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Di Fara: Rant and Response

'Eating at Di Fara is like eating in a coal mine.'

For almost as long as I've been writing about Di Fara here, my wife has threatened to write an anti–Di Fara screed. That day has come. Here, I let her rant and then respond afterward. Take it away, "Girl Slice"! —AK

A plain Sicilian pizza at Di Fara. [Photographs: Adam Kuban]

'Girl Slice' says ...

As the wife of the "Slicemeister General," I get asked on a fairly regular basis if I like Di Fara, which is arguably the pizzeria on which Slice's reputation was based. I emphatically answer NO. I do not like Di Fara at all. I have been four or five times, and I have never had a good time. Why not? Let me enumerate:


Waiting in front of Di Fara.

The Pizza Vultures Were Here

The oiliness is evidenced by the plates and the amount of napkins left behind.

Hello, Di Fara

All the tables empty? This is a rare occurrence.

Specialty Pizza Toppings at Di Fara

I have long admired Jeffrey Steingarten, never more so than when he posted his epic comment on Slice saying, "And so when I stumbled upon another series of disappointing peans to Di Fara, I finally could not longer stifle my continual instinct to increase the volume of truth in the Cosmos rather than decrease it."


Adam says ...





A slice from the semidried cherry tomato pizza. No, it really doesn't have much to do with what I'm talking about immediately below, but it's a pretty picture from a recent set of actual honest-to-goodness film photos I took while there, and I wanted to work them into this post. (Nikon FM2, 50mm f/1.8 lens, Fujicolor 800)


I guess Di Fara is one of those things you either love or hate. I love it. Always have.

And for anyone wondering how I can live with someone who hates the place, consider this: nobody's going to steal the Di Fara leftovers I bring home.


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About the authors: Adam Kuban is the founder of Slice. You can follow him as @akuban on Twitter. Girl Slice is the Mary Matalin to Kuban's James Carville.

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