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DiFara Pizza in Brooklyn, NY. The Best Pizza in New York City

Brooklyn is famous for a great many things. There’s the Brooklyn Bridge, Jackie Gleason and amazing pizza. Pizza, you say? Yep, pizza. The best pizza in New York City and quite possibly anywhere in the world is located right in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood of Midwood in Brooklyn, NY.
Many people have heard of DiFara’s pizza of course. They’ve been written up in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine and many others. The pizza is simply amazing, with a mix of fresh mozzarella, fresh buffalo mozzarella and grana padana, a kind of sharp cheese which adds a nice balance to the mixture. Then there’s the pizza sauce, made fresh daily from both canned and fresh tomatoes by the owner and sole pizza maker, Dom DeMarco. Dom has been making the pizza pies in his restaurant for over 30 years and in all that time, no one has ever been allowed to touch the pizza dough but Dom himself. He is a perfectionist and he loves his pizza. It is not uncommon to wait an hour or more for a slice of Dom’s pizza, but it is so worth every moment of the wait.
What is truly remarkable of course regarding DiFara is not just that the pizza is the best in New York and Brooklyn. It’s that this is a non kosher pizza joint in a neighborhood dominated by Orthodox Jews. There are at least half a dozen other pizza joints within a five minute walk of Dom’s place (all kosher) and yet the lines at DiFara often will extend out the door. And that’s with a tiny, hot restaurant, where cleanliness is sometimes left wanting (it’s a family run business and it’s usually just Dom and one of his daughters, which means that you will likely have to clear your own table. If you can get a table that is.).
The secret is Dom’s insistence on using the absolute best ingredients. He imports much of what he uses, including the flour, extra virgin olive oil and cheese from Italy and basil from Israel. Every ingredient is lovingly worked on and no detail is left to chance. If you ask for sautéed vegetables on your pizza, you’re not going to see them pull a tub of soggy, ready made sautéed vegetables out of the fridge. The veggies will be prepared fresh for sprinkling on your pizza right then and there, usually by Dom’s daughter while he spins the pizza dough for you. That’s how Dom’s always done it and that’s how he intends to continue doing it.
If you’re making a special trip to Brooklyn for the pizza at DiFara, may I suggest placing and order and then wandering around the neighborhood for a bit. There’s not a whole lot to see, but you can poke your head into some of the Judaica shops nearby and see what all the fuss is about there. There are also a few gift shops in the area and silver is very big as well (though it’s most Jewish oriented).
Just make sure to tell Dom what you want and get an idea of how long it will be. And whatever you do, don’t be late. Dom doesn’t like to serve the best pizza in New York cold.
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Avenue J (right near the Q train Avenue J stop)
Brooklyn NY 11230
Cash only.
Open approximately 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.