In a quest to find better pizza than Luzzo’s, I recently found Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on East 14th Street. This authentic tiny shop certainly lacks in restaurant decor – tables, servers, host, etc – but that is exactly what makes the personality of Artichoke so popular. The portions and the presentation at Artichoke are huge and sloppy but always delicious. The ceiling, the chandelier and the photo of the Kennedy brothers on the wall make for an interested and slightly more sophisticated twist…
They serve three varieties: square Sicilian, round Neapolitan, and an artichoke-spinach pie. All serving different preferences, but all delicious! Keith Richards apparently loves the artichoke-spinach, which goes to show what kind of customer base they have been able to gain.
Don’t forget to try the other Italian-American menu items – cauliflower fritters, flattened meatballs on a stick, sauteed broccoli rabe with Kalamata olives, and their namesake colossal stuffed artichokes!
Though it may be a different menu than the strictly Neapolitan menu at Luzzo’s, Artichoke offers more of what I’m looking for at a better price and I can still have it delivered…in half the time!