Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got a dispatch that seems to have been sitting in the inbox far too long. But here it is nonetheless. A missive from longtime reader Makanmata.
I thought your readers might be interested to know that Dom's well deserved fame has now spread to Brazil.
Walking down the street in Rio de Janeiro last week, my eye was caught by a pizza appearing on a television playing above a juice bar that I happened to be passing by. I quickly realized that it wasn't just any pizza, but a DiFara pie—and a wide shot of people eating pizza amidst green walls confirmed this—and called my wife over in happy disbelief as to just how far Dom's (entirely justified) veneration has travelled.
The video, which is a nice homage to Dom and his work, is available at the Globo website, complete with interviews of Dom and Maggie and breathless commentary about how patrons wait hours in the heat to pay $5 for a slice of pizza.
As a New Yorker living part-time in Rio, I can also report to my fellow Slice readers that there is some good pizza to be found here. Although lacking the super high notes of places like Di Fara or Franny's that we have in Nova Iorque, the quality level of the average pizza here is better than the mediocre—and ever sinking—level of the average slice available in New York, and Neapolitan-style wood-burning ovens are fairly common here in Rio. Of special interest are Pizza al Taglio, which sells authentic Roman-style pizza by the gram in Leblon at Rua Góis, 234, and Capricciosa at Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 134 in Ipanema, which has excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas and where the wait for a table can be as long as at Di Fara.