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Posted by PaschaQ on 09/04/2008
I love this place! The slices are big and delicious and the flavor is unique. Since trying this place out a few weeks ago, my husband and I find ourselves jonzin' for a slice at least once a week. Yum! It's the best place we've found in a long time that isn't the same-old, as most of the eateries in Manhattan are turning into.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2008
The best pizza I've ever had in my life! Hands down, the best pizza in Manhattan. Yes, it's a little pricey, not the greatest service or environment - but totally worth it. I'm glad they don't deliver, because I would order out every day, and be as big as a house!! They know they got the goods, that's why they don't care if you have to wait for it! I highly recommend this joint!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2008
Nothing special here. Average to Above Average cheese pizza. For the amount of grease and calories involved with the artichoke pizza slice, I would rather have a Blooming Onion.
Posted by NYNYer on 08/12/2008
Not worth standing in line for. I wasn't impressed by the artichoke slice which tasted like alfred sauce mixed with a very bland art ichokde dip and piled onto a thick slice of pizza dough. It was bland and heavy. The square slice was more traditional but had an extremely oily, greasy, hard crust, so hard and dry at the ends that it was almost too hard to bite into. Not impressed, and it gave me heartburn!
Posted by jar on 08/10/2008
yes, you will wait 5 to 15 minutes for you slice, but i think it's the best 'quick' 'non-sit down' pizza slice option around. but it depends on how you like your pizza. these are rich decadent slices. the artichoke slice is like a spinach and artichoke dip, that has been put as a topping onto a thick bready crust. i'd say it has a bit too much olive oil or drizzle or maybe it's just grease for me, but even then i think it's still really good, insanely fresh, and definitely not healthy. i usually get that and the sicilian slice. which they put fresh basil and a little fresh mozzarella on, which makes a nice difference - not to mention the crust is somewhat parmesan-charred and awesome. i get both of these slices then alternate eating them. yes, you're paying a little more for these slices, but i'm a big fan. i take it to go - i don't recommend eating in there, as it's tiny, no room, and burning hot in there.
Posted by D. Expert on 08/07/2008
I cannot disagree more with some of these reviewers, except the one that commented before me. First of all, this "pizza place" doesn't even allow people inside on many occasions. They instead insist that customers form a line outside that stretches to the parking meters and sometimes curls around to westbound 14th street. If and when you are allowed inside, you are forced to eat greasy, heavy slices of pizza standing up from thin paper plates with grease dripping down your hands. Napkins? They looked at me like I was from another planet. The artichoke slice is actually just a pile of sad-looking glop on some slightly burnt bread. The 'regular' and 'grandma' slices are good, but have extremely high amounts of Parmesan and Reggiano cheese added without being asked. Personally, I am not into pizza that is overly pungent. Plus, the staff seems like they could care less about the long line of people waiting for their vastly overhyped food. Lastly, the prices are ridiculous for pizza. $4.50? I'd rather buy two slices from somewhere else. And by the way, they don't deliver.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2008
If you want to wait 40 minutes to an hour for a slice of pizza that costs $4.50, and then eat it off flimsy plates while standing against a wall in a vestibule-size room, then Artichoke is for you. A fawning, suspicious review in New York magazine (it appeared before the place was even open), has led to crowds that come here but the real reason the lines are so long is that they only make about 2 pizzas every hour. By the time the pies come out of the oven, most, if not all of the pie is already promised to people who came before. You'll have to wait till the next pie comes out anywhere from 15-20 minutes extra. How's the pizza? The grandma sicilian slice is quite good. The spinah and artichoke slice is a sickening creamy glop. As for the advertised but not-on-the-menu sandwiches, I can't comment because they were out of bread at 7 PM. They looked at me like an idiot for even asking for a sandwich. Bottom line crowded, expensive for pizza, and horribly inefficient place.