Classy Baba Louie's will be dearly missed

To the editor:

A tip of the hat to Paul and Eileen Masiero, whose Baba Louie's restaurant brightened the block on Depot Street in Pittsfield for the past five years. How sad to see them leave. But what a great reason.

No, the popular eatery did not fail, its business was quite healthy. Rather, the owners recognized that they'd rather spend time with the rest of their family and growing children than tending to their third restaurant. I think it's accurate to call this a heroic decision: a difficult one, for sure, but the correct one. Bravo!

From all appearances, and personal experience, this is a great team, a crew that's more like family in a family-friendly restaurant. Over the dozen-or-so jazz performances that Berkshires Jazz has hosted in the storied "Baba Louie's Backroom," we always had a positive, professional, and friendly experience. This was helped by excellent food, of course. The father of one of this year's performers, who runs an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, said that the Baba Louie's pizza was as good as any he'd expect to get in New York. High praise.

Baba Louie's Backroom has hosted impressive jazz talent over the past few years, and we will miss the ambiance: the hard-wood floors, brick walls, and even the unfortunately-placed columns; in general, the vibe.


It will be difficult to find another operator who can generate the positive feelings that we always had when dining, attending, or hosting an event at 34 Depot Street. New occupants, take heed: you have a high bar to clear.

Edward Bride, Pittsfield