Sorry I haven’t posted in a day… my computer is still in the shop and my back-up is SO slow that the process of posting becomes 1 hour instead of 20 minutes! I hope to get my computer back on Monday (and I hope the memory has been restored!) but data recovery is, apparently, a really long process.
I did want to post about a fun adventure I took yesterday with a bunch of my girlfriends. My friend Anna has a car, so she kindly and generously offered to pick each one of us up and drive down to Midwood, Brooklyn to Di Fara Pizza. I’ve been wanting to try Di FaraPizza for the longest time… ever since I read about it years ago. Domenico De Marco, the owner and chef, has been making his famous pizza for four decades…. his slices are considered to be the best (or one of the best) pizza slices in NYC. He makes each pie HIMSELF by hand, and rotates them HIMSELF in his gas oven as they cook…. no one else touches them. He works with his son, who helps take orders and keep things organized, but Mr. De Marco controls the pizza.
The place is no frills- it’s all about the pizza. The menu is really simple as well:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Di Fara after reading all about the amazing process. I didn’t want to have too high of expectations- so I kept an open mind. We all figured there would be a really long line and that the process would take a while, because he makes each pie slowly and meticulously.
Here are some action shots of the pizza master hard at work:
After he takes each pie out of the oven, he cuts fresh basil (grown in his window), grates fresh cheese, and sprinkles olive oil over each pie.
OK… How cute is he?!
The line actually was not bad for a Saturday at lunchtime. We waited maybe 15 minutes to order…. and I was excited!
We did have to wait about an hour for the pizza to come, though- as expected. When it did come, though, it was TOTALLY worth it.
We ordered two pizzas between the 4 of us- and took a lot home for leftovers. We all were ready to EAT though, and knew it would be a splurge. (I went to the gym for an hour workout yesterday, just so I would feel no guilt about indulging in as much pizza as I wanted… I mean, this was a once in a lifetime experience, no?)
So, our first pizza that came out was a plain cheese – with basil on top, of course!
Ummm, yeah. It tasted as good as it looked.
The crust was excellent- thin and crispy, but not so thin that the slices were soggy in the middle. PERFECT.
The basil is a genius addition! It gets almost crispy as it sits on the hot, bubbling cheese and sauce. And no one flavor is too overpowering: the cheese, the sauce, the crust- just simple, clean flavors that complement each other beautifully.
And after my friends were kind enough to let me take a bunch of pictures, we dug in! I had one, amazing slice of this pizza, but held back on another because I was waiting for our OTHER pizza!
We ordered a square pizza with pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms. UMMMMM NO WORDS.
OK, so I will try to describe this in words: thick, chewy crust, hot bubbling sauce, hand-cut Italian salami… really, my heaven. (Yes, I am aware that I am exhibiting food porn on my site… sorry, guys- hope I don’t get into trouble!).
I had 2 slices of this pie- it was some of the best pizza I have ever tasted in my life.
So, I definitely ate to my heart’s content… but not too much that I felt sick. If there is ever a time to just enjoy food and not worry about calories, fat, etc., it is times like these- once in a lifetime opportunities! I am so glad I was able to go out to Di Fara’s and have such an incredible foodie experience. I was in heaven!
If any of you readers live in NYC, I highly recommend making the trip. And even for you adventurous readers who may visit… head out there for the day! It is worth the trip, worth the wait! (And, you can bring extra’s home for leftovers! 🙂 )
Alright guys, I’m off… as soon as I have my computer, normal blogging will resume. For now, I will be posting when I have the time. Have a great Sunday!