Di Fara Pizza

1424 Avenue J
Brooklyn NY 11230
(718) 258-1367
Categories Food

Domenico DeMarco is somewhat of a local celebrity, having owned and operated Di Fara in Midwood, Brooklyn, since 1964. Dom cooks up both New York and Sicilian-style pizza Wednesday through Sunday for hungry New Yorkers and tourists willing to wait in long lines and brave the free-for-all that is the Di Fara counter experience. Yes, you're better off getting a whole pie than throwing down money on the $5 slice. Yes, it's a trek (we’re talking 11 subway stops out of Manhattan on the Q train to Avenue J here), and sure, Dom goes through periods where the underside of the pizza can trend toward overdone, but when he's on, Di Fara can present a very strong case for making America's best pizza. If you want to understand why before you make the trip, check out the great video about Di Fara called The Best Thing I Ever Done. -- Arthur Bovino

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Dan Myers, Editor

One of New York's Great Slices. The New York style of pizza is a completely different breed from the Neapolitan style, Chicago-style, and countless other pizza varieties. It's big, cut into 6 to 8 slices, and is firm on the bottom, able to hold up to toppings, as opposed to... Read More

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Square Pizza with sausage; Regular Pizza with artichoke; DiFara special
"Square Pizza with sausage; Regular Pizza with artichoke; DiFara special"
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  1. pbarber "Topped with freshly grown basil, DiFara's offers the best fresh cut of square pizza in the city. With Buffalo Mozzorella, and a prefectly cooked crust, this slice is worth the trip to Brooklyn."
"Topped with freshly grown basil, DiFara's offers the best fresh cut of square pizza in the city. With Buffalo Mozzorella, and a prefectly cooked crust, this slice is worth the trip to Brooklyn."

Around the Web
Di Fara Pizza - Midwood - New York Magazine Restaurant Guide
If you’re looking for great thin-crust pizza and feeling intrepid, travel out to DiFara’s in Brooklyn. See the review of this Pizza restaurant at 1424 Ave. J in Brooklyn.
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Serious Eats
This legendary Brooklyn pizzeria garners two hour waits for $5 slices. And yes, it's worth it. Just read up on the rules.
Juston Payne
If you want the best, you've gotta work for it. Get there before it opens if you want to wait for 20 minutes instead of 2 hours.
Joseph Cohen
say hi to dom for me
Gilt City
Domenico De Marco opened Di Fara in 1964, and today, the famed pizzaiolo still makes his own tomato sauce and grows his own basil. The line can sometimes reach two hours: but the wait is worth it.
Adam Kuban
You're probably already here, so my tip to GO BEFORE OPENING is probably wasted on you. So I'll just say, GET A WHOLE PIE. Round or square. Both great. It's not worth the wait for only a slice or two.
Rebecca Edelstein
Greatest pizza in the world; nothing else to it....Dom makes his pizza with love he's a hard working living legend
Food Network
On Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Sunny Anderson reveals her favorite Italian dish, Pizza with Mushrooms and Garlic, from Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn, NY. Find more tips at FN Local.
PizzaSnobo pizzasnobo.com
Yes, it’s still great pizza and maybe you should go there once in your life. But traveling there, combined with the long wait once you arrive, takes up just too much time.
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Slice Pizza Blog
If you want any chance at doing something else with your afternoon or evening, get there about a half hour before it opens. Order a whole pie; it's not worth the trip to get it by the slice.
The Standard
NY (Eat): My favorite food venue in Brooklyn is Di Fara's – Chef Dan Silverman, The Standard Grill
Think pizza only tastes great from wood or coal burning ovens? Think again. Fresh, quality ingredients imported from Italy set these pies apart - try the real, thick-cut pepperoni or fresh artichokes.
Scott Taylor
The best pizza you can possibly eat in New York City. Others will scream about Grimaldi's or some other place, the is no better pizza than Di Fara. Take the Q train to Ave J, you will never regret it
The Corcoran Group
Dominick is a true pizza master and takes his time to get it right. Be patient and don't be picky. You will be back. Cash only
Devin McNulty
best pizza on earth.
Adam Kuban
Leo Borovskiy
Order a plain pie the first time you go - then come back to experiment.
Joe D
Exercise patience, receive pizza.
waisum t
If you love pizza. This is the place to go. You might have to wait at the counter for a while, so get there early.
Kathryn Yu
Go to Di Fara. Get there before he opens (around noon). Barely a line to speak of.
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