NYC’s Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Opens in South Beach
Spinach-artichoke dip and pizza. Two great comfort foods beloved by many. In 2008, a New York City shop changed the game by combining the two, topping pizza dough with artichoke hearts, cooked spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella, and pecorino romano cheese—and a new pizza craze was born.
Owned by cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, the original Artichoke Basille in the East Village still draws long lines every day and into late night hours (somewhat of an institution for post-bar munchies). Now, the popular pizza joint has its twelfth brick and mortar location, only second outside of New York, inside of Ricky’s South Beach.
The South Beach spot slings whole pies and slices of their signature artichoke ’za, along with classics like Margherita and Sicilian-style, and is the newest addition to Ricky’s. This sprawling live music venue on 16th Street also features old-school arcade games and a revamped bar offering large-format drinks (think margaritas served in a two-gallon gas can), table-tap beer bongs, and hookahs to accompany your pizza.
Ricky’s is open Monday through Friday (5pm-5am) and Saturday and Sunday (2pm-5am). Find more info at rickyssouthbeach.com.