Where to eat in the Berkshires/Western Massachusetts


Liliana, one of the restaurant owners, told us La Fogata means "The Bonfire" in Spanish and we warmed right up to this clean and friendly restaurant's authentic Colombian cuisine. It will certainly heat up your Latin soul in the cold winter months ahead as well as bring you back for leisurely peak season Berkshire dining because this is one of the best restaurants around. We stopped by on a sunny Sunday afternoon and the relaxing atmosphere and intoxicating food was all it has been hyped up to be.

One appetizers that we chose consisted of hot and spicy Chorizo that was juicy and bursting with flavor along side silver dollar sized white corn cakes. These little cakes are so very light, just ground corn and wheat and flour free. Anne just adored these treats and they go so well with the sliced chorizo. The other appetizer was the super fresh green and slightly spicy guacamole with a tasteful amount of chopped onions and cilantro giving it a nice consistency. A really great start but on to the entrées we go...

Steve had the Bandeja Tipica, which consisted of steak, an egg, one long uncut sweet plantain, a fried rind (my first time-think thick cut bacon), a scooped out half an avocado with white rice.

La Fogata Colombian Restaurant
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La Fogata Colombian Restaurant
770 Tyler St
Pittsfield, MA. 01201

The thin steak was cooked just right, grilled on the outside and pinkish on the inside, juicy and tender. This is more than one meal and probably what Steve will order every time he goes which will be often so you'll have to write in about the other delectable dishes after you go and we'll post it.

Anne had the shrimp and rice dish with yellow rice and green plantains. A seaside Columbian specialty, very well presented in an inverted bowl shape surrounded by the side of lightly fried tostones (green plantains) which are fantastic with a dollop of their incredible chimichurri sauce (chopped cilantro, garlic and olive oil) mmm...Steve's favorite sauce in the world and theirs is tops!

We both had a relaxing Sunday afternoon leisurely eating away the day at our own pace in this South American outpost where everyone feels at home. Anne had a fresh mango and papaya drink. All the fruit drinks are made to order and are a house specialty. Beer and wine are BYO until the peak season when they'll be getting their license.

So remember don't Fogata to go!