Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
When I think of Artichoke Pizza, I think of the leg lamp in the window of their 14th Street location. The First time I went there, my friend Anya had raved not only about their pizza, but about the leg lamp (the kind with fishnets and a heel from A Christmas Story). So of course, I had to go. I quickly fell in love with the pizza and now the leg lamp is just another plus every time I visit.
Artichoke’s original location, on 14th between 1st and 2nd Avenues, is a small space ideal for takeout or quick eating. They have a classic pizza counter with pies on display where you order, a mini fridge full of sodas, beer on tap, and a wall of counter to stand at inside. Outside, there’s another standing counter space where you can hang out and eat your pizza outside, and a couple of benches. It’s a good nighttime pizza stop and it can get pretty crowded outside, so space can be limited. But it’s crowded because the pizza is too good to pass up. They added a dining room beside the pizzeria, so you can sit down and order pies right there for a more real ‘dinner out’ experience.
Their famous pizza is the Artichoke pizza ($4.50 per slice, $30 per pie). It’s made with artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella, and pecorino romano cheese. It is pricey, but the slices are huge and filling. They’re pretty doughy, almost like a Sicilian slice, but not quite as thick, and the combination of the artichoke, spinach, and cream sauce/cheese gives the pizza a flavor similar to a cream of broccoli soup… except waaay better because every once in a while you bite into a soft, flavorful artichoke heart. I can rarely finish a slice unless I’m super hungry– one slice is almost as big as two normal slices of pizza.
They also offer a Crab pizza (crab sauce, mozzarella, and a fresh surimi stuffing– that’s what they use to make imitation crab meat in sushi and other Japanese food), a Margherita pizza (olive oil, plum tomato, fresh basil, and a blend of cheeses), and a Sicilian pizza (same as the Margherita but twice pan-baked). The Margherita is much thinner than the Artichoke and the Sicilian, and I’m a big fan of that pizza as well. I’m not a seafood fan, but I’m sure the Crab pizza is to die for as well!
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza: http://www.artichokepizza.com
- East Village: 328 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
- Chelsea: 114 10th Avenue (at 17th Street)
- Greenwich Village: 111 MacDougal Street (between Bleecker and Minetta Ln.)