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Ahh the Artichoke pizza from Artichoke Basille’s. It’s drenched in cream sauce and dotted with spinach and artichoke, creating a slice that rivals Chicago stuffed pizza in heaviness. (I usually limit myself to one slice per year because that’s just how rich it is!)

The company started as a tiny, seat-less shop in the East Village but has expanded to Greenwich Village, and more recently, to an actual brick-and-mortar restaurant all the way on 10th Avenue. We got to test it out a couple of weeks ago during a birthday dinner celebrating my good friend Shyema, over at Beauty and the Feast.

It was a big group, so we weren’t hesitant to get some appetizers and started with the artichoke fritters, which were delicious and the stuffed artichoke, which was less so. I never really understand how it’s possible to eat anything but the heart of an artichoke; it’s so stringy and tough to chew, no?

{Artichoke Fritters}

{Stuffed Artichoke, the remnants, anyway}

And for a group of 12, we got three pizzas: the Artichoke, the Margarita and the Sicilian, which turned out to be the perfect amount of food. Seriously, pizza is the best solution for a big birthday party.

{Artichoke pizza: artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and pecorino romano cheese.}

{Sicilian: olive oil, plum tomato, fresh basil and a blend of cheeses, twice baked in a pan. Really it’s just the square, thicker version of the Margarita}

{Margarita: olive oil, plum tomato, fresh basil and a blend of cheeses}

And it was a birthday after all…

{Happy Birthday, Shy!}

Artichoke Basille’s Pizzeria and Bar
114 10th Ave. (at 17th St.)
1 to 18th St.


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