Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in NYC. They're always on the search for the best pizza around so, in honor of Fran's birthday, they head off on a road trip to visit Graceland. It's the experience of a lifetime for an Elvis fanatic like Fran and, of course, these pizza masters make some stops along the way to discover the best pizza Tennessee has to offer.
Season 2, Episode 8

Hats Off to Franny

It's opening day of a new Artichoke in Brooklyn but Fran cannot find his lucky hat, and he won't open without it. The day before he and Sal went on one of their famous food tours of favorite restaurants in and around New York, so they retrace their day looking for the hat. The day started in the old neighborhood on Staten Island and the famous Clam Pizza at Lee's Tavern. Then, they headed to Zeppieri's & Sons in the Bronx to satisfy their sweet tooth with world famous Italian sfogliatelles. Finally, they capped off their mouthwatering trip with dinner at Fornos of Spain in Newark, N.J., where they feasted on authentic Seafood Paella and Codfish Croquettes.

Friday
Jan 6
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 0

Pizza Masters

Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in NYC. They're always on the search for the best pizza around so, in honor of Fran's birthday, they head off on a road trip to visit Graceland. It's the experience of a lifetime for an Elvis fanatic like Fran and, of course, these pizza masters make some stops along the way to discover the best pizza Tennessee has to offer.

Friday
Mar 10
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 4

Deep Dish Pizza? - Chicago, IL

New York pizza guys Fran Garcia and Sal Basille are in The Windy City armed with fork, knife and napkins and on a mission to discover the secrets of Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Their goal is to settle the age old debate: Is Chicago deep dish even pizza at all? First, they head to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, the arguable birthplace of deep dish, to make the Chicago classic stuffed with sausage on a butter crust. Next, they stop by Roots Handmade Pizza to try a new take on Chicago-style with their Taco Pizza. Finally, they head to Hoosier Mama's for a deep dish pie on the sweeter side. Pizza or not, the verdict on this trip to Chicago is sure to be delicious.

Friday
Mar 10
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

We Left Our Artichoke in San Francisco

Fran and Sal are in the Bay Area to celebrate the second anniversary of the Berkeley, Calif., location of Artichoke Basille's. To reward the staff for all of their hard work, they are surprising them with an anniversary party on a beautiful vineyard in Napa. While in San Francisco, the guys check out Goat Hill Pizza, a favorite in town for 40 years. On their way out to Napa, the guys come across The Choke Coach, a food truck that serves nothing but artichoke-based dishes. The guys finally make it to Charter Oak Winery in Napa and meet their hosts Robert and Layla Fanucci. In the end, everyone arrives, the guys make a toast to Artichoke Berkeley, and food and drink flow as the sun sets in Napa.

Friday
Mar 10
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 10

Leave Me in St. Louis

On their way to Las Vegas for a convention, Fran discovers that his cousin Sal has booked them on a connecting flight through St. Louis, with an eight-hour layover. But, there is a method to Sal's madness. He has mapped out iconic eateries in St. Louis to try out, starting with Tiffany's Diner on Rt. 66, where they've been serving up "Slingers", traditional St. Louis breakfast, since 1960. Then, the guys head over to Russell's on Macklind to try a unique spin on gooey butter cake. No layover is complete without discovering the local pizza scene, so Sal and Fran head to Frank & Helen's for a slice or two of their famous St. Louis-style pizza and Toasted Ravioli.

Friday
Mar 10
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

City of Cousinly Love - Philadelphia, PA

Fran and Sal are in Philadelphia to look for spots to open a new Artichoke Pizza. To ensure their success, they hit up successful multi-generational family restaurants who know how to succeed for the long haul in the City of Brotherly Love. First up, they visit the famous Italian Market and meet with brothers Jimmy and Eddie Rubino who own Ralph's Restaurant, the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in the country, where they whip up a delicious Veal Capricciosa. Then, it's off to Varallo Bros. Bakery, where they've been making homemade Cannoli in the same spot for over 30 years. And no day in Philly would be complete without a pizza or two, so the guys head to Tacconelli's Pizzeria where the same family has been making pies for over 80 years. The pizza is so good you have to reserve the dough days in advance.

Friday
Apr 14
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 6

Sal's Big Fat Italian Birthday

It's Sal's birthday, and his cousin Fran has a surprise party planned for him. He's invited the whole family to come celebrate, dozens of fun, happy, loud Italians of all ages partying in Fran's big house in Staten Island. Before the shindig, Fran has to keep Sal occupied all day so he doesn't catch wind of the party. So he has set up a special birthday lunch for Sal at his favorite Asian restaurant in the city, Xi'an Famous Foods, where owner and chef Jason Wang will give Sal a private lesson on the secrets of hand pulled noodles and dumplings. Fran has also arranged a custom batch of lemon meringue birthday doughnuts from Fany Gerson at Dough for the party, but they are not ready in time so Fran stalls as he tells Sal they have to head to Artichoke Pizza to handle a "big order." Finally, Fran and Sal head to the house in Staten Island and, when they arrive, Sal's completely surprised! The whole family is there, some of whom he hasn't seen in a long time. They celebrate his BIG, FAT ITALIAN BIRTHDAY the only way they know how ... family, fun and lots of great food!

Friday
Apr 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Black Magic Pizza

The mojo's rising as Francis Garcia and Sal Basille find themselves in New Orleans, where food comes first. The guys make a stop at Slice Pizzeria for New Orleans-style pizza. Fran settles down with an elaborate Bloody Mary at Apolline while Sal has an encounter with his own Bloody Mary. Then they head to Domilise's for a taste of their famous po' boy. The guys step out to the historic Little Gem Saloon where legends of jazz have graced the stage; but, the star of the show is always their famous Louisiana crawfish cheesecake.

Friday
Jun 23
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 5

Sal's Book of Poker

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille hit up Atlantic City, where Fran wants to try his luck at the blackjack table and Sal plans on winning big with the city's food. After a visit to a childhood friend using local ingredients to make unique pizzas at Tony Boloney's, they head to White House Sub Shop for a loaded Italian sub. Later, they trade the blackjack table for a dinner table at Chef Vola's, where they dine on veal pizzaiola and a ricotta cheesecake so light, it practically levitates.

Friday
Jun 23
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Chillin' in Alaska

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille take a break from the thick New York heat, and rent a lakeside cabin in Juneau, Alaska, to relax in the cool weather and check out the local food scene. They head to Tracy's King Crab Shack for the freshest Alaskan king crab and sea scallops in the country, and then discover some sweet treats at the Alaskan Fudge Company. Last, but not least, they experience a smoked salmon pizza at The Island Pub and cross their fingers that they'll be able to go on an airplane delivery!

Friday
Jun 23
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 1

Franny Goes to Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA

Fran Garcia may be a pizza man, but he has always been an actor at heart. So, he heads to L.A. to see if he has what it takes to hang amongst the Brads and Leonardos. Of course, he takes his cousin, best friend, and "agent" Sal Basille along, and no trip with these two would be complete without finding the best food stops the city has to offer. First up, Fran and Sal hit up Guisados in East Los Angeles for tacos filled with homemade braises wrapped in fresh corn tortillas. Next, they visit their friend, film exec, and now bakery owner Lisa at Cake Monkey to thank her for arranging the audition for Fran, and to taste her sinfully sweet treats. Finally, to celebrate a successful trip, the boys head to the famous food trucks of Abbot Kinney to grab a slice at the Urban Oven. Just two New York pizza guys in the glitz and glamour of L.A. looking for fame, fortune, and, of course, great food.

Tuesday
Jan 30
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

City of Cousinly Love - Philadelphia, PA

Fran and Sal are in Philadelphia to look for spots to open a new Artichoke Pizza. To ensure their success, they hit up successful multi-generational family restaurants who know how to succeed for the long haul in the City of Brotherly Love. First up, they visit the famous Italian Market and meet with brothers Jimmy and Eddie Rubino who own Ralph's Restaurant, the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in the country, where they whip up a delicious Veal Capricciosa. Then, it's off to Varallo Bros. Bakery, where they've been making homemade Cannoli in the same spot for over 30 years. And no day in Philly would be complete without a pizza or two, so the guys head to Tacconelli's Pizzeria where the same family has been making pies for over 80 years. The pizza is so good you have to reserve the dough days in advance.

Tuesday
Mar 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Sal's Book of Poker

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille hit up Atlantic City, where Fran wants to try his luck at the blackjack table and Sal plans on winning big with the city's food. After a visit to a childhood friend using local ingredients to make unique pizzas at Tony Boloney's, they head to White House Sub Shop for a loaded Italian sub. Later, they trade the blackjack table for a dinner table at Chef Vola's, where they dine on veal pizzaiola and a ricotta cheesecake so light, it practically levitates.

Tuesday
Mar 20
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 5

Cleveland Rocks

New York pizza cousins Fran Garcia and Sal Basille are in Cleveland. Fran is on the prowl for a new Cadillac, and during the test drive they find the best food and the most amazing music in the Home of Rock and Roll! They're heading to the West Side Market to make pizza bagels at Frickaccio's Pizza Market, perfect any time of day. Then it's over to Sokolowski's University Inn, one of the oldest restaurants in Cleveland, to learn how they make their famous stuffed cabbage and Salisbury steak. Finally, they head over to the Velvet Tango Room for cocktails, the best bananas foster and to make a sweet deal on a new Caddy.

Tuesday
May 15
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 1

Franny Goes to Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA

Fran Garcia may be a pizza man, but he has always been an actor at heart. So, he heads to L.A. to see if he has what it takes to hang amongst the Brads and Leonardos. Of course, he takes his cousin, best friend, and "agent" Sal Basille along, and no trip with these two would be complete without finding the best food stops the city has to offer. First up, Fran and Sal hit up Guisados in East Los Angeles for tacos filled with homemade braises wrapped in fresh corn tortillas. Next, they visit their friend, film exec, and now bakery owner Lisa at Cake Monkey to thank her for arranging the audition for Fran, and to taste her sinfully sweet treats. Finally, to celebrate a successful trip, the boys head to the famous food trucks of Abbot Kinney to grab a slice at the Urban Oven. Just two New York pizza guys in the glitz and glamour of L.A. looking for fame, fortune, and, of course, great food.

Tuesday
May 15
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Grandpa's Postcard

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille set off to Key West, Fla., on a search for buried riches at the bottom of the sea, and food treasures on land. At Roostica, they discover wood-fired pizza with an incomparable island flair, before heading to Firefly for a unique spin on Key Lime pie. After hitting the high seas in search of booty, Fran and Sal head to the Half Shell Raw Bar where they dive into some fresh Lionfish and conch fritters while sipping on some shipwreck rum.

Tuesday
May 15
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

We Left Our Artichoke in San Francisco

Fran and Sal are in the Bay Area to celebrate the second anniversary of the Berkeley, Calif., location of Artichoke Basille's. To reward the staff for all of their hard work, they are surprising them with an anniversary party on a beautiful vineyard in Napa. While in San Francisco, the guys check out Goat Hill Pizza, a favorite in town for 40 years. On their way out to Napa, the guys come across The Choke Coach, a food truck that serves nothing but artichoke-based dishes. The guys finally make it to Charter Oak Winery in Napa and meet their hosts Robert and Layla Fanucci. In the end, everyone arrives, the guys make a toast to Artichoke Berkeley, and food and drink flow as the sun sets in Napa.

Tuesday
May 15
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

City of Cousinly Love - Philadelphia, PA

Fran and Sal are in Philadelphia to look for spots to open a new Artichoke Pizza. To ensure their success, they hit up successful multi-generational family restaurants who know how to succeed for the long haul in the City of Brotherly Love. First up, they visit the famous Italian Market and meet with brothers Jimmy and Eddie Rubino who own Ralph's Restaurant, the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in the country, where they whip up a delicious Veal Capricciosa. Then, it's off to Varallo Bros. Bakery, where they've been making homemade Cannoli in the same spot for over 30 years. And no day in Philly would be complete without a pizza or two, so the guys head to Tacconelli's Pizzeria where the same family has been making pies for over 80 years. The pizza is so good you have to reserve the dough days in advance.

Tuesday
May 15
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 3

Miami Slice

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille are in Miami for a charity golf tournament. While they don't know the first thing about golf, they do know how to find the best eats that Miami has to offer. First up, Thea's Pizzeria, to see how Thea's artichoke pizza compares to their own. Fran and Sal find the best Cuban Sandwich in Miami at David's Cafe Cafecito, and finally, they head to Michael's Genuine for a mouthwatering grouper and a refreshing lychee cocktail to help them unwind after a long day on the links.

Tuesday
May 15
9:30am | 8:30c

Extra Toppings

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Most Popular Recipes

All Pizza Masters Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak Sub

Wimpy Skippy

Taco Pizza

10 Plagues Pizza

Lionfish with Garlic-Cilantro Scampi Sauce

Apolline's Deluxe Bloody Mary

Classic St. Louis-Style Pizza

Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Gorgonzola and Raisins

Pesto Perfection Pie

Pesto Sauce

Island Pie

Conch Fritters

Frickaccio's Stromboli

Veal Pizzaiola

The Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Mangia Nashville Focaccia

Alaskan Sea Scallops with Marsala Cream Sauce

Bananas Foster

Staten Island Pie

Salisbury Steak

Ranch-Raised Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Ying-Yang

El Rollo

Alaskan Crab Roll

Guisados Pickled Onions

India Lime Fizz Cocktail

Varallo's Italian Cannolis

About the Hosts

Sal Basille and Francis Garcia

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