28 July 2008

My Letter to Grub Street

Dearest Josh and Daniel,

As a punk at heart I am well versed on the strategies of "theres no such thing as bad press" but I had no idea what my little words would incite. That said, I am happy to see people so fired up over the one religion I can get behind: pizza. Tomato sauce, mozzarella and dough: I'll pick up a rifle and kill for that Holy Trinity any day. Regardless, I think you've missed the point.

Tim and Nina Zagat have made a living rating the "Food, Decor, Service and Cost" of restaurants, yes? In my outspoken Di Fara's review I've expounded upon 3 of the 4 criteria.

You are assuming that had I stayed and suffered through the tear gas for a $20 pie I would have somehow forgiven the rest of the things I discussed. Truth be told it wouldn't have changed anything. I would've just ended with "but the pizza is fantastic". You're assuming that I would have been SO blown away by Dirty Dom's pie that I would've NEGLECTED to even mention the filth and the smoke. This is where you are wrong.

I know people who've been going to Di Fara's for years; a dozen years before everyone started writing them up. Back when Brooklyn was still Mars to most everyone. Back then Di Fara's was an institution; a little hole in the wall spot that only the locals knew about. So whom do you think is responsible for "the hipsters and pseudo-foodies" doing the place a disservice? Surely not us Brooklynites or the local Midwood pizza lovers.

I could get into gentrification and all that crap but I'd rather keep it light and sweet. We're arguing about pizza for fucks sake. Let's relax. I love that the man takes his pizza seriously and takes his time with each pie. I wasn't a guy who got upset when Nirvana got popular. I'm just saying the place is filthy and for all the cache and cult status he's acquired, at $20 a pie, lets clean the place up. Roaches aren't that charming.

P.S. - Don't get me started on another place you all love to herald, Tanoreen.

Love,

Gotham City Insider

2 comments:

Jamaal said...

I have to admit that I'm a sucker for Tanoreen's. Maybe it's b/c it was the first restaurant I visited when I moved to Bay Ridge. But the hype that food bloggers have about some places inspires hate.

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