How the Artichoke Pizza Slice Came to Be

Love it? Hate it?
Love it? Hate it? Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev

“I’m fat and I love to eat and that’s what inspired it. I started giving it in the bread basket at my mom’s restaurant in 2006 and people would flip out asking to order it. I thought I could give it to more people in Manhattan in two weeks than I could in Brooklyn, and it just exploded in our face. We’ve been blessed.” —Francis Garcia, co-founder of Artichoke Basille’s, on his signature slice. His new show, Pizza Cuz, premieres on the Cooking Channel on Monday, May 6. [Zagat]