Date idea: DiFara Pizza, a legendary Brooklyn pizzeria

January 13, 2015 in New York City,Places,United States

One of the coolest things about working at Vimeo is that I can legitimately watch awesome videos as part of my job. A few weeks ago, The Best Thing I Ever Done popped up in my feed: the short film is “a portrait of DeMarco and his beloved pizzeria, an exploration of his rise to fame and an ode to pizzaioli who take their time to ‘make it right.'”

DiFara Pizza in Brooklyn

I watched the video enthralled, immediately sent it to my parents (because no one appreciates a good pizza or a good Italian delicatessen like them), and then texted my boyfriend and basically told him that we had to go try this pizza immediately. My sense of immediacy came from the fact that Domenico DeMarco has been making pizza seven days a week for the past 45 years: who knows how much longer he’ll stick around?! My motivation was furthered by his four-star rating Yelp rate with more than 1600 reviews.

DiFara Pizza in BrooklynSo the next day, we biked down to Midwood (in freezing temperatures!) for a slice of this exalted pie. It’s almost like stepping back in a time machine: there are just absolutely no frills. The tables are basically folding tables that you’d find in a church basement, with a few folding chairs scattered about. DeMarco makes the pizza in the open kitchen, looking exactly like he stepped out of the painting on the wall. You can sense that not much has changed since 1965, and that’s for the best. We put in our order and took a seat: about 30 minutes later, we paid cash and received a steaming pizza right out of the oven. DiFara Pizza in BrooklynThe pizza itself: DELICIOUS. We took a point off for a slightly burned crust on one side, but overall: the crust was crispy, the cheese was gooey, the sauce was chunky and fresh. They drizzle a little bit of olive oil and cut fresh basil onto the pizza right before it’s served, which is the perfect last step. It’s a nice middle-ground between fancy restaurant pizza and that deliciously gooey street slice.

DiFara Pizza in Brooklyn

One thing to note: it ain’t the cheapest. It’s $29 for the plain house special (basically a margherita pizza) that can serve two hungry people. There aren’t many frills in terms of fancy ambiance or table service, but we both agreed the pizza and the experience are well worth it. DiFara Pizza in BrooklynDiFara Pizza in BrooklynHave you ever been to DiFara Pizza? What’s your favorite pizza place? 

 

 

  • One word: Drooooool

  • I am actually not a big pizza fan (I know – it’s a travesty!), but your intro to this post reminded me of one of the reasons I loved working at Outside magazine so much: I literally got to read sports news and spend hours on Pinterest as part of my job description. Score!!

  • camorose

    SO. GOOD.

  • camorose

    Yes! I actually interned as copy editor of the sports section of the Colorado Springs Gazette for a summer in college–and I loved that watching ESPN was part of my job! It was always so fun to watch the top 10 moments every night at work :)

  • Jill

    Love the first photo – what a classic! And I have never been but would love to go – love “throw back in time” places!

  • That pizza looks incredible! We were just in NYC in December, but I’ll need to remember this place for the next time I go!

  • Wow, that’s a long time making pizza! The photos are great and the pizza looks awesome, hope you enjoyed!

  • camorose

    Yes! It was so great and it really felt like nothing had changed in the 45 years that it’s been open.

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s not really in the heart of Brooklyn, but it’s a fun little adventure–especially if the weather is good since it’s on the way to Coney Island!

  • camorose

    It was delicious–I already want to go back!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    If I ever visit NY….. it’s a must! :)

  • I watched the video, what an amazing story! Hopefully I can visit one day!

  • camorose

    Yes! A little out of the way but delicious!

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s a fun little adventure!

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