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Photos: End of an era: Pizza Factory in Florence to close
05-30-2024 4:55 PM

FLORENCE — The Pizza Factory in downtown Florence, which nearly closed two years ago to make way for a marijuana dispensary, will open its doors for the final time on Friday.The longtime pizza business at 143 Main St., at the corner of Main and North...

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Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat
02-23-2024 2:23 PM

By AZAI DUGGER and ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order
02-09-2024 12:36 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...


For restaurants, card fees are baked in and rising
07-26-2023 4:19 PM

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — Cash used to be king, but most diners now pay their bill with a credit or debit card, and restaurateurs told lawmakers Monday that the habit is squeezing their already-thin profit margins.Massachusetts is one of two states that does not allow...


Is rebirth coming to downtown Northampton? Challenges persist, but many predict a post-pandemic rebound
06-08-2023 9:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Patrick Goggins was growing up, downtown Northampton was a rather mild and plain place. There were many vacancies, with the area characterized mostly by stores selling men’s clothing and hardware appliances.“It wasn’t what we would...


Packies, restaurants divided over takeout drinks
06-04-2023 3:00 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — It’s the restaurants versus the packies.Lawmakers considering whether to continue allowing patrons to purchase beer, wine and cocktails to go with their takeout food orders must weigh the interests of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association,...


Northampton may soon get 3 new restaurants
03-05-2023 6:48 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city may soon get a New Orleans-theme restaurant downtown, along with a new coffee shop and a new sports bar in Florence. The owners of the prospective businesses have completed applications for alcohol and food licenses with the...


Best Bites: No matter the style, BBQ right at home in Valley
02-18-2023 9:00 AM

‘Barbecue” means many different things to many different people. So does “BBQ.” So let’s get the first big question out of the way first: Is it barbecue or BBQ? Google Trends, the super-brain, says it’s BBQ. U.S. searches for both terms peak each year...


Easthampton’s sizzling scene: In the dead of winter, city nightlife has a varied and vital buzz
02-18-2023 9:00 AM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

It’s the coldest night of the season, so cold that the wind stings, so cold that our photographer’s lenses need time to thaw, so cold that from the bar of the Marigold, you can’t see the street because the doors are coated in ice.But inside. Inside is...


Northampton mayor wants to add 7 all-alcohol licenses, continue outdoor dining
02-06-2023 9:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Kyle Anderson has a vision that one day his downtown pub will be a place for people to get a full cocktail experience, something he feels is lacking in the area.“We look at it as an opportunity to draw people in the mixology field to...


Best Bites: Robin’s picks: Best of the Valley 2023
01-13-2023 4:54 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

With a new year of dining ahead, it’s time to boil down all of my last year’s recommendations into a cheat sheet that you can clip or print and stick on your fridge: the best of Best Bites. I’ve picked 40 amazing places to eat and drink in the area...


Best Bites with Robin Goldstein: Western Mass Indian food worthy of a pilgrimage
12-02-2022 3:56 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

In Amritsar, India, on the banks of a shimmering pond called AmritSarovar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), sits the Sri Harmandir Sahib. It is the Adobe of God, known colloquially as the “Golden Temple,” and it is one of the most important sites...


From Coco to Calico: Restaurateurs, former employees relaunch famed eatery under new name
03-30-2022 2:48 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — A shuttered Main Street restaurant that beckoned national attention has reopened its doors under a new name.Three former employees of Coco and The Cellar Bar and two area restaurateurs have relaunched the 95 Main St. hot spot under the...


Savannas offers uptown dining experience in Amherst
12-23-2021 3:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — For more than half a century, the Jolly family has run Amherst restaurants where people can drop in to get a burger and beer in a casual environment.In Savannas Amherst Bar & Bistro, owner Aaron Jolly is creating a place that he hopes will...


The Lone Wolf closes after 17-year run in downtown Amherst
06-03-2021 9:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Lone Wolf, a 17-year restaurant in downtown Amherst, will not be reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic eases.Owner and chef Rob Watson announced in a letter to customers on the restaurant’s Facebook page that he has decided not to resume...


Pizzeria Paradiso changing hands, name
08-04-2019 11:57 PM

By BERA DUNAU

NORTHAMPTON — When he was around 10 years old, Andrew Brow went to Pizzeria Paradiso. As he was watching one of the cooks work, their eyes met and something special happened: The cook threw him a pizza dough.“I caught it, and I threw it back up to...


A dish of success: Spoleto owner still going strong 30 years on
11-13-2017 1:01 PM

By BERA DUNAU

NORTHAMPTON — The year is 1987. The scene is downtown Northampton. A tall, skinny young man with a beard is staring at a key outside a storefront — a key to his future. “I was contemplating how this one key was gonna change everything,” restaurateur...

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