Well, the Brooklyn part of my NY trip is over, and I managed 4 pizza's in 3 days. Di Fara's was a trip. It is much, much smaller than it looks on the you tube videos and looks to not have changed in years. Rusty old cooler, a few cheap beat up Formica tables, a stained case of tomatoes at Dom's feet, his shoes covered with flour dust, an ancient broken cash register next to the one that works, this place felt like the original NY pizza joint and should be in a movie set. I watched him check and pull pie after pie out of the oven with his bare hands, and grate the cheese for and make each pie one by one. I can't say what was better; the pizza or the experience.
Motorino was excellent, but in a diff way. We sat as near the oven as possible as I watched the pizzaiolo's with great interest and the owner moved about checking on everything. As luck would have it, the main man Mathieu rejected one of our pizza's, had words in Italian (as near as I could tell) with the pizzaiolo who then disappeared into the back never to return. Mathieu then remade the pie and brought it to our table personally and apologized for the delay which was no big deal as these are like 2 minutes pies. We had a brief conversation that Mathieu ended, reminding us the pies needed to be eaten while hot, but promised to return, which he did after we had devoured them. We were introduced to Anthony (sort of a host or manager) who took us behind the counter to the oven, told us all about the process and oven and answered all our questions. Mathieu returned and we chatted for quite a while and again openly answered every question I posed. Motorino, he told me, is what the residents of Italy call the popular motor scooters that apparently are all over, and he chose the name cause they are cheap and fast. We talked about Michigan as that is where his wife is from and where he first ate a rueben sandwich which he now loves, ingredients, temps, his oven, what makes a great pizza, and on and on. A total class act and the best pizza I have ever had. Motorino is simply a must visit and I only wish I had not waited until my last day so I could have went back again.
Grimaldi's was closed on Sun so I didn't get to try it and none of the others are worth mentioning after Di Fara's and Motorino.
Thanks again for the tips and now I can't wait to get back for more.