Pittsfield, MA: Spice and Jimmy's
SPICE was a very good restaurant that I can definitely recommend. For appetizers we had Fried Green Tomatoes, Gazpacho, and Arugala Salad. The tomatoes were just ok, one slice was too thick and another had lost the proper crust to tomato ratio. The Gazpacho was very good with a garnish of crabmeat and croutons. The Salad was also very good and was served with a thick slice of fried goat cheese.
For entrees we had Lobster and Macaroni, Whole Red Snapper, Grilled Salmon, and Roast Chicken. The lobster and macaroni was in a very tasty chive cream sauce that blended well with the lobster. The problem with this dish was that there was way too little lobster in it. The snapper was cooked perfectly with crispy skin and juicy meat that separated from the bone easily. It was served with roast potatoes. The salmon was also very good. It was a good sized salmon steak served with succotash. The chicken was excellent. It had a nice crispy skin and perfectly cooked meat that was still nice and juicy. It was served with fingerling potatoes and spinach.
For dessert we had Lemon Pudding Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, and a Plate of Cookies. The torte was outstanding, very rich and chocolaty with nice chunks of nuts. The cookies consisted of oatmeal cranberry, chocolate chip, macademia nut, and chocolate. All were very crisp and tasty. The lemon cake was tart and lemony with a consistency between pudding and cake that seemed just right.
Jimmy’s is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that was uneven. We were lured there by the menu in the phone book that made us think it was a neighborhood type restaurant from our youth and they had fried clams. Unfortunately the fried clams were clam strips, so we forgot those. It did fit the bill as a neighborhood restaurant like those we remember. They did have STUFFED CLAMS as an appetizer that were good. There were three stuffed littlenecks with a clam sauce. The stuffing was very tasty, but I would have liked more clams in it.
We also had a COMBO PIZZA and BAKED STUFFED HADDOCK. The haddock was excellent. A large piece of fish stuffed with crabmeat and breadcrumbs served with a side of pasta or potatoes. We chose the linguini with meat sauce, and got a very large portion of slightly overcooked linguini with a generous portion of an ok meat sauce. The pizza was awful. The topping was fine, but the dough was thick crust and had a very insubstantial consistency. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it was a frozen commercial shell.