Dine-in restaurants have been forced to close as a result of public health concerns to slow and contain the outbreak of corona virus cases spreading widely across countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. In New York State, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has ordered that all employees of non-essential businesses stay at home. Many other states have followed suit.
The executive orders signed by Governor Cuomo defining essential businesses have been carefully outlined by The National Law Journal (3/21/20). The category Essential retail, includes restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery).
Though millions have lost their employment, it has been widely reported that grocery stores, Amazon and pizza chains are hiring. Pizza deliveries are surging as people around the country hunker down according to a story (3/22/20) in the New York Times. In Chicago alone, it’s been reported, Domino’s was looking to hire 1,000 workers.
In the U.S., it’s safe to say that pizza has challenged the hamburger as the most popular food since the first pizza establishment in the country was opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905. And we’ve taken some pride in developing our directory of Farm to Table Pizza.
Earlier this month, dining-in at Berkshire Mountain Bakery’s Pizza Cafe in Pittsfield (Berkshire County) in western Massachusetts, we enjoyed one of the most delicious pizzas in a lifetime of pizza pleasure. It was the special pizza bianca (white, no tomato sauce) of the day: mozzarella, butternut squash, caramelized onions, spinach and shave parmesan with a thin sour dour crust. Deliziosa!
On its Facebook page, Berkshire Mountain Bakery notes that its Take & Bake Pizza (Hand Shaped Sourdough Pizzas, Cook At Home, Bakes in 12 Mins.) are available for curb side pick up at its pizza cafe in Pittsfield as well as its main bakery location in Housatonic (Berkshire County). The menu for the Pittsfield Pizza Cafe lists 13 different pizzas as well as a Make Your Own listing of potential ingredients. Calling ahead is required to find out what is available for curb side pick up.
Have a yen for a pizza and don’t live in the Berkshires? Check out our Farm To Table Pizza directory, which now includes three dozen listings
(Frank W. Barrie, 3/26/20)