Beloved Brooklyn Pizzeria Back In Business After Tax Troubles

WCBS 880 Newsroom
August 22, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Di Fara in Brooklyn

Larry Olmsted for USA TODAY


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A popular Brooklyn pizzeria is back in business two days after it was seized by the state over unpaid taxes.

Di Fara Pizza reopened Thursday after its owners worked out a payment plan to settle a $167,000 tax bill, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Just got the keys back!" the owners declared on Instagram.

Just got the keys back ! Thank you New York ! #nycfood #difara #pizza #sliceoflife #loveny #lovenyc #businesscasual

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Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted he was "glad to know the best slice in town will still be in Midwood for years to come."

De Blasio drew Cuomo's ire earlier this week when the mayor vowed to help resolve the situation.

“I spoke from the heart that I would do anything I possibly could to help them stay open  and we were going to immediately try and figure out what kind of payment plan, what kind of approach would work for them,” the mayor said at a press conference.

Cuomo noted that if de Blasio wanted “to pay the $200,000 on behalf of the pizza place, he can do that.”

The governor said the only way to save the famous pizza joint is to pay back the taxes that led state investigators to close it down.

"He has no legal authority to forgive state taxes. Now if he wants to pay the $200,000 on behalf of the pizza place he can do that, that's fine, and if he wants to get $200,000 worth of pizza that's his business," Cuomo told

The money owed dated back to 2014. The pizzeria blamed bad bookkeeping.