Hotspot: Love tacos? You'll want try this place ...

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Battista's International House of Tacos: 1231 West Housatonic St, Pittsfield, Phone: 413-464-8654

Recipe for Success: Psst ... have you heard about the new taco place in Pittsfield? I first heard about Battista's International House of Tacos from my coworker who had driven by and saw a small sign. A few weeks passed, and coworkers and friends were telling me about IHOT — I'm not so sure on the implications of it being similar to IHOP — but guys, it's tacos! Is there Facebook presence? No. Is there a website or place that I could look at a menu or an extensive Yelp listing? Not so much. When I inquired about the menu, it was repeated from memory and shown to me as a photo from someone who had visited. When someone is raving about the food before there is no official sign marking the opening, I knew I had to check this place out.

When you approach this new-ish hotspot, you'll find a small red building with a large oversized sign letting you know you're in the right place. You enter through the bar, with a couple of large-screen televisions on the wall, and to your left is the main dining area. After sitting down, there are no printed menus handed to you, as the whole menu is on three chalkboards in the dining room.

What we can't get enough of: Now, I bet you thought I was going to say tacos, right? Well the answer, of course, is yes, but I will get to that. I first want to address the craft beer options and share that while it is a casual family friendly environment, it has a pretty solid craft beer list that is worth mentioning. Now, for what everyone's been waiting for! It has a few appetizers, which include Vietnamese taquitos, a meat shrimp mixture in a rice paper roll. The taco menu includes about 10 location-inspired tacos. Each order comes with two tacos, with prices ranging from $6.50 to $7.95 per order. On my recent visit, I had the Japanese ahi tuna tacos ($7.95), with arugula, onions, tomatoes and cusabi dressing. My dining companion chose the Vietnamese chicken tacos with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, onions and lemongrass ($6.50). Both over-sized tacos were very filling and were worth the wait (it was a busy night). I'll be coming back to try the Baja fish tacos, and I am excited to see what other options Battista's comes up with.


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