Saturday, July 9, 2011

BROOKLYN ZA

This one is for Smiley!


On my recent trip to New York City I had one food quest at the top of the list... get some NY style pizza.  No disrespect to my Chicago roots with deep dish but I'm hands down a thin crust floppy sloppy New York Za kinda guy.  A lot of people were telling me to head to Brooklyn, soime said Grimaldi's others touted Di Fara.  What's a guy to do but just check them both out!


Since Hawaii is nearly devoid of this style of pizza, all I was really craving for was your average street side pizza by the slice joint to satisfy my pedestrian taste.  So on the way back from a shopping excursion from Chelsea Market, I chanced by a no-named joint called Stella's, no frills pizza by the slice that perfectly filled the spot. I loved it!


But I had to see what all the hooplah was about Brooklyn za.  So I started with Grimaldi's which was down the street from my brother-in-laws art studio in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.




Anticipating a long line we went early at 11am which proved good as we were seated immediately in a nearly full rustic dining room.  Ordered two za's, one cheese and one with
fresh mozz, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom




Good ingredients, charred crust but a little undercooked in the middle.  Sum it up... it was just good.






Now a little deeper into Brooklyn to Di Fara Pizza, 3 Metro's, about 20 minutes out of Wall Street. 


Got there late at 11:50am thinking they opened at 11:30 but wrong they open at 12 or when they want or depending on how Dominic feels that day, hey, give him respect he's 74. 


So standing in line, 3 peps in front of me, the wait begins! 
12:06 doors still not opened. 
12:12....
12:19 opened!






Dom is looking good!  He is the only one touching the pizzas, like a surgeon, all the ingredients are passed to him for his placement.

12:25 got my Za!
Perfect crust, clean sauce, fresh mozz, fresh hand torn basil by Dom himself, all is all a very good pie









Had the try the "squares" too so 12:39  they come out, like a cross between NY n Chicago deep, richer meat based sauce, damn good! My Winner hands down!





Worth the trip? Given the modest travel, relatively short wait and the squares... definitely yes. 




Thanks John!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

love! does this mean there is a pizza dog coming our way? ooh the possibilities...