Rhode Island's restaurant scene has flourished over the past decade, fueled by the creative passion of award-winning chefs, many in their 20s and early 30s, who have elevated fine dining to an art form. Abundant fresh seafood also makes for outstanding fish-and-chips, clam chowder, and stuffed quahogs (the hard clam that is the official state shell), which are all best enjoyed at one of the state's many clam shacks. Then there is regional fare such as the thin corn pancake cooked on a griddle known as the johnnycake, as well as coffee milk, Del's frozen lemonade, and Gray's Ice Cream. Authentic Italian restaurants can be found in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood.
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