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Longing for Italian and Steak in NW CT/Great Barrington area

I went to Fiori last fall - we went without a reservation and the hostess gave us "a look" then proceeded to walk us through an empty restaurant to a crappy table by the kitchen door; I pointed at a window table and she relented. The restaurant remained empty (a Saturday night in the fall, not a good sign) but the food was actually great. GB can be hit or miss, as, with the exception of Cafe Adam, I have never had consistency from visit to visit with any of the restaurants I have gone to there. For the better end of downtown GB, I would suggest either Fiori or Allium (right across the street). If you are looking for a food experience, I would say Cafe Adam.

I had been eying Trattoria Rustica in Pittsfield for a few years and finally went there last month, as it is next door to the new Beacon Theater . . . what a disappointment. Again, a very uncrowded restaurant where they look at walk-ins as though they are invaders. The appetizers were bland and uninspired as were the entries. A lovely setting, with maybe overly-precious service, so I will give it another go at some point, but it was not what I had hoped it would be.

Feb 03, 2013
DRex357 in Southern New England

Thoughts on the Pioneer Valley

Agree 100%. Excellent Italian or Mexican food require nothing that isn't freely/easily available in Western Mass. What it does require is avoiding the microwave and overcooking and thinking that "it'll be awesome once I slather the 'gravy' on it."

Oct 20, 2012
DRex357 in Southern New England

Greek Food - Summit, NJ

OMG! The gyros at these diners are dreck - more like sliced lamb sausage, fresh from the freezer. I so desperately want a fresh mixed grill with a little salad on the side. Please let's not confuse greek food with diners owned by people of greek descent.

Oct 22, 2011
DRex357 in New Jersey

Huntley Tavern or Bona Vita Osteria in Summit, NJ?

What's wrong with adding to old threads? It seems like a good way to keep information about a venue, town or whatnot in one place. It seems so much easier than running through seventy threads on the same place. To each her own I suppose.

Oct 22, 2011
DRex357 in New Jersey

Honey Browns in Summit

Where are the Greek places there are plenty of? By "greek places" I mean Greek cuisine, mixed grills, fresh fish, that sort of thing.

Jul 07, 2011
DRex357 in New Jersey

Honey Browns in Summit

Just what Summit needs - another Italian sit down restaurant. Can we get someone with a little creativity? How about a real Greek place? A Japanese noodle place? A place with real, good southern fare? A good vegan place? Something that you can't already find 5 of in town? Maybe that Persian Gril down by the Harquali auto parts place should move into the center of town where people might actually see it?

Jun 13, 2011
DRex357 in New Jersey

Huntley Tavern or Bona Vita Osteria in Summit, NJ?

I agree - go to Fiorino's or if you want BYOB, go to their sibling restaurant down on Morris Ave - La Focacia. BVO was not only nothing to write home about, I thought it was just simply bad. Step one should be to get rid of the micowave - nuked meatballs are downright tortious.

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Fiorino
38 Maple St., Summit, NJ 07901

Jun 13, 2011
DRex357 in New Jersey

Allium-More precious than Wheatleigh

I don't mind the portion sizes at Allium but they are definitely smaller than most similar restaurants. The food has the potential to be good, but I was there tonight and the burger bun was stale (crumbly) and there was a mysterious charge on my bill - a random $11 without any itemized description - when we asked about it the waitress immediately removed it, so fast that it made me wonder. Explanation: "our computer" - really? 2011 and your "computer" adds an unexplained charge to an otherwise highly itemized and accurate bill? Hmmmm. Not sure how I feel about going back again.

Jun 05, 2011
DRex357 in Southern New England

Eating in the Berkshires

The writer seemed a bit of a dolt, but come on guys . . . as a weekender from NYC metro area, I have been trying to find an array of good dining options up here inthe central berkshires and I have to say - the pickins are quite limited. I have yet to find a really good steak or fresh fish. There are several places with passable pub grub, but I think the problem up here is not the intention or effort, it's the quantity of customers who demand excellence. It seems like because the winter is rather sparse, bad habits from the winter/spring seep into the summer/fall and food tends to be overcooked or not fresh or just plain uninspired. When Salmon Run consistently shows up as a place to go, you _know_ there is just not a food scene here at this point. Haven't tried Nudel yet (thinking it's like the soup nazi?) but otherwise, just feeling ho hum about the food quality here. Just my humble opinion.

Mar 31, 2011
DRex357 in Food Media & News

Pittsfield - Lennox - Williamstown Recs Please

Is the Trattoria Rustica still open? We were there a few weekends ago on a Saturday evening and it was closed up tight. Seemed like a strange time to be shut.

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Trattoria Rustica
75 North St Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Nov 22, 2010
DRex357 in Southern New England

Lee/Lennox/Becket/Chester/Otis Recommendations

Wanting to start a thread on the better dining experiences in the towns of Lee/Lennox/Becket/Chester/Otis. I tend to like pub-style, casual places with a varied menu, but do enjoy the occcasional "night out" with something higher up the chain. I like the Pioneer Grill a lot, when it is open, and aside from that I have had a hard time finding places I look forward to going. Went to the Locker Room Sports Bar once and the food was OK, went to Salmon Run Fish House -had high hopes dashed by so-so service and food, though I read a lot of favorable reviews about their food and service so maybe it's just me? The Arizona Pizza place is OK, better than a TGIF or Ruby Tuesdays but maybe not by much. Didn't see anythign in Otis and the places in Lennox seem uninviting - am I missing some jewel? So, please use this thread to introduce _your_ experiences in the area. I would love to hear about options that do not involve driving 40 minutes into Great Barrington, or into Pittsfield.

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Arizona Pizza
51 Park St, Lee, MA 01238

Salmon Run Fish House
78 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

Locker Room Sports Bar
232 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

Twenty Railroad St
20 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Nov 09, 2010
DRex357 in Southern New England

Just Moved to Summit, NJ (from Brooklyn) and struggling to find good food! Help.

I live in Summit and have never been to the Hunt Club at the Hotel so I ought to try it (Roots is over-rated). My issue with Fiorino's is that every time I go there the waitstaff is sort of aggressive in rushing me through the dinner . . . for the price, they ought to chill a little bit. I think that they are somehow related to La Focacia, which in some ways is better becasue it is BYOB so yousave a lot on that end.

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Fiorino
38 Maple St., Summit, NJ 07901

Sep 17, 2010
DRex357 in New Jersey

Family Friendly Dining in/near Lenox, MA?

I agree - Salmon Run was a HUGE disappointment - the staff was condescending and unhelpful to this newbie and te food was dancing on the edge of lousy. But it does a land office business in season.

Sep 17, 2010
DRex357 in Southern New England