Stop. Stop reading, right here, right now. Because while reading this, you have to listen to U2‘s „The Miracle.“ It‘s one of those songs that immediately bring me back to New York. And part of the memories coming back is Artichoke Basille’s famous Spinach Artichoke Pizza.
Artichoke Spinach Pizza
When I arrived in New York for the first time, I loved the feeling of being in a foreign city. I loved how everything was new to me: The people, the streets, the drug stores, that prices are shown without tax and that you can pay by card, even if you‘re only buying a chewing gum. This feeling of „newness“ reminded me of the incredible adventurous time I had while travelling Australia a year before and yeeez, I loved it! But after being in New York for a few weeks, it vanished. Luckily, it got replaced by something even better, the „this is my hometown” feeling.
I didn‘t think about paying with cash anymore (except for this pizza), I knew the people in the closest drug store and the regulars in my washing salon. I knew which streets to take as a shortcut to my favorite supermarket (Wholefoods) and that Trader Joe‘s is much cheaper. But most important:
I knew where to go for pizza. Not any pizza, but my favorite pizza in New York – which is the incredible Spinach Artichoke Pizza from Artichoke Basille‘s.
This being said, there‘s a good chance you‘re getting out your weapons right now. Artichoke Basille’s is one of the joints that you either hate or love, there seems to be no in between. And while I can‘t (and won‘t) speak for all slices, I‘d not only speak but die for a slice of their spinach artichoke pizza. DIE! Like literaly! Which won’t be a problem anyways, because this pizza is the embodiment of paradise. So in the end, I’ll be having it either way. Okay, Sophia, inhale deeply.
You Either Love It Or Hate It – There’s No In Between
It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not the only one who’s absolutely excited about the said spinach artichoke pizza: According to Spoon University, “Foodies all around New York City rave about Artichoke Basille’s Pizza for being home to the creamiest, cheesiest artichoke pie.” Taking a look at the clip below, can you blame them?
“My expectations were high for this artichoke pizza, and the results still blew me away,” says author Jessica Harrison in the same article. I’m with her on that, though my expections were pretty low. I actually never liked artichokes, but fell in love with this pizza. I always opted for a super thin crust, but love the thickness of this. Trying something new, something you’re sure you won’t like can pay off, that’s what this pizza has shown me.
Not so with Arzea from Domestic Superhero: “It was love at first sight.” Or bite? “This signature slice I speak of is epic,” agrees health-food chef Mary from Radiate Food Vibes. “Before ever knowing one another, Alec and I lived a block apart in the East Village of NYC and had one special thing in common, an obsession for Artichoke Basille’s Pizza,” remembers Krista from Frame2table.
That’s What The Owners Say
But how would someone describe the pizza who’s surrounded by it day by day? “If Frank Sinatra was a pizza,this would be the pizza,” says Francis Garcia. In 2008, he ans his cousin Sal Basille opened their first Manhattan store on 14th street. Since then, they’ve opened 11 more stores, including one in Berkeley, CA, and another one in Miami, FL. And the famous slice has not only taken over the hearts of foodies, but made the restaurant chain an insitution. It made it into the New York Post’s list of “The 11 Best Late Night Food Spots in NYC“, described as “a perfect indulgence.” It’s also part of not less than four Buzzfeed lists, including “19 Pizza Shops in the US that’ll change your damn life” – “10 NYC Slices you have to try before you die” and “The 27 Cheesiest Things You Have to Eat in NYC.” Drooling yet?
I bet you are, so here’s all you need to know: The said slice sells for $5/$6, depending on the location you choose. I’d recommend going to their new location in 14th street, which is (almost) where it all had begun. I’ve also tried their Park Slope location, which was fine. The Chelsea location, however, was a huge appointment with two different slices I’ve tried. Not only was the artichoke slice slightly more expensive, which would have been okay, but both slices were dry and lacked in taste. So better be safe then sorry, go to the new East Village store. Order a slice of paradise aka spinach artichoke pizza.
The Famous Slice Itself. Pure Magic.
No matter how hungry you are, start with one. It’s big. So big, that they serve it on two plates. You‘re not even able to take a freakin’ selfie with this goodie. Which is something you’ll bearly notice, because you’ll be distracted by all the creamy, cheesy, thick, white sauce on top of the thick yet crispy crust. And when you make the first bite, everything will be coming together. There will be artichoke chunks and spinach pieces, cheese, from on top of the pizza, and the creamy goodness they only call “sauce.” What an understatement. Because this, believe me, is where the magic happens.
Even though Serious Eats author Adam Kuban prefered the frozen version of this pizza, because “there’s just enough [sauce] for taste and texture but not so much that you’d think your stoner college roommate had gone nuts with the party dip.” From my personal perspective, the creaminess is a distinctive part of the pizza and absolutely addictive.
I mean, people lining up around the block – if not for cheesy and super creamy pizza, what for? Even Serious Eats author J. Kenji López-Alt, who didn‘t like the slice himself, knew: „[This is] the stuff of late night drunk/high out-of-towners’ dreams.“
Stop dreaming and get yourself a slice of this pizza!
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
321 East 14th Street
New York, NY
Daily 10:00am to 5:00am