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Artichoke Pizza Comes to Chelsea

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Every weekend in this fair city, hundreds if not thousands of people get their drunk pizza fix before heading home. I’d say the witching hour is somewhere between 1 and 3 am, but guaranteed you’ll see every local slice spot filled to the brim with dipsomaniacs ordering toppings and flavor combinations you never thought possible. Sure there’s plenty of street carts and falafel joints, but pizza will always reign supreme as the number #1 booze soaker-upper. While opinions wax and wane as to which pies are the best in the city, I openly admit to being a huge fan of Artichoke Pizza.

It doesn’t take a degree from NYU to know why this place has a line outside every night. Location obviously being a plus, but it’s their signature artichoke pie on thick Sicilian style crust that keeps the crowds coming back for more. Sure it’s greasy, and is basically spinach and artichoke dip piled high on top of pizza crust, but goddamn is it good. Veterans know to come early to avoid hob-nobbing with popped collars and drunken 19 year-olds, but sometimes the siren call is too strong and you just have to deal with the line. But luckily for the rest of us non-Village dwellers, the founders Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, are expanding their empire to the West Side.

Granted the Meat Packing district dishes up an equally unsavory crowd, but I’ll take what I can get. It doesn’t hurt that it’s only one block away from my office and they’re adding a bar. Taking over the old Red Rocks Saloon space, the new eatery will include seating for 80 and an expanded menu that goes beyond just pies. While it saddens me I no longer get the see the same denim-glad bikers puking outside of the bar, I’m glad the space is being turned into something more exciting than a rental space for Real Housewives Events like the old Earth space next door. Plus the area is in dire need of some more wallet friendly options that don’t include a giant gilded Buddha or Mario Batali’s pasta palace. While the interior is still under construction, the sign is up and it looks like it might be done by the end of the month. Until then,  we all wait with wagging tongues.

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Artichoke Basilles Pizzeria and Bar
Corner of 10th Ave & 17th St [Chelsea]
Summer ’10 Opening

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).

4 Comments

  1. Pizza Lover
    September 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Wallet friendly????? It’s $5/slice $30/pie!!!!!!!!

  2. Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe
    September 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Cheap compared to the neighborhood it’s in, obviously you have your neighborhood joints that are cheap, but most of them in the area kind of suck. Even Chelsea Market is expensive. But it’s not bad it you get it once in awhile, plus their slices are really thick and much more filling than your regular $2.50 cheese slice.

  3. Canuck
    November 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    In NYC for the marathon. The artichoke pizza I think is the best pizza ever.

  4. Canuck
    November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Wait, maybe it was the White pie? Either one it was great!