One of Brooklyn's most famous pizza joints has been forced to close because of health violations.
Di Fara Pizza in Midwood -- often cited as one of the best pizzerias in the city -- failed its city health inspection last week.
The Health Department says the restaurant had 67 code violations including signs of mice in the building, a high number of flies, and food that was uncovered or not stored at proper temperatures.
Owner Dom DeMarco Sr. and his son, Dom DeMarco Jr., say they want to reopen as soon as Friday, but the DOH says it needs to receive evidence that they have registered for a food protection course and submitted an affidavit that the violations have been corrected.
The Health Department also shut down Di Fara twice in 2007.
"We're doing what we always do. We just clean and take care of everything and, you know, once in awhile this ends up happening. It's not too difficult to fail." DeMarco Jr. said. "I believe they could be a little overboard, a little tough with things, but they are Board of Health and they want to keep people healthy and make sure nothing goes wrong, we're not hurting anybody."
Fans of the restaurant say they do not think the violations will keep people away from paying $5 a slice.
"Well it's not the first time they were closed, but I think once it opens again people are still gonna eat there because it's not the first time it happened," said one customer.
"If they open, that means they corrected the issue and I guess it's gonna be okay to eat," said another.
"They should fix it up as soon as possible because the pizza is really good," said a third.
So far this year, the Health Department has closed down 1,509 restaurants due to various code violations.