Pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, are two regular guys from the neighborhood, whose DNA reads garlic and oil. They are fourth generation restaurateurs. Since opening their first store in New York City’s East Village in 2008, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza has expanded to twelve hugely successful locations across the country. They have always impressed critics, fellow chefs, and chowhounds alike.
Since launching Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, Fran and Sal have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rachael Ray Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Chew with Mario Batali, as well as written up in The New York Times, The New York Post, New York Magazine and numerous other food blogs, websites and publications. Their never-ending line of devoted Artichoke Pizza fans include many celebrities, but most importantly, it draws from legions of native New Yorkers.
Artichoke Pizza’s premiere series, Pizza Cuz, aired on the Cooking Channel and had them out on the road in a mouth-watering exploration of pizza across the country. Pizza Masters followed, another food trek series with a huge sense of humor that is still airing on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.