked interesting ( sausage, peppers, mushrooms, onions with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella). Also, is the Sicilian on one half something that is recommended?
Lastly, is there something else in that area that I should check out?
Thanks a lot!

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Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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    Mike R. RE: indiefoodie Mar 20, 2012 12:19 PM

    DiFara's Special, IMO, has way too much stuff on it, masking the flavor of Dom's best cheeses and San Marzano's. You're better off going for a whole straight-up Square pie...on the well-done side. Then get some additional regular slices and pick and choose single add-ons for each slice, douse them with the available hot oil for some kick-action.

    If the wait drives you insane, run across the street and get some excellent roasted cashews and pistachios at "Oh Nuts!". I usually mix the salted and unsalted together in a 1:3 ratio.

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    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    Oh! Nuts
    1503 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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      indiefoodie RE: Mike R. Mar 20, 2012 12:35 PM

      Thanks Mike! Is the "whole straight-up Square pie" the same as a Sicilian? From what I've read, the square pie is pretty big. Won't that and a few slices be too much for 3 people? Also, the regular slices are the round and not the square ones, right? Thanks!

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        tex.s.toast RE: indiefoodie Mar 20, 2012 03:50 PM

        regular = round, sicilian = square. it will be too much food, but worth it. the "regular" slices are rather thin and not particularly filling (despite the 5 dollar price tag). you'll survive and be glad you got both.

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          indiefoodie RE: tex.s.toast Mar 20, 2012 07:35 PM

          Umm.. so what exactly does a "straight-up square pie" have? Cheese, tomato sauce, olive oil and basil? Also, any specific slices that you would recommend trying?

          Thanks!

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            Mike R. RE: indiefoodie Mar 21, 2012 05:14 AM

            That is right, on a thick crust.

            Dom's pepperoni is popular...again, I wouldn't make the pie too complex.

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      kathryn RE: indiefoodie Mar 20, 2012 10:39 PM

      If you get there at 11:30am, they may have the gate down still. They let you in whenever they are ready. Could be 12pm. 12:15pm.

      I like their artichoke topping a lot when we get it on a round pie. On a recent visit, we did a whole square pie with a semi dried cherry tomato topping, which was great. Took the rest home in a box. It's good plain, though.

      Get like 1-2 toppings max whatever you do.

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      Di Fara Pizza
      1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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        villainx RE: kathryn Mar 25, 2012 07:30 PM

        If you like toppings, but also want to try it unadorned (which is really really good and I'd say is a must), tell them to put toppings on 1/2 the pie or square.

        Fortunately (or unfortunately) pretty much all the toppings I've tried are amazing. Pepperoni, artichoke, tomato, broccoli, etc.

      2. Sluggo1407 RE: indiefoodie Mar 26, 2012 09:46 AM

        You should call the restaurant to see if they are open on Good Friday. They are Catholic and might be closed. Also, keep in mind that the Sicilian is a type of pie (square with a thicker crust) not a topping. I think your best bet would be tomato, basil and mozzarella (Margharita) for your first time. A good Margharita is hard to beat. Enjoy!

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          indiefoodie RE: indiefoodie Mar 30, 2012 12:11 PM

          Thanks guys! I just called them and they are open on April 6th :)
          I'll probably get the Sicilian, 1/2 regular and 1/2 with one topping (sundried tomatoes, artichokes,...) and maybe a couple of slices with pepperoni and maybe something else.
          Quick question - any stores around that are from where I could buy some Beer? Taking some from home will probably not work since it'll take me about 50 min to get there!
          Thanks!

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            tex.s.toast RE: indiefoodie Mar 30, 2012 07:28 PM

            you can get beer across the street, though im not sure how good the selection is (ive had a he'brew from there before, but i didnt go in to buy it and am not sure what the other options are like).

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              Mike R. RE: tex.s.toast Mar 31, 2012 09:21 AM

              As long as you finish your beer and pies by sundown (when Passover begins), everything will be just fine (ha-ha)! The neighborhood will otherwise be real quiet.

          2. NervousPanda RE: indiefoodie Mar 30, 2012 07:34 PM

            This thread makes reason # 34,599 why I want to live in New York.

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              indiefoodie RE: indiefoodie Apr 11, 2012 10:51 AM

              Thanks a lot everyone. We made it here around 11:45. There were a bunch of people in line already. The place did not open until around 12:15-12:20 by when a pretty decent line had formed. For future reference, the store across from Di Fara has pretty decent beers. Ordered a couple of slices of the round (artichoke and pepperoni) and a square (1/2 plain and 1/2 with semi dried cherry tomatoes - this was recommended by the person who took our order). The slices came first after about 2-25 minutes and surprise - they were nothing special. The pepperoni was actually bad - very salty. We finished those and waited for the square pie which came out sizzling from the oven. This was excellent. The ingredients, top notch. We felt that the 1/2 with the tomatoes was better than the plain. And although it was too much food and we had planned to take the leftovers back with us, it was so good that we ended up stuffing ourselves and finishing everything :) I would definitely go back for the square pie, the round, not so much. Are there any places in Manhattan that do a comparable square?

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                kathryn RE: indiefoodie Apr 11, 2012 11:55 AM

                Artichoke's square can be pretty good but after they expanded, I've found them to be a bit hit or miss. You might want to post this as a separate thread on the Manhattan board, which has more traffic.

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                  pkbnyc RE: indiefoodie Apr 12, 2012 06:47 AM

                  Thanks, Indie. Confirms our own emperor's new clothes reaction. Try Lucali for a round one (but not at lunch; Roberta's will be worth your while then).

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