Sandwiched between Boston and New York City, Providence, Rhode Island is seldom considered a power player in the culinary scene. However, with major institutions like Johnson & Wales University and one of the last remaining “Little Italys” in the nation, Providence has quickly – and perhaps silently – risen to foodie fame.
By Catherine Groux — Photographed by Jazz Martin
Today, Providence has more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the country, creating a rich culinary culture infused with classic New England ingredients and vivid multicultural flavors. From the turn-of-the-century homes on College Hill to the pedestrian-lined streets of Federal Hill, Providence has proven that when it comes to food, it’s here to stay.
Of course, I didn’t always feel this way. Like many Bostonians, I was content with the endless number of restaurants in the city, but when two friends asked if I wanted to check out the culinary scene in Providence, I couldn’t say no. So the three of us set off, willing to keep open minds – and open stomachs – to see what’s stirring in Providence.