Mangia, Rhode Island-style, for many locals and visitors to America's smallest state is a trip to Atwells Avenue on Providence's Federal Hill. It's the state's "Little Italy" district, which is right off Route 95 and steps from downtown. Since the early 1900s when approximately 54,000 Italian immigrants landed in Rhode Island and pushcarts lined the streets, Federal Hill still holds its own for authentic Italian dining and food shopping.
Many Federal Hill's merchants grew up on "The Hill" in Italian families where recipes were handed down through generations. Today, those traditions offer a delicious example of culinary tourism at its best.