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Famed Midwood pizzeria Di Fara reopens two days after shuttering due to unpaid taxes

Back in business: Di Fara Pizza reopened Thursday after being seized by the state for failing to pay $167,506 in taxes.
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The food fight is over!

Midwood’s iconic pizzeria Di Fara reopened Thursday after reaching an agreement with the state to settle its sizable tax debt, the Mayor’s office confirmed.

“Just got the keys back ! Thank you New York!” the pizzeria said in an Instagram post Thursday afternoon.

The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance seized the revered pizza shop Tuesday for failing to pay $167,506 in taxes, causing an uproar among pizza aficionados, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who tweeted that he would “do anything” to reopen the 54-year-old pizza joint.

“Di Fara is THE best pizza place in New York City,” de Blasio said in a Tuesday morning tweet. “It MUST be saved. I’m ready to do anything I can to get them reopened — as are thousands of New York City pizza-lovers.”

New Yorkers quickly accused the Mayor of misusing his resources and having misaligned priorities — even Gov. Andrew Cuomo chimed in.

“He has no legal authority to forgive state taxes,” Cuomo said during a tour of the New York State Fair in Syracuse. “Now, if he wants to pay the $200,000 on behalf of the pizza place, he can do that. That’s fine. And if he wants to get $200,000 worth of pizza, that’s his business. But he can’t forgive state taxes.”

State Sen. Andrew Gounrdes (D–Bay Ridge) also criticized de Blasio for his debt forgiveness efforts.

“I like Di Fara’s too, but I dunno, maybe they can pay their taxes?” he tweeted. “The notion that we’re gonna pull out all the stops to help a business that owes > $160K in taxes when there are more pressing issues and many people who need real help is kinda absurd.”

The Mayor’s office claims that it had nothing to do with the reopening, but will be in touch with Margaret Mieles, the daugther of the pizzeria’s owner, should anything go awry.

“She’s in touch with our Emergency Response Team over at Small Business Services and will let us know if she needs anything,” said Freddi Goldstein, the Mayor’s press secretary.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 1:43 pm, August 22, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

sid from boerum hill says:
you no paya the tax you no ya bake a pie...
Aug. 22, 12:54 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Trashy people.
Aug. 22, 2:57 pm
Fidle Faddle from Paerdock says:
DeFara's shutters every night and has done so for years. And then it un-shutters every morning. Same is true for most wholesale and retail establishments. What has happened to the English language.? too mush influence of the New York Time$ and the rest of the ignorant media.
Aug. 22, 3:23 pm
Kevin Hough from Ditmas Park says:
What about the business owners that struggle and still pay their taxes, on time? This is not cool. At 167K he was not paying for a while, and was no surprise to the owners. Equal protection under the law. Some inequality here for sure.
Aug. 22, 3:27 pm
Herb schemings from Kensington says:
Should have kept this overpriced dump closed
Aug. 22, 3:28 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Can’t pay taxes on time, but has no problem coming up with $170k in a day!? Sleezey
Aug. 22, 5:11 pm
Evon from Midwood says:
Ive lived in this neighborhood all my life and had their pizza a few times. You couldn't pay me to eat their pizza. Even for thousands of dollars. Dirty place and the owners use dirty hands to make the pizza. Have seen roaches. Their pizza is horrible.
Aug. 22, 10:09 pm
Marion Francis from Midwood says:
Brooklyn Paper shuttered last night!!! This morning they un-shuttered by re-opeming for business. Happens all the time. Good english and proper usage of words prevents any misunderstanding.
Aug. 23, 4:06 pm
Marion Francis from Prospect Height says:
The neighborhood wants DiFaro's permanently and immediately shuttered. To them, the pizzeria is treif and can't be tolerated in a Glatt Kosher area.
Aug. 23, 4:15 pm
Gladys Berkowitz-Rabinowitz from Century Village says:
Treif? Sounds like a loving and tolerant community Marion!
Aug. 23, 5:25 pm
Jim says:
Ave J was a bit more diverse in the 80s. I remember the Parthenon Greek diner, a very good Italian restaurant and the Midwood theater.
Aug. 25, 2:58 am

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