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The Backroom in Pittsfield, Vermont Adds a Welcome Dash of Eccentricity to The Comfort and Intimacy of Home

By Paul Rowe

Open from Thanksgiving until June, The Backroom is a seasonal restaurant in Pittsfield, Vermont providing both the intimate look and feel of a dinner party. Boasting an atmosphere that is warm, cozy, and welcoming, The Backroom touts a vibrant, ever-changing menu that rotates every week. Just like dinner parties often change in theme, style, and entrée, The Backroom's menu always has a surprise in store for guests.

The Backroom feels like Chef Kevin Lasko's private kitchen, and the dinner service reflects this level of intimacy. Each and every time you dine at The Backroom, you join fellow diners for a communal dinner party in Lasko's kitchen.

The atmosphere suggests that you are at a cool friend's house: a cool friend who just happens to be an amazing chef. The exquisite meals here are complemented by the refreshing, fruit-forward cocktails adorning the menu. Without a doubt, on any given night at The Backroom, one of the true highlights of the intimate dining experience is cocktail hour.

"When guests arrive we serve a bunch of different snacks," owners Katie Stiles and Kevin Lasko said. "We always have six to ten different bites, and we try to incorporate a lot of different ingredients that guests might not be familiar with like steak tartar, chicken liver pate, beef heart, monkfish liver, sea urchin, and so much more."

Revolving around local produce, pastured meats, and whatever is currently inspiring to the masterful and creative Chef Lasko, The Backroom's rich farm-to-table menu is meant to be a surprising experience. In the past, before the main course, guests have relished the clam toast with lovage, buttered ramp toast, sundried tomato and basil arancini, beef carpaccio, and goat tartar, accompanied with a crisp glass of champagne.

From the champagne, to the unique, mouth-watering appetizers, all the way down to the delicious desserts including a Baked Alaska made with rhubarb pound cake and basil ice cream. The menu is accomplished, bold, and surprising. Although The Backroom hasn't been in Pittsfield for that long, this welcoming restaurant has already made its presence felt as the most remarkable restaurant in the region.

"We moved here from NYC, where we had spent the last 15 years, and were looking to get out," Stiles and Lasko said. "Before we left NYC we were doing a lot of dinner parties at the houses of clients. It was nice to experience intimate guest interaction, and that is what The Backroom stemmed from."

The comforts of home are often left of our typical dining experiences. At The Backroom, guests bask in the comfort and delight of an intimate evening with old friends.

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