Artichoke Basille's Pizza opens in Staten Island
New York City-based Artichoke Basille's Pizza is opening its first Staten Island location at Empire Outlets, New York City's only retail outlet center opening in the next few months. Artichoke's new restaurant, located alongside 100 designer retailers and steps from the Staten Island Ferry, is expected to draw millions of New York City residents and tourists each year, according to a company press release.
Artichoke co-founders and cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille first learned the food business at their family's Staten Island restaurant — Basille's — before inventing their own concept in 2008. Artichoke now has 12 restaurants across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens; Berkeley, California, and Miami, Florida.
"It's an exciting venture to be opening an Artichoke Basille's Pizza in Staten Island, where our passion for pizza and admiration for the culinary and restaurant industries all started," Garcia said in the release.
"We've been swiftly expanding the brand, and to open a location in Staten Island is a natural choice. We're finally coming back home," Basille said.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza will join Empire Outlets' group of dining options, curated by Michael Brais of Douglas Elliman Commercial, including Shake Shack, Wasabi Steak & Sushi, Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, Nathan's Famous, and MRKTPL — Staten Island's first artisanal food hall.
MRKTPL, a 12,723-square-foot artisanal food hall with a 3,000-square-foot outdoor dining space, will include a curated selection of more than 30 concepts that showcase the best local and international purveyors in an elegant environment, according to the release.
The Empire Outlets also has a 40,000-square-foot food and beverage deck.