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Artichoke Basille's Frozen Pizza

As you may have read last week, the Artichoke Basille boys, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, have partnered with A&P on an Artichoke-branded line of frozen pizzas. According to the company's press release, all A&P stores and its subsidiaries (Waldbaum's, Food Emporium, Pathmark) should be carrying the pies now. I was one of the first to highlight Artichoke on this site back in early 2008, so you know I'd be there to grab a frozen pizza or six to test out for you. More

Openings: Artichoke Basille's West Side and New Grimaldi-Helmed Operation

The Eater NY has a couple good pieces of intel today. First, that Artichoke Basille's will open a West Side operation in the old Red Rock West Saloon space on Tenth Avenue and 17th Street. It'll be a sit-down restaurant, which is a little scary, seeing as how the original location on 14th Street near First is notorious for service—and that's take-out only. Second, that Patsy Grimaldi is looking to open a new coal-oven place to be called Juliana's. The Eater item doesn't mention where Grimaldi might open, only that he's looking for a space.... More

More Artichoke Craziness, But the Truth Hammer Rests

The velvet bag where the Truth Hammer is kept. Red, naturally. Sometimes the mere threat of overwhelming power is more effective than the indiscriminate use thereof. This holds for the Truth Hammer, as well. Therefore, I'm only glancing in the general direction of this trusty Slice device as I write. The Truth Hammer will remain in its velvet bag as I point out the words of Village Voice guest blogger Haily Eber (my emphasis): The Artichoke Slice at Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery was recently featured in Time Out's "100 Best..things we ate and drank this year" and hailed... More

Artichoke Basille's Artichoke Slice a 'New Classic'?

Say wha, Time Out New York? It's hammer time! It's that time of year. The annual year-end round-ups are coming fast and furious. (Don't worry, homeslices, I'm workin' on them myself.) Today, Time Out New York drops its lists. For the most part, they're pretty solid. But I just had to reach in to the ol' Slice Bag o' Tricks and pull out the rusty but trusty Truth Hammer. See that nonsense above? The weekly magazine is naming Artichoke Basille's signature artichoke slice a "new classic." Please. We love the Artichoke regular and square slices, even if they are... More

Visiting New York City? 7 Must-Eat Pizzas You Should Try

In mid June, Slice reader Lance Roberts emailed me, asking if I'd help him complete his pizza itinerary. He was visiting New York City from Los Angeles, and he wanted to pack in as much pizza as he could--but only the best. I gave him some recs. He came, he ate, and then he wrote. What follows is a wonderful tale of 2.5 days of pizza mania. Buon appetito! --The Mgmt. An NYC Pizza Tour from an LA Perspective As a Los Angeleno who grew up in Detroit, it's a little odd that I love pizza so much. Neither city... More

Dear Slice: 'The Curious Tale of Artichoke Continues'

Clicking in to the Slice inbox tonight, we've got a field report from Nick "Beef Aficionado" Solares: The curious tale of Artichoke continues. I walked by today around 12:30 p.m., shutter was up, there was a guy inside, but they were closed--no pizza anywhere in sight. Walked back at 5:30 p.m. and one of those cute little paper-plate signs was posted saying that they would open "for dinner." Walked by again at 9 p.m. and the shutter was down completely. Here's a photo (from my pocketpc/phone, hence the poor quality). Cheers, Nick... More

First Look: Artichoke Basille's Crab Slice

Upper left claw quadrant: The crabby crab slice. Photograph by Alaina Browne Remember we mentioned the new crab slice at Artichoke Basille's yesterday? Well, my coworker Alaina Browne went and grabbed one last night on her way home. (Thanks, Alaina!) Here's what she said: "I am not a fan of Artichoke pizza. The crust—it's really thick, and it's hard. The wait was 30 minutes. I just don't like it. And the crab pizza? It was gross." 328 East 14th Street, New York NY 10003 (East Village; map); 212-228-2004... More

New Crab Pizza Joins Menu at Artichoke Basille's

Eater reports that Artichoke Basille is serving a new pie. This would be no big deal at a place like Ray's, but at a joint that only has three types of pizza (regular pie, Sicilian, and special artichoke-spinach pie), it represents a 33 percent increase in menu density and now accounts for 25 percent of all items on offer. Says Eater, "... they were smearing a delicious looking pink sauce on a pie. Upon further investigation, it appears they have unveiled some sort of a crab dip pizza." A call to Artichoke confirms that it is indeed a crab-topped pie,... More

'New York Sun' on Artichoke Basille's

Photograph courtesy of The Beef Aficionado When it rains, it pours, huh? The New York Sun writes about Artichoke this morning, as well. I knew this story was coming out, since I was quoted in it, I just didn't think we'd get hit with two Artichoke Basille items today. The thrust of the Sun piece is that Artichoke is one of the few pizzerias holding down the fort when it comes to good slices in Manhattan and that people are nuts for it. Mr. Connolly, a New Jersey native, said the best pizza is typically from the Garden State... More

'$25 and Under' Hits Artichoke Basille's

Photograph courtesy of The Beef Aficionado The New York Times's outgoing "$25 and Under" columnist Peter Meehan "comes to the party late" but arrives nonetheless at Artichoke Basille's. Like most folks, he digs the place but quibbles about the queue: Waiting in line for it spoils the fun, the spontaneity, the charm; needing to strategize to go there is a bummer.But it’s the blessing of the New York restaurant world, too: supply and demand. The guys at Artichoke brought an underrepresented style of pizza — big pies on a bready, almost tough, crust, generously and greasily topped — and... More

Alan Richman Reviews Artichoke Basille's

I love Alan Richman's write-up on Artichoke Basille's, the East Village newcomer that has been more than well-documented on this site. Richman, known for just a bit of cantankerousness, gets in almost 500 curmudgeonly words (long, mismanaged line; shabby digs; annoying patrons) before coming out with it: He likes it. He really likes it. "This is ordinary pizza," he says. "It’s also fabulous pizza." He digs the fact that the place is free of pretense, "No flour from an ancient fattoria in Tuscany. No basil smuggled in from a dissident farmer’s market in Croatia. No fanatical obsessiveness." Of the three... More

FDNY Visits Artichoke

And it wasn't for the pie, folks. From reader "RC Pizza": Adam, Just wanted to let you know that New York's Bravest were called to Artichoke tonight due to the copious amounts of smoke bellowing out of the storefront at about 8:45 last night. I was standing in line for about 20 minutes when the store suddenly filled up with smoke. It was no doubt due to the liberal throwing of flour directly into the oven to ensure the pizzas didn't stick to the stone. Apparently these guys need to be taught a thing or two, because after you douse... More

Artichoke Pizzeria in New York Magazine

More Artichoke for you: New York magazine interviews Francis Garcia, one of the cousins behind the new joint in the East Village. This bit of owner-operated goodness sounds right up our alley: Do you live in Manhattan now or do you commute? We’re commuting now. When we make a couple bucks back, we’re definitely going to get a place over here so we can start getting open earlier. You know the BQE — the traffic is horrible — and I’m someone’s who’s crazy: If I can’t get there to make the pizza, I don’t want somebody else doing it. It’s... More

Artichoke, a DJ Bubbles Drive-By

Artichoke, man. What can be said about this place that hasn't already been argued about on Slice and a slew of other websites in recent weeks? I have been to the joint three different times—twice last weekend after word first broke on Slice and Chowhound and once this past Friday night—and I'm here to say that their pizza has already improved. I had a chat with Francis Basille, one of the owners who grew up making pies at Basille's in Staten Island and asked him about Eric Miller (doesn't know him from Adam—not Kuban, the proverbial Adam!), the ingredients... More

New York Magazine on Artichoke

Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite visit Artichoke, give it 3 of 5 stars: This is not dainty stuff. Portions are huge, even sloppy. Grated cheese is strewn with abandon, and tomato sauce liberally applied. The pizza is lumpy, a little heavy-handed with the muzz, occasionally burnt, and undeniably delicious. Of the three varieties usually on hand, the square Sicilian (made with a combination of fresh mozzarella, Polly-O, and a sprinkling of pecorino and Parmigiano-Reggiano) is our favorite, a hungry-man study in contrasting sharp, salty, sweet, and creamy flavors. The round “Neapolitan” is nearly as good, though you might fault its... More

Artichoke, a Crisis of Conscience, and Some Tough Questions

On Friday I posted an entry with the emailed text of two tipsters eager to hip Slice to Artichoke, a new pizzeria in the East Village. Later, in the comments of that post and on Eater, people raised concerns that we had guerrilla marketers in our midst. I'd like to address that. Are They Shills? Are they? I don't think so. In email exchanges I've had with both guys since publication of that post, they've seemed aboveboard. If I'm being fooled, however, then I will admit that in my rush to "break news" about a potentially hot new pizzeria, I... More

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