No matter how wonderful they are, we can all get tired of visiting the same old restaurants and ordering our usual. Sometimes, we all need a dose of the unexpected.
Elizabeth’s in Pittsfield is a quirky, family-owned eatery that perfectly balances an offbeat attitude with truly delicious food. Read on to learn more about this utterly unique Massachusetts restaurant.
Elizabeth’s is a Berkshire gem that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves.
The first thing you’ll notice about Elizabeth’s is that it looks like someone's colorful house has been plopped down in the middle of a parking lot.
The second thing you’ll notice is that they accept "American money, personal checks and IOUs."
While it’s always best to come prepared with cash, the fact that this place understands that we can all be a tad forgetful at times just underscores what a personable and family-friendly spot Elizabeth’s is.
When you walk inside, you’ll be greeted with the wonderful aroma of cooking food – as well as the sight of the kitchen.
Part of what makes this place so unique is that the tiny dining room shares space with the restaurant's kitchen. In fact, your table might be right next to the chef who's cooking your entree to perfection. It truly feels as if someone dropped a restaurant into the ground floor of a family home.
It's fascinating to watch your order come together while you chat and enjoy a delicious appetizers. The noise level is actually surprisingly low, considering meal prep and munching is being done side by side.
The menu is also a pretty quirky read.
"The Onion: Spanish onion halves baked with a touch of olive oil and jasmine honey - guys, a little wine, honest bread and "the onion" and maybe, just maybe, she (or he) will be your baby tonite."
"Lizzie's Oven-Roasted Wild Mushrooms: your first kiss should be this good. "
"Blazed Shells With Gorgonzola And Baby Sweet Peas: hot, rich and voluptuous. these shells have been known to make grown women weep."
Speaking of the food, you won't find better pasta anywhere.
Elizabeth's cuisine may best be described as a hearty dose of Italian with a respectable side of French cooking and sprinkle of Caribbean influence. Unlike some restaurants that serve delectable food in portions fit for a mouse, everything here is packed with flavor AND perfectly portioned for a hungry patron. Sauces are rich without being heavy, toppings are as perfectly cooked as whatever they're landing on, and there's care and attention lavished on every detail.
If you're in need of a few menu recommendations, we've got you covered.
First of all, the "honest bread" is homemade, freshly-baked and simply fantastic. The daily soup special is always fantastic, and perfect for when you need a meal somewhere between a light snack and a full dinner.
Don’t miss the Fettucine Carol, featuring fettuccine rigate cooked to ideal tenderness, coated in a light cream sauce with white truffle oil and parmesan reggiano. topped with crunchy panko bread crumbs and "served steamy with anticipation." The Puttanesca is also sublime, served with olives, garlic, capers, anchovy, tomato and hot peppers.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m., so don’t be late. Prices here are very reasonable for such amazing cooking, ranging between $10-$30 per person. You can find Elizabeth’s at 1264 East Street, Pittsfield, MA.