Monday, August 03, 2009

A $5 Slice of Pizza??

Yep, right here in Brooklyn:

On Avenue J in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, a small cup of coffee costs $1.39. An 18-stick package of gum is $1.49. And at Di Fara Pizza, the price of a plain cheese slice: $5.

Crowds form at the counter at Di Fara and spill onto the sidewalk. They are not an angry mob, but a hungry one. Some order two slices, for $10, and some, like Frank Mancino, a retired electrician from Bath Beach, Brooklyn, whose girth is a statement about his allegiance to pizza in general and Di Fara in particular, order a whole square pie, for $30.

“Worth it,” said Mr. Mancino, 64, between bites on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s like they dug up my grandma and she made the pie.”


Wow. That's some pretty expensive pizza. I have to confess that I find myself in the "I want to try it" group, as opposed to the "that's outrageous, I'd never go there" group. But I sure wouldn't be getting it for lunch every day at that price...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have tried Di Fara's once and its really reallly good... The owner still makes the pizzas, and the part i like best, just before he serves the pie, he adds some olive oil and lots of basil.. which just makes it heavenly!!!

I think its worth the price once a while.. but i hope they get a little more organized and efficient.. as the wait is over half hour even at non peak hours...

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Anonymous said...

Not the MOST expensive thing in Brooklyn, and it might actually be worth it!

Little Dough Girl said...

I say, try it once to know what the hoopla is about and be done with it! Ooooooo peer pressure. Oh, and be sure to write about it. In great greasy messy detail. Leave nothing out.

bugbear said...

I live in a much smaller town where there's a place that sells a slice of pizza with two topping for $4.25 ($2.75 for the slice, 75 cents each per topping.

It's a huge huge slice though-you can barely fit it on two plates.
However, it doesn't sound as delicious as the pizza slice described in the article.

As to price,$5 doesn't seem that outrageous. It's the norm for eating out. Which is why I normally pack my own lunch and cook dinner at home.

Anonymous said...

You need more than one slice to fill you up, though. I inhaled an entire pie after waiting an hour (and more than a year of reading about his pies) in line. I bet at least $9 of bufala mozzarella and olive oil go onto that pizza.