You want a piece of me? ... Our top Pittsfield pizza picks
Originally Posted Monday, July 16, 2018 12:09 pm on BerkshireEagle.com
By Stephanie Gravalese, Eagle correspondent
No matter which way you slice it — we love our pizza in Pittsfield.
Whether you are ordering in a quick meal for the family, or enjoying a night out, pizza is undeniably a popular go-to option. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 13 percent of Americans consume pizza on any given day.
In Pittsfield, we're proud to be home to more than 20 pizza places in the city. While each neighborhood has their favorite and the debate can go on about who has the best crust, the best sauce or the best delivery, we highlight four locally owned businesses and their take on a specific type of pizza. All these locations offer sit down, takeaway or delivery options, and most offer gluten-free options.
East Side Cafe
378 Newell St., 413-447-9405
Monday-Wednesday, lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; open til 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.- 11 p.m. (pizza served Thursday-Sunday, 4 p.m. to close)
This Pittsfield staple is high on the list of pizza stops, and is a family-owned business in operation for over 30 years. The glowing light of the East Side Cafe sign comes with the promise of coal-fired pizza that certainly lives up to its reputation. Pizza toppings are simple — you can build your own, many customers opt for The Special with sausage, mushrooms, garlic and hot peppers.
We chose a personal-size pepperoni pizza, which was under $10 and came out piping hot in a matter of minutes. The crust was thin — with the perfect amount of char — the pepperoni was hand-cut, and each slice was perfect for fold-and-hold eating. You can sit at the bar or one of the banquettes to eat in, with an option to takeout. If you're eating in, you can relax, grab a drink and watch the game. A couple things to note about East Side Cafe: they only serve pizza Thursday through Sunday, from 4 p.m. to close. They are a cash-only spot, but have an ATM on-site. Make sure to time it right and brings some bills if you're looking to grab a slice! (Gluten-free options available)
Berkshire Mountain Bakery Pizza Cafe
180 A Elm St., 413-464-9394
Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
A newcomer to the Pittsfield pizza scene, Berkshire Mountain Bakery Pizza Cafe is the second outpost to its original location and bakery in Housatonic. They set themselves apart by making their creations on the world-renowned, white-wheat sourdough crust originated by owner Richard Bourdon. The cafe offers 13 different combinations, as well as an option to build your own.
My usual go-to is the Richard with fresh mozzarella, marinara, sweet sausage, kalamata olives, chevre and sun-dried tomatoes ($14.99). In addition to be able to order in and take and bake, you can buy the frozen crust and make your own pizza creations. If you still have room after your pizza, make sure to pick up a loaf of its famous Bread and Chocolate, it's pretty special. (Gluten-free options available)
Hot Tomatoes Neapolitan Pizza
542 Tyler St., 413-443-6500
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 3-9 p.m.
Hot Tomatoes brings a strong Neapolitan influence to the Pittsfield scene. Originally in Williamstown, the second location on Tyler street offers an expanded menu, ample seating and a casual atmosphere. Offering sit down, take out or delivery, the menu features inventive flavor combinations from eggplant and goat cheese with breaded eggplant, goat cheese, oven-roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes and basil ($17) to an old-school classic, the Napoletana, with anchovies and capers (13).
Their Buffalo pizza — wing sauce topped with grilled chicken, celery, red onions and spices — even comes with a side of blue cheese for dipping if that's your style. We can get behind this thin crust, and if you're still hungry, order some gelato to help beat the hot New England weather.
Papa Joe's Ristorante & Pizzeria
107 Newell St., 413-442-PAPA (7272) or 413-499-2151
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, noon - 10 p.m.
This classic Italian family-owned restaurant offers an extensive menu of Italian-American favorites, (including several types of pizza), but today we're highlighting its deep-dish game. Its Chicago-style deep dish has a buttery crust that holds up to high-quality toppings. The dough is made fresh daily and there's fresh mozzarella on every slice. We went with The Don (with ricotta cheese, mozzarella, spinach, broccoli and fresh tomato and Parmesan cheese at $16), but there are several other combos that are worth checking out as well. Beer and wine are available if you are dining in, and this family friendly spot is great for large groups, and offers dining in, delivery or take away. Looking for something sweet? Whether you are dining in or taking away, Papa Joe's offers traditional Sicilian cannolis, homemade pies, tiramisu and other sweet treats. (Gluten-free options available).