#100ThingsPVD On PattyJ.com!


Rebecca here!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year–and it’s such a great time to take a day trip (or longer) in Providence, RI!

#100ThingsPVD has so many great suggestions, we shared with our favorite RI blogger PattyJ! Check it out here:


#20 Visit Southern Italy at Zooma Trattoria

Yum, yum, yum!20160519_121912

It’s pretty difficult to dine out anywhere in Providence, R.I. without uttering these words. In fact, with so many delicious options for foodies of all varieties, it can be somewhat overwhelming trying to decide where to eat.

My favorite restaurant on Federal Hill, the city’s “Little Italy,” is Zooma Trattoria, a gem of a place that never disappoints.

Everything on the menu is made fresh-to-order, from the La Caprese antipasti (above) to scrumptious Neapolitan pizza, unbelievable entrees and can’t-resist desserts.

I first discovered Zooma, as its known to locals, on a press trip several years ago. The ever-present and friendly general manager Armando¬†Bigsceglia is himself the genius behind the trattoria’s exceptionl wine list, which is tops among the Italian restaurants that line Federal Hill.

Perfect for a meal any day or night of the week, Zooma also offers a $14.95 three-course “executive” lunch Monday through Friday for those businesses lunches that require an elegant touch, monthly wine dinners and many other special events.

Zooma also is perfect for a first-date drink or an after-work cocktail. It’s the first restaurant I recommend to visitors and newbies to Providence’s restaurant scene and it’s quickly become a favorite among them!

245 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 401-383-2002


#53 Catch a Concert at Waterplace Park


A couple summers back, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing my youngest brother Patrick, above in this super cute pic of us, perform before a couple thousand folks at Waterplace Park during local station WBRU 95.5‘s summer concert series put on each year in cooperation with the city of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism.

It was his first time performing before a crowd of this size. He was subbing in on guitar for Boston, Mass.-based Satellites Fall and he was both super nervous and super excited.

I was a little bit of both, too-how could a big sister not be a bit nervous here-but I was much more in awe of the atmosphere. So many had gathered on a warm Friday evening, a perfect summer-in-the-city night, and their energy was ah-mazing.

It also helped that because I was “with the band,” that I got to behind the ropes and really take in the view of the crowd that my brother and the band was getting. If I had any musical talent whatsoever, I would definitely have been tempted to try to join a band after this experience. To have all those people cheering for you? Wowsah.

But because my talents lie elsewhere, I was more than happy to be an active participant. I cheered and jumped with more energy than I thought I had (a hazard of being no longer 20-something at the end of the work week is sometimes a lack of it) and when the show was over, I enjoyed a nice stroll along the river walk.

The 2017 series calendar hasn’t been released yet, but check out the above link to stay tuned for updates. My guess is that it will be rockin’ once again.

#21 Vino, Please

394551_10151606789726963_454393788_nAnyone who knows me knows that wine tasting is one of my favorite hobbies. Far from an expert or snob, I firmly believe that the most important rule about wine is to drink what you like and that you never know where you’ll discover a new favorite.

Except I bet you’ll find more than one wine you love at any one of Rhode Island’s wineries. From sparkling night-starters to sippable whites, dinner-ready reds and sweet wines perfect for dessert, there’s truly something for everyone.

In “100 Things To Do in Providence Before You Die,” I mention several of the state’s wineries. I’ve enjoyed visiting nearly all of them-one or two has popped up since I wrote the book-but my favorite has to be Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth. Summer Saturdays feature live jazz music which provides the perfect setting for a wine-fueled picnic after tasting.

This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me on Rhode Island wineries. Stay tuned for individual posts on each winery. Cheers!