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Artichoke Pizza opens on 31st Street, replacing Frankie’s


March 4, 2015 By Michael Florio

A taste of Manhattan has finally arrived in Astoria.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, a high-end pizzeria with several Manhattan locations, opened its doors at 22-56 31st Street yesterday.

The pizzeria offers a wide variety of pies, including artichoke, pepperoni, crab, burnt anchovy, white, meatball parm and vodka Sicilian.

Slices will range from $4 to $4.50, with pies costing between $27 and $29.

Along with pizza, the restaurant will serve calzones, stuffed artichoke, garlic sticks, meatball roll and salads.

The pizzeria’s hours will be from 11 am to 2 am seven days a week, according to its website.

Francis Garcis and Sal Basille founded artichoke Basille’s Pizza in 2008, opening a location in the East Village. Since then, they have added another five pizzerias in locations such as Chelsea, Greenwich Village and LaGuardia Airport.

The 31st Street location is its sixth.

The location was previously Frankie’s Pizza, which closed in October after being business for more than 50 years.

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I tried it and IT SUCKED and was over priced. Yes they served me a cold tasteless slice and it was burnt at the crust, so burnt that it was black. The only idiots that will fall for this CLIP JOINT is a Nebraska Transplant who doesn’t know anything outside of a McDonalds.


Frankie’s and the other pizzerias charge an average $3.50 for a plain slice and they are smaller than Artichoke’s. There’s not much of a difference and this place isn’t as fancy as one might think.

Anthony A.

Frankie’s Pizza served a quality product and the slice was NOT $3.50

Arti-Joke Pizza is a rip off and it’s tasteless… you feel like you’re in uncaring luck room in public school, only it’s $4 instead of $1.50 per slice. Get real.


This place Astoria is great perfect now that it has a anchovy pizza and the tents are still a little cheaper the Brooklyn

Anthony A.

I bought a basil sicilian slice that was burnt to a crisp on the and completely uneatable, yet they managed to serve it luke warm and cold in the middle. They charged $4 for this disgusting crap. I’ll never return to this dump. Astoria residents know better. Want a great slice on the same street? Go to Joe & Roses Bakery or Rosarios across the street.. and these places aren’t even pizzerias and they blow this Arti-JOKE Pizza out of the water. They should keep this crap in Manhattan!


More places for the uppity up high income folks and us average folk will be left with no place to go eat.


Average folk? Have you not noticed that the average in NYC is rising prices? How would you expect a $2.50 slice to continue to exist much longer. Just move on.


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