Serious Eats: Talk
Difara is closed... Now what?
I live in Philly and don't get to New York very often. I have Yankee tickets this Sunday and I am even dragging a good friend there to see the game but also to eat the best pizza I have ever had, DiFara.
Well, as some of you might know, Dom is taking some vacation time right in the middle of my trip.
My brother, who is also coming along (and who is a DiFara veteran) suggested we try another place. This was my response to him:
Let me tell you a story of a dark day on the life of my wife and myself - more my wife than me as you will see. It was another time that we did a New York trip and DiFara happened to be closed. Ever the diligent guy, I did some searching and we wound up going to Grimaldi's, a place just as famous - if not more so - than DiFara.
We waited in a long line and then finally got a pizza that I say was underwhelming, but if you hear my wife explain it, it was the worst thing she ever put in her mouth. I believe this was simply because after dealing with a long wait while sitting under the Brooklyn Bridge and being used to DiFara, she was looking forward to greatness. And it didn't happen. And I am not quite sure she has ever forgiven me for this.
So I am reluctant to find a different pizza place given that she has now become even more of a snobby New Yorker than I could ever possible be - and all without even ever living there. It's quite an accomplishment. But she can also get as pissed off as a New Yorker, so that has to be taken into account as well.
Bearing all of this... does anyone have any suggestions for someone who loves DiFara, hated Grimaldi's and has a New York Pizza virgin in his midsts this Sunday afrernoon/evening?
We will have a car so any borough is fine as long as the place is open... I am counting on you guys for this!