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Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St

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Just stopped in for a couple of slices at the brand new Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th between 1st and 2nd and was pleasantly surpised. Their plain was nice, with a light tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and parmesan, but what was truly transcendent was their eponymous Artichoke pizza (actually artichoke and spinach). This is a bubbling white pie, rich and creamy with large pieces of spinach, chunks of artichoke and ample cheese. At only $3, a slice of this alone will be enough for a cheap meal on my next visit. Stuffed artichokes and cauliflower fritters also looked good, but I was too full to sample them myself. Does anyone know the story with this place? Googling it, it looks like it may be the offshoot of a Staten Island restaurant. In any event, it's nice to have a quality newcomer in what is already a great neighborhood for Pizza.

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  1. Yeah, I went there the other night. It's awesome! The two owners come from restaurant families (all over from Staten Island, New Jersey and PA). They said they've both been in the business their whole lives. They're cousins that branched out on their own with their own concept. We went across the street to that bar and they bought over three pies piping hot on trays for everyone to enjoy. We will be back. Good luck!

    1. I went too. The square slice had potential, but the bottom was really burnt. I also had a "free sample" (a thin slice) of the artichoke pie. I really didn't like it. It tasted to me like creamed spinach pizza. I would go back and try the plain round slice. The place almost had a DiFara feel to me (the place, not the pizza)...not sure why.

      1. I was about to start a post on this place myself... I stopped in for a second time tonight, and the owner said that they had only been open for 8 days. He just makes what he feels like cooking that day (in addition to the pizza). Today it was a broccoli rabe sandwich on their delicious homemade bread. Both the artichoke and the regular pizza were excellent. There's no place to sit, but there is a little ledge to lean your pizza on, and the food is great.

        1. i'm such a lemming. i couldn't resist stopping by earlier this afternoon during a walk around the neighborhood. fried artichokes and cauliflower fritters weren't ready yet, but i nabbed a square slice fresh from the oven (which i'm now demolishing). it's delicious. the bottom is what i would call very crispy (and that's the way i like it), but i could see it being another person's "burnt." the sauce is nice - mild and slightly sweet. the cheese isn't great, but i can overlook that. i'm really loving the oily, rich crust.

          1. Stopped in for a creamy, delicious spinach and artichoke slice this afternoon. Really good. The sauce is so thick -- could almost be used to dress pasta! I loved my slice and will definitely be back.

            The place is kind of messy, random wooden boards, with big hunks of cheese and rolls of bread sitting out, basil peeking out of a wooden crate, a tomato can propping up a window. Definitely gives it a Di Fara feel. They apologized for not having any cold soda when we asked for a Coke.

            1. I tried Artichoke this weekend, and really like the sicilian and the artichoke/spinach slices. Both are very good, but are not better than DiFara's - as some have claimed on SliceNY.

              Skip the baked artichoke though, I found it to be lacking in taste and a waste of $8 or whatever it costs.

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              1. re: smokedgouda

                i was in williamsburg last night, took the l train home and got off at first ave...figured i had to try artichoke. i wasnt even hungry but the squares looked so good, i took 2 to go...$2.50/slice which in this day and age is good.

                nice guys working there, no line unlike difaras...i walked a few blocks before having to have a bite. i spent the next 3 minutes walking down 9th street with tomato and cheese all over my face. it was absolutely awesome.

                lots of cheese and a bit greasy in the crust but it had the texture of dom's squares. the sauce was a bit sweet for my taste but it was still quite good.

                i was a big fan of demarco's squares and these are sort of similar...but better. i put this place right under difaras for me.

              2. I stopped by last night to try a slice of that Artichoke pizza..... within my first bite i started to laugh.....it was that good. They give you a very generous slice of pie and it is so crispy it does not droop as you bite into it. One poster describe the sauce-rich like a pasta sauce.....that came to mind....but i also pictured it with chicken.

                I got the sicilian and regular slice...as well..to sample and save for leftovers. the sicilian was tasty the regular slice was less than impressive.

                Thanks for the recommendation......especially since i live around the corner!

                1. When I stopped in yesterday afternoon, the fellow ahead of me was telling the pizza makers, "My sous chef says the cauliflower fritters are amazing." This fellow recently opened his third restaurant, and he wanted to extend good wishes to a new business in his neighborhood. The guys at Artichoke -- Francis, Sal, and Carl -- hadn't heard the name "Momofuku," but they were glad that this fellow, David, stopped in to introduce himself, and to pick up a few pies. No joke.


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                  1. re: DaveCook

                    Hah, only in NY... that's awesome.

                  2. I went to this place today, and really enjoyed my experience. After having read the reviews on Slice and Eating in Translation, it somehow still caught me by surprise how small the place is. It's almost a takeout joint. Nevertheless, it has a kind of happy disheveledness about it.

                    I had a gigantic slice of artichoke & spinach pizza, which was indeed warm and creamy and rich. Though I think the pizza is crafted very well and is a highly-memorable slice, I like things a bit tangier than creamed artichoke-and-spinach, so I can't say it's my favorite pizza. But it was very good. And, I found I liked it even better after it had cooled down a bit. I could taste the intricate spice mixture more clearly.

                    The sicilian slice was excellent, too, and more to my taste. I loved the sauce, the cheese, and the texture.

                    The crust of both slices was crunchy and bold and hearty - superb. This is not surprising, since possibly the best thing I ate at the restaurant was a free hunk they gave me of some still warm, just-made bread with some Pummace olive oil on it. The many-layered crunch and folds of the outside, the soft inside, the wholesome aromas... this was first-class bread. I could easily have devoured it alone and been content.

                    And of course the proprietors were really friendly. This is a great, fun place.

                    The Vegetarian New Yorker http://vegny.blogspot.com/

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                    1. re: shivohum

                      Last nite i decided to give artichoke another visit....as it was such a tasty slice of heaven last week. Well.....the line was at least 25 people deep. I walked back around 830....line was still 15 deep....
                      I have never seen anything like it!

                      They could potentially ruin the best slice going in nyc if they keep it up.
                      There was no artichoke pizza available and when it came out it...was so boiling hot they couldn't slice it for at least 5 minutes. It was not the same tasty pie. The sauce was....but it looks like they are starting to "rush" the pizza. It wasn't as thin and crispy. It was unevenly cooked. My advice is for them to slow down! or better yet get a better system going. Most of the pizza cooks were focused on making "pies to go"...no interest in taking care of the one-two slice customer. It is better to serve the proper product than to serve a half a&^%$ product. The paying system was ridiculous....one of the employees waited at the side and took the money...then you wait another 10-15 for a slice.

                      The music was good tho. next time?

                    2. I dont know. I went and i didnt have this whole crisp crust experience at all. The crust was literally sopping in grease. And they were out of all of the meat ingredients which i can understand if they were busy and blah blah they ran out of stuff ok, fine. But i dont think its up there with the top slices at all. It's not L'asso slice which i think is the best slice goin.

                      1. The cauliflower fritters were tasty and packed with garlic, but neither the slices (Sicilian, plain, spinach/artichoke) nor the artichoke satisfied. The latter in particular was somewhat nasty -- bland and overwhelmed with gloopy breadcrumbs. Granted, it may have been sitting out on the counter for too long...

                        Like others, my main reservations with the pizza lie in the crust. It's far too thick and heavily suffused with oil. It's a shame because the toppings (especially the spinach/artichoke) were enjoyable enough.

                        I can imagine stopping by for a snack after a night out, but it's not destination pizza -- and certainly not worth queuing an hour for like the excitable guys in front of me had done another night.

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                        1. re: kayu

                          can you say over-hyped chowhound driven?

                          1. re: cubanat

                            looking forward to trying this inspite of the hype. is it open for lunch? i've read some reviews of people waiting n line before they open...

                            1. re: cubanat

                              When 95% of the shops selling "New York Pizza" sell you dry, re-heated and bland slices....a place like Artichoke (hype or no) is great.

                              1. re: cubanat

                                Agree.. I'm reading these posts to understand.. I don't get it. Thought the artichoke pizza was awful rendition of greasy spinach artichoke dip pizza.. and other slices mediocore at best... yea better than pizza you get next to Penn Station I guess.. but doesn't mean reason to call this best slice in NY..

                            2. so happy to be reading all of these posts..i keep going by on the bus and seeing lines down the block...will make an attempt soon..it seems to have magically appeared out of the blue...

                              1. Keep in mind where the hype is coming from - people who love Artichoke's food. This hype isn't the result of a high-priced consulting firm, the place just caught on fast because it's fun, affordable, and serves great pizza. Just don't forget them in a few weeks, when the hype - and the lines- die down!

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                                1. re: hungrycomposer

                                  tried to go at lunch. "closed on monday due to repairs".

                                  1. re: TBird

                                    Thy are not open for lunch. They have no regular hours at all. They are completelty hit or miss and lackluster "to boot" (no pun). If you are in front of the place when it happens to be open and the line is not there it may be worth it if they have anything left to sell. Give them a year to iron out the kinks and then try again.

                                    1. re: cubanat

                                      >>Give them a year to iron out the kinks and then try again<<
                                      If everyone follows that advise, then it will be a moot point.

                                2. All i know is, this pizza is worth the 35 minute wait and the trip back to 65th Street.
                                  I'm anticipating the other half of the MASSIVE slice when I get home tonight!!!

                                  1. What type of cheeses are in the artichoke pizza? Is there some cream in it? it does seem like it could be a pasta sauce.
                                    I LOVED it.

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                                    1. re: abud

                                      me and my wife had two spinach artichoke slices last night. hard to believe slices that size are $3. that alone makes this worth checking out. i dunno about that cream cheese thing, i thought the consistancy was due to the blending of the spinach and the mozz, but you could be on to something. while it was delicious, it was also a gloopy sloppy mess to deal with(we ate them right there, in the store. we seemed to be the only ones doing so, too.). next time, the regular slices looked just perfect. little bit of basil. i'm certainly a fan.

                                    2. On Saturday about 5:30 p.m. I strolled by 14th Street and didn't see a line. I couldn't believe it! Ha! When I tried to go inside, one of the employees told me they weren't opening until about 7 o'clock that night. What gives with these crazy hours?

                                      I wonder: are people ordering whole pizzas by phone and they're just too busy to open their doors?

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                                      1. grabbed a slice last night around 11. no line, no wait. pretty messy and dirty looking inside. breads stacked near the door, napkins all over the place, 4 or 5 people running around behind the counter. guys taking the orders were very friendly (guy with a funny looking hat a little less than the shorter guy). got two round slices. they were good, very good. lots of sauce though that was dripping off in gobs when i folder it and the slices were definitely too heavy so they sagged a lot. crust was nice a chewy.

                                        this is a good slice and certainly a lot better than standard slice joints but it's not a place worth going out of your way for. if they deliver, i'd definitely get that but i'm not sure i'd ever wait more than 10 minutes to get some pizza there.

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                                        1. re: jon

                                          I had the artichoke and the regular (round) slice at the same time. The regular slice is NOTHING compared to the artichoke slice.

                                        2. we walked by it saturday evening. about 900 or so - about 10 people on line, 2 guys came out and were glad that they had ordered their 2 pies via phone...

                                          was debating on grabbing a couple slices to take home for the trainride, but didn't know if it would be a huge difara-type wait.

                                          anyhow...how long is the wait for a couple slices when there are about 10 people on line?

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                                          1. re: bob gaj

                                            i went for my fourth time on thur...i took the day off to hang with some friends in town. we walked by around 3 and there were about 2-3 people on line. i bought the last square sitting around and scarfed it down...absolutely delicious as usual.

                                            i ordered another 2 reg slices and a slice of the artichoke pizza finally to go. i was gonna give them to my dad who i was having dinner with later that evening but had to try the artichoke slice. while its not my thing and i doubt id order it again, it was pretty delicious.

                                            i still think the squares are the reason to go to artichoke. once they start delivery, ill have their pizza more often...but id never wait more than 10 minutes there for a slice. the pizza nerds from williamsburg are unbearable.

                                            1. re: sam1

                                              I think the squares are close to perfection, they just need to learn how to cook it thru without burning the bottom. mine wasn't charred, it was carbon. Even despite the carbon, the square slice was pretty damn good.

                                            2. re: bob gaj

                                              How is their delivery and/or call in service? Anyone have any experiences?

                                            3. Tried this today, and thought it was top notch.... but I have to say, I kept thinking of some of the reviews while I was stuffing my face, and had to laugh a bit.

                                              They basically make 3 pies, and one sicilian style square pizza. I've never been to Difara's, so I can't make that comparison, but it reminded me of an entirely different pizza place whose reference will only mean something to those who have spent time in San Francisco... and that's Golden Boy pizza. The sicilian slice is almost identical to a Golden Boy slice with basil and parmesan on top. Expect a medium thin, almost foccacio like flakey crust with a lot of sauce, on sweeter side. The edges will crisp up, and darken, and it's delicious. The only downside is once the cheese cools, you have to bite carefully so you don't yank off the whole layer.

                                              They also had a classic looking Margarita, the Broccoli Rabe (which can be ordered in a tin, on their bread, or with the pizza), and the Artichoke, which is the one I tried. The review that described it tasting like cream of asparagus soup was dead on. Now, I didn't feel like I was eating a can of Campbells or anything horrible, but it was a strangely familiar taste in an entirely unexpected context. It's also a heavy, heavy, messy slice, with stuff dripping, and with all that said, I'd order it before the Sicilian just because it seemed original,and it satisfied me. I don't know why, but it worked. The most exciting element on it was the crust, so if you're a crust lover, this is the place for you. I have a feeling a lot of New Yorkers are probably finding the crust a little confusing, but again, this reminds me of the best pizzas I had growing up in California, comparable to a style which is pretty much extinct out there. I've never been to Staten Island or Midwood for pizza, so it's possible what I'm associating regionally with where I grew up is in actuality, just good Italian pizza, or something more universal.... but in terms of the crust, those char marks on that heavy crunchy crust are what I call a perfect crust. It's intentional, otherwise they would just turn over the pizzas quicker instead. What I had wasn't burnt, but it is a darker bake then what some of you might be used to as New York pizza, and spots will blacken a little, the way a crusty bread might. A less well done pizza would ruin what they're trying to do, and I sincerely hope they don't try to adapt. The Margarita (I think that's what it was) looked to be more suited for a traditional pizza loving crowd, with a thinner crust, otherwise, my take is this should be judged as it's own thing (kind of the way people think of Two Boots). It's not going to be for everyone, but it's certainly the best by the slice pizza I've had in NY, and if you're a crust lover, then it has no equal right now.

                                              By the way, there were no menus, or menu board when I went. It was a what you see is what you can order kind of set up. There were about 4 guys trying to keep up, with a line that wasn't much more then 8 people deep, but the place is so small, it was still out the door. They're getting a crowd who seem to have read the reviews and came to compare, including a lot of disoriented first timers, and "old" New Yorkers double parking. It'll calm down. Hopefully they'll stick to the formula, and figure out a way to handle the flow.

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                                              1. re: sugartoof

                                                Also - can someone who has tasted Golden Boy pizza in San Francisco tell me if it resembles DiFaras even the slightest?

                                                I could never imagine that being the case from reviews before having tried Artichoke.

                                              2. went last night for probably my 6th time walking home from a friend's show at otto's shrunken head. line was only 2 people deep at 10pm.

                                                didnt want to wait for squares (mistake) so i got 3 slices and an artichoke slice to split with a friend. i usually just order squares which i think is the only reason to go to artichoke but the slice is fine enough. this time however, the slice was very dry on the crust and broke like a giant cracker. they are very inconsistent with the regular pie. this time, it was the size of the artichoke slices...very large. i ate it happily but wont get anything but squares from now on.

                                                the artichoke slice was good once again...a guilty pleasure and not something id eat all the time but tasty.

                                                the guys are still pretty friendly considering the hours they work there.

                                                1. Do they have consistent hours yet? I'd love to stop by for a late lunch (around 2-3pm).

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                                                  1. re: a_and_w

                                                    Stopped by today at around 2:15pm. Only a few people were in line, so the wait was short -- no more than 5 minutes. I got a slice of the round and a slice of the square. The round was decent with high quality ingredients and a nice char, but the crust was just a tad too thick for my taste. The square was excellent, not quite on par with DiFara but close. My one recommendation would be to use a little more oil to prevent the crust from drying out.

                                                    Bottom line, I was ready to throw the DiFara comparison back in people's faces. But I can't -- Artichoke is the real deal.

                                                    1. re: a_and_w

                                                      went at 5pm and small line. place is very tiny. 5th or 6th person on line is out the door. Only waited approx 5 minutes. Order a regular slice and a square to go. Only $5. Took them home a few blocks away and they were fantastic. Different than the typical pizza, a much heavier crunchy crust. When was the last time you could hold a slice and not have the end fall down. As of today, they are not set up for delivery yet.

                                                    2. re: a_and_w

                                                      This news article says that they will, soon.

                                                      " Outdoor seating is on the way, as are 32-ounce drafts of Bud for five bucks. And, once they're fully staffed, there'll be delivery and set hours, too.

                                                      "We've been importing all our employees from Staten Island," explains Garcia."


                                                      This seems ridiculous to me -- even if you are only open limited hours, just choose them, stick to them, and be consistent.

                                                    3. I live across the street and have been watching and tasting my way through their opening. The two owners are good guys from Staten Island who have food in their blood. I used to get a chance to chit chat till they got overwhelmed, and overwhelmed they are.

                                                      I personally find the artichoke to be good, quite good, but not incredible. I wish it were thinner and a little less sloppy. It's a bit too creamy for me, pretty much heart attack food. You can't have it every week but it is unique and tasty.

                                                      Then I tried the regular cheese slice and it was a match made in heaven. The first couple of bites were just above average and then I hit something chewy and delicious. It was a thin chunk of melted parm and it was awesome! Really it was an epitome for me. Why doesn't everyone put a chunk of parm on a slice. It is so simple but I had never had it before. Problem is, the next couple of slices I had did not have any chunk of parm on it. Whats up? Was I just lucky the first time? I will try again. The crust is very good and the ingredients they use are pretty top quality.

                                                      Pizza is good and I love that it is across the street, but I think the hype is a wee bit overblown. I am not waiting in that line for a slice. I give it up for these guys though and hope that they can keep it up.

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                                                      1. re: brooklynmc

                                                        No pizza anywhere is worth a 35 minute wait. I live exactly one block away from the place, went twice the first week they opened (when there was no line, but even then: no hours, no menu) and find the hysterical, overhyped reaction to this disorganized, chaotic joint not a little absurd and pathetic. It's pizza, for chrissake.

                                                        1. re: workintheater

                                                          That's an interesting point. Search the OB Board for "DiFara" and see if you find any dissenters. Maybe a thread or two might surface.

                                                      2. I'm up in the air about Aritichoke on whether or not I'd place it on my list of top pizza joints in NYC, but if Artichoke is one thing, it's Unique. There is simply no other place that has a crust like that- for better or for worse. It needs to be tried once by anyone interested in the wonderful world of NY pizza, but that's not saying it will be their favorite. And the signature artichoke slice truly is way too much of a cream-fest for a slice of pizza. I prefer to dip my chips in it at Houston's, but hey, that's just me. I have a couple of shots of Artichoke's slices on my photoblog:


                                                        1. I was there the other day at 5P and faced a small line (but did go out the door). Waited for about 10 minutes and was disappointed to find out that the artichoke slice wasn't going to be ready until 6:30P! WTF!!!!!!! Why does it take 1 1/2 hours to make the artichoke slice? I had to be somewhere so I couldn't come back later. So I ordered a slice of the regular (which was the only thing they had). It was pretty good -- loved the big pieces of basil on it. Crust was very good, though my preference is for thinner crust. The slice was very substantial compared to most pizza joints. The guys there were pretty nice and friendly, but they do have to get their act together with organization and running of the business.

                                                          1. A disappointment. I had the artichoke slice. It was a little over cooked but I actually liked it to some degree. I wouldn't go out of my way to get another, but if I was passing by I'd grab one again. The round pie was a complete let down. Way to thick of a crust. Soupy pie. Was basically good ingredients with completely bad structure. The ingredients did not bond with one another, so it was just a big thick crust, with a sea of sauce, with some islands of cheese. A B- slice. Would not grab another of these. Certainly won't wait for it. The fact that so many people are talking about it shows just how bad the average slice. Even a presentable slice gets a line and gets people talking.
                                                            5 minutes for artichoke slices, 1/2 hour or so for the round pie. 6pm.

                                                            1. I went back last night for the first time in a couple of weeks and honestly, I am over it. It was sort of a treat at first b/c it isn't very often that someone comes along and sort of reinvigorates the pizza slice scene, but I think Lazzara's, Grimaldi's, Patsy and others are better and not as heavy.

                                                              1. Just stopped by, the Artichoke Pizza (now $4 per slice) is awesome. Some of the best pizza I've ever eaten. Although $4 is expensive, this easily equals 2 plain Sicilian slices at the average pizza parlor. No signs of any drinks or beer for sale?

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                                                                1. re: mickey3477

                                                                  Do you know how much a pie is now?
                                                                  What slice did youg et for $4? The articoke/spinach?

                                                                  1. re: mickey3477

                                                                    It was $3.50 3 weeks ago. Don't think I'll go back again anyway, can't understand the draw, poor thick overcooked crust, artichoke dip for a topping...I don't get it.

                                                                    1. re: mickey3477

                                                                      Yikes the price has doubled since they opened, and it hasn't even been a year.

                                                                      I've seen the grandma pizzas as greasy places selling for $3.50 too! I'm also noticing a lot of pies have gone up $2-4 citywide in the past year. That's criminal, I'm sorry. I say they should eat the increase and take a smaller profit margin like the rest of us hard working people. I haven't been back to Artichoke since the last increase.

                                                                      1. re: sugartoof

                                                                        i've been going to artichoke for quite some time now. i can still honestly say that i love this pizza. as for the price increase -- yes it sucks but it still isn't crazy expensive. the price of cheese went up 25%, as well as flour. they are not skimpy with the cheese or the size of the slice. i have yet to see someone not using both hands to pick up that artichoke slice. so spending $3.50 on a HUGE slice that fills you up is worth it.

                                                                        Born in raised in new york i know that we all want the fastest cheapest and best product available. learn some patience people! its not like the workers are lounging around all day, they are always on the move.

                                                                        And on another note...i walked by today and they are installing the keg taps. $5 beers are on the way!!

                                                                          1. re: kcijones001

                                                                            Im surprised noone mentioned their CRAB SLICE yet!!!???!?!?!

                                                                            Its another one of their original inverntions. I actually thought it was a white stone pizza w/ crumbled sausage/ground beef the first few times I went. Then some random dude mentioned to me, "I have dreeeams about their crab pizza".

                                                                            So surely enough, I tried it the next time i was their and also fell in love with the crab slice. (just as messy as the artichoke slice)

                                                                            Geniuses ill say :)

                                                                            1. re: fooddudeone

                                                                              I don't get why people like this place so much. The crust is like cardboard and the slices are super heavy. Artichoke pizza sounds great on paper, but the execution falls short. Good artichoke dip at least!

                                                                      2. Now that I've been back a few times I can say:

                                                                        - the margherita has too much sauce, is too sweet, and the crust is way too thick, and I didn't want to finish it about 1/2 way through, and I never pass up pizza!
                                                                        - the artichoke slice is tasty but more like dip on thick bread than pizza as the crust is pretty thick too. it is more novelty than pizza. I like it but it's an occasional treat given how creamy and goopy and heavy it is.
                                                                        - the sicilian slice is quite good, and possibly the thinnest crust they make there, oddly. They put on olive oil, fresh basil and parmesan at the end, which I love, and even though the crust looks blackened at the end it's not burnt. I think it's my favorite of the three. It's a little oversauced but not as badly oversauced as the other slices.

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                                                                        1. re: kathryn

                                                                          If you mean the square, then I agree, that's the way to go. I haven't even bothered trying the artichoke slice as it really doesn't appeal to me even in the abstract.

                                                                          1. re: kathryn

                                                                            Square slice is definitely the way to go. Just make sure you don't get a corner slice. There is too high a risk it will be inedibly hard.

                                                                          2. are these guys open during regular mid-week lunch hours? i've been meaning to check them out for a few months now and will be in the area tomorrow...

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                                                                            1. re: the_state

                                                                              Yep - and no lines anymore. I only order the sicilian - it's their best slice.

                                                                            2. Finally tried Artichoke. The sicilian was way too greasy and completely burnt on the edges (i mean inedibley charred), but the sauce and cheese tasted good. The artichoke pizza was very different than your typical slice. Delicious, creamy and very rich. I think next time I'll have to share a slice of the Artichoke pizza so I'm not overwhelmed.

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                                                                              1. re: fooodie

                                                                                i also finally tried artichoke's recently, and share your feelings completely. while waiting on line, my girlfriend and her friend kept telling me to order the artichoke slice b/c of how good it looked, but i stuck to my guns and ordered a sicilian. what a mistake! her artichoke was 100x better, and much more bang for the buck.

                                                                              2. I said it before and I'll say it again: the artichoke tastes like Campbell's soup on a pizza. It was decent, but I have been shocked at the amount of buzz it generates.

                                                                                1. Just had my first, long-awaited slice (the line had tamed down). Went for the Sicilian. The crust was absolutely burned -- not charred, not "crispy." My mouth feels like it's full of gritty soot. Despite it's over-cooked state, the pizza was actually cold to lukewarm (I noted they had about 10-12 finished pizzas on hand in the back, ready to be heated -- I think this was too far gone to heat for long). The two bites I took made me think it had the makings of good pizza, but I don't think I will rush back.

                                                                                  1. I read NY Press today that said Artichoke was 2008 and some pizzerias in Williamsburg are what's happening in 2009.
                                                                                    Since I'm always behind the times I went to Artichoke for the first time.
                                                                                    I ordered an artichoke slice, which is definitely not approved by my cardiologist, it was good, maybe a little too heavy cream. The crust was too Chicago, distracting from the toppings.
                                                                                    But one slice ($4) is a whole meal at 11 pm, I liked the feel of the place and the crew seemed very, very nice and happy to be making pizza.
                                                                                    Next time I'll try the square slice, thank God NYC has the worlds best pizza despite all our woes

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                                                                                    1. re: littleteresa

                                                                                      square is good, not as heavy and there's the crab slice now too..havent had it yet, but have heard gpopd things..Oh and you have to try a big, greasy, delish stuffed artichoke....

                                                                                    2. try the crab slice next time

                                                                                      1. I just tried this place recently as I was leaving NYC. At the airport. Yes. So perhaps the airport location is not the best, but I was disappointed. The artichoke pizza was like... artichoke dip slathered on a pizza. It felt fattening and heavy and the crust seemed thicker than the other pizzas I ate in New York. Our friends in the East Village recommended the Artichoke place there. Are some locations better than others? Has this place gone downhill? Or do I just not get it?

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                                                                                        1. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                          Sounds like you don't get it. It's supposed to be like artichoke dip on a crust that can double as a dip container. It's not supposed to be like a regular slice w/ artichokes on it.

                                                                                          1. re: GoodGravy

                                                                                            It's not that I didn't "get it" or that I wanted real artichokes on my pizza. I just didn't like it. So I guess it's personal preference then. I went to Grimadli's and Roio's and they were both good IMO

                                                                                            1. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                              It could be you weren't in the mood?

                                                                                              Or maybe not prepared? lol

                                                                                              (Anything cheesy and creamy bordering on sickening I love so I'm cleary subjective and highly partial but it could run in my family because we've all had it and love it w/ the exception of my mother who thought it was disgusting).

                                                                                              Personally, it would be tough for me to scarf down a gooey large slice of pizza and then have to sit stationary on a plane for a number of hours. I've never been to Grimaldi's or Roio's, did you order artichoke pizzas at those locations? How do they compare?

                                                                                              1. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                                Grimaldi's is way different than Artichoke. Different crust, different style, etc. I prefer Grimaldi's, but I can appreciate an artichoke dip slice now and then.

                                                                                                1. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                                  Artichoke's pizza isn't the same quality they opened, and gained a reputation with. What you're tasting is the lower quality version of a thicker crusted, heavily charred, covered thick in extremely rich toppings, type pizza. All that's left is the gloopy rich toppings, which will either hit the spot or be off putting. It's no long a must have destination. The Margarita, or Sqaure would have probably suited you better.

                                                                                                  Different style from Grimaldi's

                                                                                              2. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                                Although I have not tried their airport location, I have not enjoyed their West Chelsea or West Village locations as much as the original. As for the original, I have not been there in quite a while: Is the line still out the door? Is the pizza still as good? (The square slice was always my slice of choice.)

                                                                                                1. re: existential_crisis

                                                                                                  Yup, artichoke dip on buttery bread is what it is meant to evoke. Think of it more as...a slice for the 2am crowd. It's not classic NY coal oven or gas oven style at all. If you want a delicious slice of pizza with artichoke hearts on it, you need to go to Di Fara or something.

                                                                                                  I prefer the square one (non artichoke) at Artichoke, like Blumie.