In 2008, using what they learned while working at their family’s restaurant Basille’s in Staten Island (now closed), pizzaiolos, cousins, and best friends Francis Garcia and Sal Basille took a party dip, put it on a pizza, and turned a sliver of a shop on New York City’s 14th Street into a pizza icon and cash cow.
They now have five other New York City locations of Artichoke Basille's Pizza (and one in Berkeley, California), and there is still a line out the door, along with pizza fiends standing outside trying (unsuccessfully) not to burn the roofs of their mouths on the creamy, cheesy signature artichoke slice.
They’ve made it to The Tonight Show and even landed their own show on Food Network’s Cooking Channel. Not bad at all. There are some who might argue that the crust isn’t what it used to be, but (and we say this with love) "Cuz, you can’t argue it’s not a New York City pizza icon!”
— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015