Rutland is located a little more than 50 miles west of Boston at the geographic center of Massachusetts. First developed as a town in the 17th century, Rutland is now known for its signature New England clam chowder. Area restaurants compete every August in the Center Tree Chowder/Chili Challenge sponsored by the Rutland Volunteer Fire Brigade. You can enjoy clam chowder and other examples of New England's culinary heritage every day at many restaurants in the Rutland area. If you are in the mood for more global seafood options, you will find several establishments that serve sushi. The Rutland dining scene also includes restaurants that offer steaks, pizza, homemade comfort food and American cuisine. There are French, Italian and Mexican restaurants to choose from if you are looking for a change of pace.