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NYC’s famed Di Fara Pizza shut down amid tax woes

2019-08-20

Di Fara Pizza is pictured in 2013 in Midwood, Brooklyn. (Aaron Showalter/New York Daily News)

This slice cuts the deepest.

Brooklyn’s most beloved pizza joint has shut down amid apparently outstanding state tax bills.

The depressing revelation came Tuesday as pictures of the shuttered Di Fara Pizza in Midwood began to circulate on social media.

People wait for pizza at Di Fara's in 2013.
People wait for pizza at Di Fara's in 2013. (Aaron Showalter/New York Daily News)

“This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the state of New York,” said one notice labeled NYS Department of Taxation and Finance and attached to the Avenue J storefront’s metal gate.

Another notice listed the name and number of what appeared to be a state tax compliance agent, but the agent did not return calls for comment.

Dominic Demarco holds one of his signature pies at Di Fara's in 2013.
Dominic Demarco holds one of his signature pies at Di Fara's in 2013. (Aaron Showalter/New York Daily News)

The agency’s press office also did not immediately respond to questions.

Di Fara, which is known as much for its delicious slices covered in fresh basil as it is for its grungy vibe, has been a city mainstay since 1965.

According to records kept by the state Department of State, the pizzeria owed the state more than $80,000 as of Feb. 2019.