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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2008
In an interview Domenico DeMarco, pizza owner of brooklyn's legendary Di Fara's, stated that "real" Italian pizza can be detected by looking at the underside of the crust. If the crust is uniformly colored, it's not the real deal. If, however, there are dark spots where the intense heat of the oven burns the crust slightly, you've got the genuine article. Artichoke has got the spots this is "real" Italian pizza. I haven't tried every legendary pizzeria in New York, but I am pretty pizza savvy. Final verdict: artichoke is definitely one of the best. Three types of slices offered as of August 2008: standard margherita, spinach & artichoke dip, and crab with a creamy red peper bechamel sauce. All three are distinguished in their own way. I can't decide which slice is my favorite. It seems to change from week to week.
Posted by TotalFoodie on 08/01/2008
Just good. Not amazing, and certainly not magical. People just love hot ooey, gooey, slices of pizza. Regular & Sicilian slices: The sauce is nothing special at all... unless you like Ragu. However, the crust is crispy and almost buttery. The cheese is cheese. Then there's a leaf or two of "fresh" basil added. That trick always makes people think the pizza is fantastic. As for the artichoke slice: Big, thick, bready crust topped with the kind of artichoke/spinach dip one would get at a Friday's or Applebees. It's great if you like junk food... and long lines.
Posted by sk on 07/27/2008
The pizza here is absolutely amazing. Pick it up, take it home, and wallow in its glory.
Posted by Picky Foodie on 07/25/2008
Read about this place in NY Mag and decided to give it a go. As anticipated and warned (New York Mag already did) there would be and was a line. Getting the actual slice was pretty painful but once I bit into my first mere morsel any pain disappeared and morphed into pure magic. Mouth -watering masterpiece. You must brave the queue and try!
Posted by pizzalover on 07/25/2008
It is my absolute pleasure to be the first to review the restaurant with the hands down best slice of pizza in all of New York City. ALL OF NEW YORK. I say this as someone who has been living in Manhattan for 10 years now, and my girlfriend has been living here for 6 - we both literally flipped out for the artichoke slice!! I cannot speak to the plain slices, but I promise you the artichoke will change your life. The wait is around the block and the service is EXTREMELY slow, and with no place to sit down inside, I was forced to give the lower marks in those categories. However, I gave the five stars for food and would have given six if i could. 100% worth the wait and worth sitting in the street!!