Di Fara’s Pizza Shuttered By Health Department

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Oh no! The city’s best pizzeria, Di Fara’s Pizza in Midwood, was shuttered by Department of Health inspectors yesterday after racking up 67 violation points.

Of course, it’s not a surprise to most familiar with the 1424 Avenue J location. The venerable pizzeria makes most fanatics feel torn. On the one hand: what a pizza! On the other: at $5 a slice, couldn’t you gussy the place up a bit?

Apparently the Health Department agreed with the assessment, and it’s not the first time. It was shut down at least two other times as recently as 2007. Here’s the run down of the latest violations.

  1. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
  2. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  3. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
  4. Personal cleanliness inadequate. Outer garment soiled with possible contaminant. Effective hair restraint not worn in an area where food is prepared.
  5. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  6. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
  7. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
  8. Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.
  9. Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

The business could reopen as soon as tomorrow, but they may take longer since the old man can apparently afford some time off.

From the Daily News:

Dom DeMarco Jr. brushed off the violations and said the family expects to reopen Wednesday, but only if his dad, Dom DeMarco Sr. — who still makes every pie personally, as he has for nearly 50 years — feels up to it.
“Sometimes when this happens, he sees it as a little bit of a break,” the son said.
“It’s very easy to get closed down by the Board of Health,” he added. “Any little thing can get you a few points. They add up. ”