Location: 186 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI 02906
Cuisine: French seasonal
Price: average to pricy
Will I eat there again: Definitely
La Laiterie is a very well run and executed restaurant with delicious food (and cheese), and a wonderful selection of inebriating offerings. We started off with seasoned fried cracklings and a great belgian high-powered ale on draft (La Laiterie maintains 4-5 beers on tap- and they are all good- as in they are not normally found in 36 pack aluminum cans, unlike the draft beers at many restaurants). Cheese is prevalent on the menu- due to the fact that La Laiterie is an offshoot of Farmstead- THE cheese shop of Providence (you actually enter thru Farmstead- and then turn into a second room where the restaurant is).
The decor is simple and attractive, the service is attentive, and the bartender was very helpful. In addition to the cheeses, Farmstead offers some house-made cured pig options, which are quite tasty. A cured ham, cheese, and arugula grilled cheese and a locally raised beef burger served as our entrees- excellent although fairly rich. My only complaint is that while everything tasted excellent, the judicious use of fats from dairy, oil, and animal was quite noticeable throughout the whole meal. Perhaps that was just our fault due to what we ordered- but toning down the richness a notch could of elevated the meal even further I believe.
Fortunately a freshly crushed cranberry and Saint Germain martini (a popular house creation) cleansed our palettes as dinner was winding down.
Very good food and drinks in an attractive setting make for a memorable meal. There is often a wait- but it is well worth it.