Just chiming in, as I'm trying to develop a great cooked sauce for my squares and I loved DiFara's cooked sauce.
- Though a cooked sauce, it still has a fresh taste to it. This, to me, does not taste like a cooked marinara sauce. There is no discernible garlic taste to me. It's very well balanced. There may very well be some canned tomato being added back to the sauce.
- I did not detect any "meatiness" in the sauce. I could be wrong.
If I had to guess, probably canned tomatoes cooked with a halved onion and some herbs for a few hours, before adding some uncooked canned tomatoes back to the sauce.
4th time at Difara in a month. Ordered a regular pie with pepperoni and I asked for some sauce on the side to eat with the pizza, and she gave it to me in a plastic cup straight from the metal pizza sauce pot on the bench.
It is definitely cooked sauce with addition of uncooked roughly cut canned tomatoes added to it. The cut tomatoes taste fresher and brighter than the rest of sauce. A nice contrast.
There is an underlying meaty smokiness and slighlty fatty taste to the sauce, I identify it as pork. I'm fairly certain the sauce is cooked with a small block of pancetta and removed after. This is what my former boss used to do as well back in the 80's. The herbs I taste are fresh oregano, fresh basil. I can see the herbs are chopped and larger than dried herbs.