Providence, R.I. is a small city with a feast of culinary options.How Nashville is Transforming Itself Into a Global CityHow SCADPro is Fueling Economic Development in Savannah
New York Times restaurant reviewer Pete Wells recently began a write-up of a new Manhattan pizza place with an
Wells wrote, “When New Yorkers hear that Violet, a new restaurant in the East Village, serves a style of pizza that comes from Rhode Island, they
The point was clear: Big city foodies don’t give Providence much respect.
In fact, Wells continued, New Yorkers shouldn’t be so snooty: Providence pizza “is not a joke.” It’s
It’s also part of one of the most diverse and ambitious food scenes of any small city in the country. The abundant restaurant options in Providence range from locally sourced American food at
Several things explain why. One is a cohort of sophisticated diners who can support such a restaurant culture, ranging from the academics who work at Brown to the hipsters from that college and others, like the Rhode Island School of Design and Providence College. Many of these young people stick around after graduation, helping to rejuvenate a downtown filled with
Another factor is Providence’s ethnic diversity: Whites, including significant groupings of Italians and Irish,
Providence has its challenges, including a legacy of corrupt local and state government and relatively high unemployment. Mayor Jorge Elorza is putting the stink of corruption in the past, however, while economic development around food, health, entrepreneurship, colleges and tourism is helping boost the regional economy. Fueled by its fantastic food, Providence is picking up steam.