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BREAKING: Di Fara is back!

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You asked for it, and the city delivered.

The legendary Di Fara’s Pizza re-opened today around 12:30 pm, after sailing through the city’s health re-inspection this morning with a squeaky clean restaurant.

“It feels like a grand opening,” said Margy DeMarco, who works along side her father, owner Domenico DeMarco, in the shop. “Fresh starts always feel good.”

The city shuttered the renowned pizzeria on Avenue J in Midwood, often named the city’s best, on Thursday after a surprise Health Department inspection netted it 67 violation points — and a “Closed” sticker.

Pizza lovers city-wide were up in arms — some accusing the department of trying to make a sacrificial pie out of the pizza-pontiffs.

At the time, the city said that the restaurant could re-open as soon as it took care of the crowds of mice in its kitchen, presumably drawn to the joint like their human counterparts for the delicious, lightly-charred and basil-inflected pizza it slings.

The mice are hopefully gone — but the typically jam-packed restaurant is sure to be overrun today with the pizza-junkies who have been forced to do without their beloved pies for almost a week.

The DeMarcos said they harbored no resentment toward the Health Department, but that the shutdown could have potentially been avoided.

“The [department] is trying to make things better and says its interest is in the public’s health,” said Margy. “But people will tell you they live for our pizza — they’re not dying over it.”

Per department rules, the restaurant will be re-inspected by the city next week before it can receive a new grade, but it would have gotten an “A” rating today, Margy said.

Di Fara Pizza will be open today, but closed for the holiday tomorrow, and then open again on Friday for normal business hours. Saturday it will be closed briefly for a private event.

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Reader Feedback

Publius from Bklyn USA says:
Dom is a national treasure.
Nov. 23, 2011, 2:24 pm
Jake Hammerhead from Brooklyn Heights says:
Shame On You Di Fara Pizza. You knew you had livestock
living in your restaurant. And now we learn
the secret ingredient in your Pizza was Mouse Turds and
the special sauce was number 1. ECCH !!!
Nov. 23, 2011, 3:56 pm
Faith in gov? from Bkyn says:
67 violations one day, clean bill of health the next? Is NYC playing games or shaking small biznesses down?
Nov. 23, 2011, 4:02 pm
Ellen from Bensonhurst says:
Forgive me for saying this, but I have no idea why everyone carries on about this place. I waited for almost two hours for a slice last year. When I got it, the cheese slid off the slice and I got a slice with about a half ounce of cheese. I asked the woman serving me to give me the cheese that was on my slice and she refused to. The bottom of my slice was burned. I do not like burned crust.
Nov. 23, 2011, 5:11 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
67 violations one day, clean bill of health the next?

It's called 'cleaning for the inspection' making the inspection meaningless - but Mayor for Life Mike has that classy paper sign to go in the window!
Nov. 25, 2011, 9:19 pm

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