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Jun042015

Artichoke Basille's Pizza Coming to 59 Fifth Avenue

Artichoke Basille's Pizza, which opened on 14th Street in 2008 and today has six locations, will be opening its next one on Fifth Avenue, in the space between St. Marks and Bergen that was last occupied by takeout shop Luscious Food, which closed last October. The news was first reported by Park Slope Stoop, and confirmed by the company on Twitter

Along with Shake Shack and Patsy's, this represents one of a handful of chain restaurants (albeit a small one) to arrive on this side of Flatbush Avenue since the Barclays Center opened. The nightlife scene on this stretch of Fifth Avenue is pretty hopping even when there's nothing going on at Barclays, so it makes sense that Artichoke (which has a reputation for being a post-drinking destination) would decide to put down roots here. In short: It's really good drunk food.

The pizzeria is best known for its rich and filling artichoke slice, which is essentially cheese-covered spinach artichoke dip on pizza crust; a slice sells for nearly $5 and a pie for $30 at the East Village location. The owners, Sal Basille and Francis Garcia, are also known for the Cooking Channel shows they host, Pizza Cuz and Pizza Masters.

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Reader Comments (9)

I especially like their square slices--not as good as Di Fara, but in the same league, and much more easily obtained.

(I had not expected anything good to come from the closure of Luscious Foods, but this is a surprise for the better.)

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterACE

One of the better pies in NYC. Great addition. Park Slope has a ton of great pizza options, but this one actually adds to it.

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterUma

One of the most disappointing pizzas I've ever had was at the Artichoke location over by the High Line. The place was filthy, blasting shitty music and the pizza was 1/10th as good as the pies from the original location. Hopefully they keep the quality control here on point.

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

why not just call it a really good slice rather than good drunk food?

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterel presidente

One of the best slices I've ever had.

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Looking forward!

June 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeSteven

Remember when Mr. Hooper ran the fish store by dram shop? That was some good times.

June 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCyclone Rider

The area will be saturated with pizza, between this, Patsy's and superstar pizza on Dean St and Pizza Town.

June 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

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