Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got ... an email from a guy in some band or other.
Dom for president!
Dom for president? I second the nomination.
Wow. Nice meditation on what makes Dom and Di Fara so special. Thanks for passing that link along.
I think you've nailed it with the bit about imperfections. To quote:
But, for me, what makes the pizza truly outstanding and worthy of genius status is its inconsistencies and 'imperfections.' A Di Fara's pie is not uniform all around. It's just the opposite. The crust is slightly burnt and darker on one side but cooked at a more moderate temperature on another; the cheese is more concentrated in some places and more spread out in others; on one side, the cheese would be cooked slightly longer than the other; the dough is thinner here and more dense there; large chunks of tomatoes poking through in some spots are absent everywhere else; the basil is scattered about. This results in contrasts in texture: some parts are gentle, soft, and moist and others are chewy, tough, and dry; flavors range from sweet and mild to bitter and fiery.
When you look at Dom's pies, you know there's evidence of the handmade about them--and, perhaps, evidence of a mind focused on flavor rather than some obsessive-compulsive need to make a perfectly round pizza with X-many ounces of cheese per quadrant.
And I have to say, you must have timed it just right. There's NOBODY in the background of your photos.
Hasta la pizza,