Beloved Brooklyn pizza joint Di Fara shut down due to unpaid taxes

John Montone
August 21, 2019 - 8:45 am
Di Fara pizza shuttered

Carol D'auria


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Renowned Brooklyn pizza joint Di Fara shuttered Tuesday after it was seized by the state for unpaid taxes.

“This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the state of New York,” read a notice which said it was from the “New York Department of Taxation and Finance” attached to the gate outside the Midwood restaurant.

A spokesman from the Taxation Department said the pizza place owes $167,506 in tax revenue.

Margaret Mieles, whose family owns the store, told Eyewitness News, “In May we were closed, we missed a payment, we made it in June. You don’t seize a business over one payment.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "Di Fara is THE best pizza place in New York City. It MUST be saved. I’m ready to do anything I can to get them reopened — as are thousands of New York City pizza-lovers. My team and I are looking into how we can help resolve this situation."

“Seizing a business is always our last resort,” said James Gazzale, a spokesman for the Taxation Department.

Owner and operator Domenico De Marco, 82, convened a family meeting to discuss next steps a relative told the Daily News.

Di Fara accrued acclaim over the years and famed chef and globetrotter Anthony Bourdain called their slices, “the best of the best.”

A second Williamsburg location remains open.

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