Foodies all around New York City rave about Artichoke Basille's Pizza for being home to the creamiest, cheesiest artichoke pie. The fan favorite pizza recipe combines spinach artichoke dip and pizza into one delicious meal. Being a lover of both of those foods, I knew instantly after hearing about it from a friend, that I needed to try it.
The next trip my friends and I took into the city, there was no question where we would stop for dinner. We were going to experience Artichoke Basille's Pizza for ourselves.
Planning a trip to Artichoke Basille's Pizza is fairly simple. They're so popular, they have seven locations conveniently spread throughout NYC. Whether you are in Chelsea, East Village, or Brooklyn, you can stop into one of their shops.
At the trendy East Village shop, the sit-down dining area is reserved for people ordering a whole pie, as the shop is extremely tiny. For people interested in just getting a slice or two to do, there is a takeout window. Sort of like a drive-thru — except better.
I was so happy after my initial trip to the East Village location that I went back just a few weeks later with my family to their location in Chelsea.
Their restaurant in Chelsea is much bigger but far more packed. For a table of four, we waited over 50 minutes to be seated — but I knew it was worth it.
Their menu is no average Italian pizza joint menu. The slices are enormous — I'm talking larger than your whole head. The crust is thin and the amount of cheese they pack onto the pizza is unreal. I was in a cheese-lover's heaven.
Some of their pizza options include: Meatball Parm, Vodka Sicilian, and Crab, which has crab sauce, fresh mozzarella panko break surimi crab meat.
Although I glanced at the whole menu briefly, I had come there for one thing, and one thing only — the famous artichoke slice.
The Artichoke Slice
My expectations were high for this artichoke pizza, and the results still blew me away. Our pie was brought out on a huge platter, hot from the oven, with the cheese still gooey. Picture a pizza pie crust, with creamy, cheesy, spinach artichoke dip piled on top. Their recipe is made with artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.
After finishing my huge slice, I wanted more but was completely stuffed. Artichoke Basille's Pizza made my food dreams come true by combining two of my favorite foods. Everyone agreed — the pizza was well worth the 50-minute wait and we would definitely make another trip back for more.