A Food Writer’s Guide to Pittsfield, Massachusetts | Stephane Gravalese
Pittsfield is a city that has been part of my life for many years. It’s a great place to visit and live because it offers stunning natural beauty and because of the food. I’ve put together a list of 10 small towns in Pittsfield that you must try when visiting or staying. These are just a few of the many, so if you can’t find your favorite spot listed, know that there’s plenty more Pittsfield food news and information to come. So whether you’re on a business trip, vacation, or looking for a restaurant meal, there are plenty of dining options available to keep you satisfied and satisfied.
The Berkshires is an area known for its world-class art and culture, but it’s also home to great cuisine. From comfort food to vegan and vegetarian options, you won’t be disappointed with the dining scene in the Berkshires’ largest city.
This guide to the best restaurants in Pittsfield will come in handy when you want a bite to eat. The city of Pittsfield itself has seen a fairly recent resurgence, with new restaurants opening and many more along the way. As a result, the city center is home to many dining options.
Located just over an hour from Albany and about two hours from Boston or Hartford, Pittsfield is ideal for a day trip or a weekend getaway in Western Massachusetts!
- If you’re looking for the perfect cup of coffee, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge is the place to be. You’ll be hard pressed to find an espresso drinker or foodie who doesn’t like this place. This place is excellent for a quick cup of coffee or to eat in downtown Pittsfield.
- Say you want to mix craft cocktails and serve comfort food all in one, head to Methuselah Bar & Lounge. It’s a great place before or after seeing a Barrington Stage Company show, as it’s conveniently located in the North Street area of Pittsfield.
- Ayalada is a go-to place for frozen yogurt lovers when you’re in Pittsfield. Their rotating list of flavors is delicious, and they have boba! So stop in for a treat, where you can try any combination of flavors with any range of toppings.
- Something about Pittsfield is just perfect for a charcoal thin crust pizza. And the best way to get a slice of that perfect pizza is at the East Side Café in Pittsfield. The stone oven pies are baked with care, and you can choose your toppings or opt for their special with sausage, hot peppers, garlic and mushrooms.
- Italian-American comfort food is what you’ll find at Mazzeo’s Ristorante family restaurant in Pittsfield. The Mazzeo family still owns and operates the restaurant, following a tradition of fresh pasta made daily from scratch. Its menu includes fresh pasta and other ingredients, such as eggplant parmesan tower, brick oven pizza, and popular daily specials.
- If you’re a craft beer lover, you know it’s hard to find new beers to try. So if you live in Pittsfield, MA and are looking for something new, don’t worry! Chico’s Wine and Spirits has you covered. They have cases of all your favorite beers, but they also have plenty of options from smaller breweries across the country.
- The Thrive Diner is the first plant-based restaurant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant focuses on providing fresh, tasty food in a warm and inviting atmosphere – plenty of menu items to suit any vegan’s diet. They source their ingredients locally and make a lot of stuff in-house.
- Start your Saturday morning off right by visiting the Pittsfield Farmers Market. The market, open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, offers a wide variety of local produce, meats and cheeses, artisan products and lots of friendly faces. It’s a great weekend to stock up on fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables for the afternoon barbecue or to buy locally made gifts for friends and family. And with many products available at the end of June, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to buy delicious strawberries or asparagus!
- In a Pittsfield food guide, there are must-see stops. One of them is King Cone, a small ice cream stand on the corner of King and Hancock streets. It’s an example of how sometimes less isn’t just more. That’s all you need. Especially when it comes to snacking in the summer! It’s just a good ice cream that you can eat on a nice summer evening. Also take advantage of the free downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market just steps away from King Cone on Saturday mornings!
- The Smokey Divas is a great take-out restaurant just minutes from downtown Pittsfield. This family business, feminine and multi-generational, serves excellent smoked meats with different accompaniments. You can choose from beef brisket, pulled pork or chicken and sides such as macaroni and cheese, potato salad and collard greens.