This past weekend, DF and I went on a trip back to his roots. 4 days total, 2 travelling and 2 in New Jersey. Arrgghh!! Not that I didn't have fun in the Garden State but travelling out there is quite the slog.
DF had it in his brain that we should visit a pizza place he'd seen recently in the NY Times: Di Fara's. They'd recently raised their slice price to $5 for a plain one. Controversy! So OK, I think it's kind of a strange quest, but he's the one who's willing to drive from New Jersey through Manhattan and on to Brooklyn and I'm only the navigator. Why not?
Oy vey, what a drive!! I would have to be committed before I'd drive in NYC, but DF has no fear and we survived, arriving in Midwood, Brooklyn in the early afternoon. This place is a hole in the wall. We walk inside and a little elderly Italian gentleman is hard at work making the pies. Here he is, cutting basil onto a pizza he just took out of the oven:
We waited around 45 minutes for our slices and devoured them on the steps of a nearby school.
OMG!! Worth the wait! Umm, umm, delicious!! $5 is a lot to pay for a slice, but they were really good and you'd pay that much for a fancy coffee at Starbuck's. And of course, I have a story to tell.
We did not go back through Manhattan, deciding to take the Verrazano Bridge back to New Jersey, which was much more enjoyable albeit longer. On the way back to the house, we stopped at DF's alma mater, Stevens Institute of Technology. Lovely campus in a great urban setting (Hoboken) with killer views of NYC. This picture was taken at Castle Point:
I'm still looking forward to a New Jersey trip where I can actually spend more time visiting than travelling. I'd love it if I could meet up with some of the NY/NJ gals for shopping and lunch too. Lindsay and Carolyn, are you game?