Cuomo, de Blasio’s war on famous pizzeria fiscal problems

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New York’s top politicians are doing what the New York best — battle for the pizza.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo played hardball this week with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, according to the famous Brooklyn pizzeria Di Fara, its doors closed in the midst of the problems on a massive outstanding state tax bill.

After listening to the message on Wednesday, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate tweeted that he and “thousands of New York City pizza-lovers,” were “ready for anything” to save the pizza joint.


“Di Fara is THE best pizza in New York City. It MUST be saved,” New York City native tweeted.

Cuomo, though, told a group of reporters at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, that, if the mayor wanted to open the Di Fara again, he owes personally $167,506 pay in taxes, and Albany.

“He has said to forgive no legal authority, the state taxes,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Post. “Well, if he has to pay $200,000 to want to the name of the Pizzeria, he can do that. This is in order. And if he wants to have $200,000 value of the pizza, the business. But he can not forgive the taxes of the state.”

It is announced it is unclear whether the de Blasio administration, in fact, have been involved, or if the pizza joint attached to the tab somehow — but Di Fara on Thursday that it was re-opening for business that same afternoon.

De Blasio, the tweet is still a lot of controversy stirred — and not Grimaldi for the call to Di Fara the best pizza in the city ‘s Pizzeria has probably thought of something to say, or maybe Luigi’s in Clinton Hill, or Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village, or one of the hundreds of Ray’s pizza, the dot Manhattan.

The mayor of the rallying cry for the embattled pizza parlor drew ridicule from the New York press, while fueling long-simmering tensions between him and the Governor ends.

Cuomo, who is more a sausage and peppers guy himself, added to the beginning of this week is: “I’m not going to pay $200,000 for your pizza, even if it is very good pizza.”

Margaret Mieles, the daughter of Di Fara owner Domenico De Marco, told AM New York that the 54-year-old restaurant just missed a tax payment in may, when it was closed by the city health Department.

Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn neighborhood. (Photo: Google Maps)


Freddy Goldstein, a spokeswoman for the de Blasio administration, said the mayor’s office has a family to work with the De Marco to find out a solution for your tax problems.

“Di Fara Pizza is a legendary New York institution and the mayor for many when he says that it is the best pizza, the said in the five districts,” she said in a statement.

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