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Silver Lake Providence

Silver Lake & Olneyville Providence

Around the turn of the 20th century, communities of Italian immigrants settled these streets. Now home to a worldlier population, the Silver Lake, Olneyville and Valley Street neighborhoods merge, as flavors and cultures meld in this city area. Being spread out, this community is better traveled by car or explored by bike.

Places to Dine

A visit to Rhode Island is incomplete without stopping by Olneyville New York System for a meal. Be...

Things to Do

Get outside and enjoy Riverside Park, with its playground and boat launch.

Where to Shop

For more than 30 years, the folks at Silver Lake Beer & Wine Making Supply have been known as the local experts in the art of homebrewed beer, wine and liquor. Chat with the staff to pick up some tools and tips. Learn the old-world craft of winemaking and pick up supplies to make your own varietal.


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Places to Dine

You cannot visit Rhode Island without stopping by Olneyville New York System for a meal. Be sure to order properly — “two all the way” — means two hot wieners slathered with mustard and seasoned meat sauce, and topped with celery salt and raw onions. Fries with malt vinegar and a tall glass of the official state drink, coffee milk, are essential accompaniments. (Worry about the heartburn in the morning.)

Authentic and inviting, El Rancho Grande is a small restaurant adored by the locals. Owner and Chef Maria Meza emigrated from Puebla, Mexica in 1992. She shares her traditional Mexican dishes that include complex flavors, layering roasted poblanos, guajillo sauce, hominy corn, handmade tortillas and a spicy mole sauce that is mouthwatering. The food is flavorful and prepared with authentic ingredients. Sauces are spicy and margaritas are freshly prepared to order.

Wes’ Rib House is a local institution that has been serving up Kansas City-style barbecue for many years. Delicious ribs and smoked meats are cooked on an open wood-fire pit. Stop by for lunch, dinner, drinks or takeout and be sure to try the cornbread. For the flavors of the Caribbean, visit Garden of Eve on Harris Ave. Their menu is filled with “Fritay” a Haitian word for fried comfort foods. Enjoy tastes of malanga fritters, sweet chili wings, fried pork, Caribbean steak, goat stew, sweet plantains and more.


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Enjoy eats, beats and drinks at Troop PVD in the Valley Street neighborhood. New and funky, this urban spot features food by Laughing Gorilla Catering, brews by R.I.-based Revival Brewing and sweets by D’Licious Desserts. Dine on brisket tacos, burgers and a banging grilled cheese, all while old-school hip-hop plays in the background.

In the Silver Lake area, there are a few perfect little Italian clubs to visit for a great meal. Visit Tomaselli’s at the Rosario Society for menu items that include snail salad, baked scrod and the Godfather grinder. For a real treat, order up the wings — with varieties like antipasto, pepperoni pizza and french toast. Tomaselli’s occasionally hosts live bands and entertainment. The restaurant has a full bar and is open for dinner weekly from Tuesday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays, the club is closed for private functions. Just down the street, find L’Antica Trattoria at the St. Bart’s Club.


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Located in the Valley neighborhood, with a menu that includes delectable homemade donuts for breakfast and grilled pizzas and quinoa power bowls for lunch, the Café at Easy Entertaining is a hidden treasure. The Café also offers fun cooking classes and expert catering services.

Things to Do

Visit The Providence Gaming Guild in Olneyville, a social club focused on tabletop games. This is a perfect play space with an extensive game library. They host monthly Hearthstone Heroes Fireside Gatherings.

Get outside and enjoy Riverside Park, with its playground and boat launch. Take your kayak or canoe and enjoy a ride along the Woonasquatucket River. There’s also a lovely walking and bike path that crosses over the highway to nearby Merino Park.

Fete Music Hall is an awesome venue to hear local artists and live music. With near nightly shows, which span the genres, stop by and hear everything from jazz to metal to rock, reggae and tribute bands.


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The area has some on-street parking and frequent bus service is provided by RIPTA.

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Insider Tip
Silver Lake & Olneyville

Guy S. calls Justine’s Speakeasy a don't-miss spot in Providence. This unassuming storefront may appear to be a lingerie shop, but behind the front window is a bar with a vintage vibe. Bartenders pride themselves in mixing up Prohibition-era inspired cocktails, like a Sloe Gin Fizz.