'DeMarcos' on Serious Eats

DJ Bubbles Wishes You a Happy New Year

Isabella's Oven, 365 Grand Street, New York NY 10002 (near Essex Street; map); 212-529-5206 It's been a while since the Bubbster has had much to say about anything on this fair weblog. I've been astray for some time now, but I've found my way home. Although, I must say, it doesn't feel much like home in recent weeks. Isabella's Oven causing such an uproar on the site because of a recent dip in quality certainly isn't music to my ears. And who wants to respond to comments in CAPS from Jeff B when he suggests that Two Boots is... More

A Sunday Night Slice Walk, a DJ Bubbles Drive-By

Or, 'A Plain Slice Review of Pizza 33, Mike's Pizza, Andiamo Pizzeria, Pizzanini, Ben's Pizzeria, and DeMarco's' View Larger Map This past Sunday, like so many of mine, was all about the pie. I started with a noon jaunt down to Luzzo's to reconfirm my love for the Naples-born Margherita DOC. However, as I was coming from uptown, I stumbled first upon good ol' Vinny Vincenz, as it's only one block north of Luzzo's on First Avenue. I had to at least stop in and grab one of Vin's excellent Sicilian slices, just to use it as a base case!... More

The Dominator: He's Back

This Serious Eats stuff I've gotten myself into is a weird business. Blogging about pizza, burgers, and other food is now part of my job, so it wasn't out of the realm of the ordinary to take part of the day to go out to Di Fara Pizza. The joint had just reopened after having a nasty run-in with the New York City Department of Health. As many of you know, the DOH smackdown wasn't pretty. Along with minor violations like failure to wear a hat and gloves, references to mouse poop and unsanitary conditions peppered the report. But,... More

Update on Shooter at DeMarco's

Looks like the gunman who killed a bartender at Greenwich Village pizzeria DeMarco's and then two auxiliary police officers was not a former employee of the pizzeria, as was previously postulated. The New York Times: A neighborhood resident, Tina Lourenco, told reporters that she had seen the gunman and recognized him as a former employee of the pizzeria. But Dominick De Marco Jr., whose sister, Margaret Mieles, is a part owner of the pizza parlor, said Mr. Garvin was probably not a former employee, but instead a former customer. Also from the Times, speculation on the motive: Mr. Garvin, who... More

DeMarco's Bartender Killed in Shooting

Some sad news today. Romero Morales, a bartender at DeMarco's Pizzeria (a kinda-sorta offshoot of legendary Di Fara) was shot and killed last night for unknown reasons by a gunman. The shooter ran from DeMarco's and was chased by two auxiliary policemen—Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy Marshalik—, who were then shot and killed by the gunman. The shooter, in turn, was shot and killed by cops arriving on the scene moments later. The New York Times says: It was unclear last night what lay behind the first shooting at the pizzeria, DeMarco’s at 146 Macdougal Street. The police said the... More

'Battle of the Boroughs' Pizza Contest

A SLICE WITH LIFE A slice with LIFE? Make Make that five slices with LIFE. The magazine, reincarnated in 2004 as a weekend newspaper insert, asked me to serve on a panel of five judges in its "Battle of the Boroughs" pizza contest. Five slices, five boroughs, five pizzerias, five judges: Let the conspiracy theorists go wild. To find the best of each borough, the magazine tallied votes on its website a few weeks ago. Reppin' their respective regions were: DeMarco's (Manhattan), Joe & Pat's (Staten Island), L&B Spumoni Gardens (Brooklyn), Louie & Ernie's (The Bronx), and Singas Famous (Queens).... More

DeMarco's Pizza on Z100 This Morning

It's 2:45 in the morning as I post here, so it's not likely many readers will hit on this before it happens, but some folks from DeMarco's Pizza will be on Z100 Morning Zoo show at 7 a.m. Why? Tune in (100.3FM) or visit Slice later in the morning to find out. FURTHER READING All Slice posts on DeMarco's [The Slice Archives]... More

Humble Pie

photograph by Andrew Hyatt I ran across the photo above on a blog by Andrew Hyatt. Mr. Hyatt describes it as such: My local slice shop, "A&J Pizza," has the slogan on their box: "You've tried the rest..." I'll stop right there for a second. Now, your Manhattan place would fill that out with the standard "now try the best!" But that's just not how we do it in Queens. No, "You've tried the rest, now try A&J for a change." On the same site, Mr. Hyatt also writes about DeMarco's. The most modest pizza slogan ever and More... More

DiCaprio in DeMarco's

From the Sightings featurette in Page Six in today's New York Post: LEONARDO DiCaprio scarfing down three slices of pizza at DeMarco's on Houston Street. DiCaprio in DeMarco's, eh? Three slices, eh? We'll take that as a celebrity endorsement of the place—a place that has generated much debate over the quality of its food and service. FURTHER READING All Slice posts on DeMarco's [The Slice Archives]... More

Daily News Pizza Roundup

This is another week-old one that we neglected to post about during our renovation. The Daily News did a roundup of New York City's best pizzerias last week. As we told Eater, the new foodblog from the folks who brought you Curbed: A nice roundup, I think. A lot of it is old hat to me, but there were some nice surprises in there, particularly a couple Brooklyn places (Graziella's, Laura's) that have been lurking one or two neighborhoods over from Slice HQ.Irene Sax knows her stuff, and I agree with most of her assessments, although I don't know why... More

DeMarco's in the 'New Yorker'

It's an embarrassment of riches today in terms of DeMarco's reviews. It was brought to our attention this morning by friend and Slice reader J.J.J. that the New Yorker features DeMarco's in its Tables for Two column this week. It seems you either love DeMarco's or hate it, and the New Yorker seems to love it. And speaking of love, Slice loves that fact that we get a passing mention in the review: Over the past few months, nervous anticipation has characterized discussions among pizza fiends about the quasi-expansion of Brooklyn’s legendary Di Fara’s into Manhattan. To begin with,... More

'Daily News' Pans DeMarco's

Getting to this a bit late here, but on Friday, the Daily News panned DeMarco's, the new-ish Di Fara–affiliated spin-off in Manhattan at Houston and MacDougal streets. We were particularly interested in this item because a friend of ours, Youthlarge had posted on her site that she and her husband thought it blew, and we've been getting a lot of comments on our review of DeMarco's, where the pizzeria is taking a beating. Here's what the News's Irene Sax has to say: ... Are the new guys as good? The answer, sadly, is no, even though the new place... More

Lost In Translation

Slice reader Youthlarge just visited DeMarco's Pizza and wrote us an e-mail with a funny anecdote: Listmaker and I went to DeMarco's sit-down last night. What a major bummer. Some Japanese girls next to us were totally talking about your site ("They took pictures of the bottoms of the pizza!" was the clue) but were giving MUG the credit. WTF, I wanted to ask, but we wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. Youthlarge was referring to Manhattan User's Guide, a handy site filled with great links, events, and information about New York City. MUG had... More


Eating For Two: Slice editor in chief Adam K. was originally going to grab a quick couple of slices at new Village pizzeria DeMarco's before heading home after work Tuesday night. But then the idea struck: Why not also visit Di Fara's, the inspiration for the Manhattan newcomer? And so we sampled plain slices from both pizzerias that night. The photos at left above are from DeMarco's; those at right are from Di Fara. Click the image below right for an enlarged view of the interior space of DeMarco's take-out operation. The photos above also WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY... More

DeMarco's Open

The pizzeria affiliated with the now-legendary Di Fara is open, and reports are beginning to trickle in to Slice and starting to appear on Chowhound. Here's what Slice reader Mike had to say about the place: Had a slice of their regualar pie. I have to say it's pretty close (almost there) to a Di Fara's slice. (Very good as far as pizza goes.) I was happy to see Dom's daughter there overseeing the kitchen. Has potential! Here's a link to the discussion on the Chowhound Manhattan message board: DiMarco's Report As you can imagine, Slice is fairly busy as... More

MacDougal 'Di Fara' To Be Named DeMarco's

From the New York Observer (last item): All is not lost for New York's pizza lovers. Sure, there was plenty of hand-wringing in recent weeks when Joe's Pizza and its overrated pies lost the lease on their fabled location at the corner of Bleecker and Carmine streets. But now, it looks like the best-rated pizza in the city is coming to Manhattan. The family behind DiFara's legendary pizzeria in Midwood, Brooklyn, has partnered with Jeff Schwartz, a retired schoolteacher, to open a restaurant/bar at the corner of Houston and Macdougal in the Village. The deal was not without its... More

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