Artichoke Basilles Pizzeria West Chelsea
Just tried the squares. Unbelievably oily. The entire crust was saturated with oil, so much so that when I got to the end crust, I felt like I was just drinking oil. Ew. I'm hoping this is just a glitch in getting things running. I'm looking forward to a good pizza from there.
A couple of weeks ago, I tried the margarita and was really happy. It's a big enough slice to be filling, but isn't the least bit heavy or greasy and all of the flavors really stood out.
Today I went back for a slice of artichoke and was disappointed. It is incredibly rich - far too heavy to be enjoyable. The topping is so mushy (more like spinach artichoke dip) which makes it a bit messy to eat, too. A sprinkling of pepper flakes balanced out the richness, but I wouldn't get this again despite all of the other customers there gobbling it up.
This location does not appear to be fairing too well. We tried the restaurant last week, which was maybe half full at prime time, and felt it was not worth the premium for the fancy setting and the waitress service. (Although we did enjoy a glass of wine with our pizza and our waitress was excellent.)
I went back last night to grab some square slices on my way home at around 7:30. No wait at all, and the pizza was amazing. Since I was bringing them home, I asked for them extra hot. They came out of the over with a wonderful char around the edges, and I inhaled them as soon as I walked in the door.
This location is lacking most of the vibe of the 14th Street location, but it's a good addition nonetheless.
(Any reports on the MacDougal St location? I walked by one evening and it, too, was empty. Maybe that one gets busy at 2am!)
The Artichoke Basille in Chelsea was fairly bad for slices, in my opinion. I've tried it three times, and each time they have multiple pizzas already baked. The slices they are serving are very stale, and not even slightly warm. They warm it up, but my guess is that it's stale enough that it can no longer be evenly heated. So you get a slice that is hot on the outside and cold on the inside.
I haven't had anything close to an acceptable slice there, and this goes for both Sicilian and Margherita slices.
114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011