Hot Tomatoes closing Pittsfield pizzeria, will focus on Williamstown shop

Hot Tomatoes pizza is served at the inaugural Best in the Berkshires showcase outside The Eagle in 2017. The company is closing its Pittsfield restaurant, and will focus on its original location in Williamstown.

PITTSFIELD — After more than a decade serving popular Neapolitan-style pizza pies, Hot Tomatoes has closed its Tyler Street restaurant for good, another victim of the coronavirus pandemic.

The restaurant, which had been operating on reduced hours since June, broke the news on its Facebook page Thursday. The message to patrons — in all-capital letters — couldn’t be missed, though fans of the restaurant might have rather not seen it.

“Hot Tomatoes thanks each and everyone of you for an awesome 12 years,” the statement from the English family read. “It is with great sadness and reservations to make this difficult decision to close up shop, but that we must. Covid has made it difficult for staffing reasons to remain open.”

Gourmands with a hankering for a Hot Tomatoes pie still can travel to the restaurant's original location of 26 years in Williamstown, which the English family says it now is making its main focus. The restaurant was the winner of Best Pizza honors in The Eagle's 2016 Best in the Berkshires reader poll.

As Hot Tomatoes ends its run in Pittsfield, another pizzeria is entering the market. The owners of Ayelada recently opened Crust adjacent to their frozen yogurt shop on East Street.

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.