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.