The History of Sully
Francis “Sully” Rice was born in Rutland, VT during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. He credits his mother, of Italian heritage, for teaching him the art of “cooking to taste”. Many hours during his adolescent years, he spent “watching the pot, testing and tasting old world recipes” which were served to his large family of five brothers and sisters.
It took many years in other fields of endeavor for him to recognize his true vocation. After his own catering business and several years cooking at the Elks Club in Rutland VT; Patricia’s Restaurant was established in 1988. Over the years, local have come to know Patricia’s as “Sully’s Place” as his character is as much of the lure as the great food.
Loyal customers over the years have considered many of his dishes “all time favorites”, such as his Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Italian Marinara, Prime Rib, New England Clam Chowder, Pasta E’Fagouli soup and many more.
He has trained many over the years and for the past 11 years Connie Bissette has been his protégé. She’s mastered all his recipes and created some unique ones of her own. You can find Connie in the kitchen more often than not; she also bakes all the desserts.
Our nature theme presents an interior of knotty pine with walls decorated with a surprising gallery of lighted oil paintings, carvings of birds, fish and wildlife, many from local artists. Enjoy dining in a casual candle light setting with soft music and fine food in one of the few remaining “Mom & Pop” restaurants in Vermont.