Last night we went to Artichoke Basille’s Pizza for the first time (though I prefer to call it Artichoke Pizza). There are three locations and we hadn’t been to any of them. We went to the one on Tenth Avenue and 17th Street. The other two are on Macdougal Street between West 3rd and Bleecker, and on East 14th Street at 1st Avenue.
The ambience was not nearly as nice as I expected it to be. I guess I was thinking more Pulino’s meets Keste, but it felt more like diner meets Ben’s Pizza (a good slice joint in Soho). The tables were flimsy and so were the chairs. It was pretty unattractive inside. From the outside it looks really nice so I was just a bit surprised, but hey, I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
The pizza is delicious!!!
The crust is somewhat thin but crunchy. The toppings are fresh and delicious. Some of the less typical pies were two different types of meatball pizza (one has ricotta) and their signature artichoke pizza (which we skipped because it was made with cream… but it looked great). You can order a third of a pie which is pretty innovative. The pizza is expensive, but it was well worth it. Four of us shared two pies and we have tons left over (dinner tonight, anyone?). The Boxed Salad was actually served in a small pizza box lined with aluminum foil (reminiscent of the Frito Pie at the Cowgirl). How cute! The menu said that it served two but it fed all four of us very nicely. It had cheese and artichoke hearts, lettuce, tomatoes, olives and onions. It was really good, though I don’t know that we needed cheese before eating pizza, but that’s another story altogether. They don’t offer any basic salads which I would have preferred.
This is definitely one of the best pizza places in a town with no shortage of pizza places.
Overall, Artichoke Pizza is a winner. We give it four thumbs up!