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Posted by anonymous on 09/09/2010
I live around the corner and have been going to Artichoke since its opening. I remember strolling by one night early on, pretty drunk and looking for anything warm I could find to eat. They were out of pizza and about to close up, but the guy behind the counter gave me a hot cup of pasta - FOR FREE. I was sold. Flash forward to about a month ago. I've wised up and rarely wait when the line is long, so I called ahead for a whole Sicilian pie (this is better than the eponymous artichoke, by the way). Half an hour, as told, I came to pick up my pizza. Like a veteran, I cut to the front of the line, and happily waited a few minutes to catch the guy's attention without bugging him. Apparently my pizza never went in, was given to someone else, or disappeared into the back of the oven, because no one knew where it was or offered any explanation. I was told it would be a couple more minutes. I finally left half an hour later, luke-warm pizza in hand, out like 35 bucks (they recently raised the price), and without an explanation, discount, or even a simple apology. And this was not the first time they screwed up a phone order for me. When I do crave a slice and the line isn't too long, I'm ready for their lackadaisical, inattentive, and pretentious approach to pizza. My visits are less and less frequent though. As they continually raise the prices, reduce ingredient quality and slice size, and show no concern for their customers, that feeling of my tail between my legs as I walk out the door is harder and harder to bear.
Posted by ANONYMOUS on 08/19/2010
I went in the middle of the day, so not much of a wait. Still, the guy behind the counter acts like he's doing you a favor. I ordered the artichoke slice which was greasy, and salty (and I'm a saltaholic). The crust was more like a soft bread, rather than a pizza crust. I love artichokes and was pretty disappointed considering the hype.
Posted by anonymous on 07/29/2010
I do not think i have ever enjoyed a slice of pizza as much as i did before i had artichoke. My sister had been ranting on about it forever and finally one day i went with her to get a slice and i was glad i did. It's not that regular cheesy pizza that you can find anywhere. It's different and basically perfect. In my opinion the best slice is the crab slice then artichoke. Obviously if this place was able to start off making one single slice and get the amount of customers they have.... they know what theyre doing.
Posted by tiffizz on 07/28/2010
The wait is worth it once -- the signature artichoke pizza is creamy and decadent, with a warm soft crust. Slices are large and an easy fill-up for under $5. The pizza's not perfect, but it's unique and decidedly deserving of its cult following.
Posted by Pizza Whore on 07/20/2010
OMG! When will all these poor people waiting on line realize that they are buying slice of hype. $4.00 for a glooby slice of pizza with can of soup topping on an overdone, burnt, and chewy crust. Staff is rude and have this, "yeah watta ya want" attitude. There are so many other places that are better, cheaper and give you service with a smile. I hope they go under. They don't deserve to take up precious NYC real estate.
Posted by Ema on 06/22/2010
Definately worth the wait!
Posted by john on 06/18/2010
There is nothing really that special about this place. There is a line out the door only because it is a small place and no seating. Their pizza is average and overpriced!