New Pizza Truck Serving Up Artichoke Pie in Midtown

Papa Peronne's Pizza Truck

Last Friday I told you that Papa Perrone’s, the new pizza truck parked on 55th btw. Madison & Park, was going to be serving their special artichoke pie on Monday.  Well I went and checked it out, and it turns out artichoke pie is literally artichoke pie.  Not pizza, but pie- like a quiche (but not as lame.)

Papa Peronne's Pizza Truck

As first I was a little disappointed puzzled by the whole thing.  I thought I was getting a slice, and ended up with a little tin foil package.  Of course that didn’t stop me from eating the thing, and after one bite, there was really only one thing to say: “Welcome to the neighborhood!”  Mozzarella, artichokes, and little chunks of pepperoni baked in a pie crust.  For $2.50 it’s a steal.

Pranzo Pizza Truck (the last truck to take on the famous Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck) was such a big disappointment, I had pretty low expectations for Papa Perrone’s- but after trying their artichoke pie and rice balls, I can honestly say I think this little guy is going to make it.  Especially if he starts serving the artichoke pie every day.

A shot of the rice ball after the jump… 

Papa Peronne's Pizza Truck

They’re smaller than the Jiannetto’s arancini, but equally tasty (as far as I can remember… it’s been awhile since I rice-balled it up at the Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck.)  Filled with ground beef and ground sausage, the whole thing comes topped with a homemade sauce, all for $4.  There is also a vegetarian version stuffed with spinach.  I haven’t tried the pizza yet, but the truck claims it’s the same slice you get at Jiannetto’s.  Truthfully, between the artichoke pie (which is only available on certain days, and sells out pretty quickly) and the rice balls, I don’t know if I’ll ever need to try the pizza.  The fried meatballs on the other hand…

Want to read more about the artichoke pie (and its origins) check out this piece posted by Blondie and Brownie.  And if you want more info about Papa Perrone’s, they have a website.

Papa Perrone’s, 55th St. btw. Mad+Park, 917.880.1432


  • @paul: I think the confusion arises from the fact that the sign outside Artichoke Basille just says Artichoke. I always forget that the real name is “Artichoke Basille.” Blondie is a regular reader of Slice–it’s in our blog roll–and I’ve even dragged her to Artichoke or Artichoke Basille or whatever once for pizza.

    Any way, my first thought upon hearing that Papa Perrone’s would serve artichoke pie was would it be a creamy slice like Artichoke Basille or a pie with roasted artichokes, which is one of my favorites from Di Fara’s ( I was surprised to find that his pie was neither, but it’s pretty cool that he’s striking out into new territory–I certainly haven’t seen that type of pizza rustica or pizza ghen much outside of the Easter Season. Haven’t tasted the pizza or riceballs there yet, but I’d definitely like to try the riceballs with spinach.

  • 1:15 Sold Out of Pizza and only Spinach Rice Ball left. A few other dishes available like Stuffed Shells and Chicken Parm

  • Just had the artichoke pie, and yummmmmmmy! I will definitely be back to try more!

  • Please don’t forget we will be closed for vacation from July 31 to August 10 we will be back on Monday August 11 . Look for our latest creation the Prosciutto balls . Thank You Jay P

  • Truck MIA the last two days (no great loss).

    Still no progress on Obika mozz bar in the 56th/Mad atrium

    Still no sign of the lady with Indian food in shopping cart

    Should this interest you

  • Got food poisoning from the rice ball.

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