Vescio's Originale

Vescio's Originale

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vescios.com/
  • Phone: 6123781747x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Vescio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Vescio"s Originale offers personalized catering service from our entire menu. American dishes and other items are available upon request. Caterings range from simple "drop-offs" in disposable aluminum pans to full service caterings. Please contact Frank Vescio or Tony Vescio at 612-378-1747 to personalize your catering today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fourth Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stops are in the Dinkytown area within on block of our restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street meter parking as well as public lot parking are available. Vescio"s Originale validates the first hour of parking in the public lots. For location of public lots, please go to our website at www.vesciosdinkytown.com.
A word from Vescio's Originale
In 1956, Frank T. Vescio and his wife, Charlotte, founded Vescio"s Originale in Dinkytown on the U of M campus. Frank, a second generation Italian from the southern Calabria region in Italy, spent many years with his mother, Teresa, (Liz) Vescio, cooking and creating in the kitchen. The Vescio's love of family, authentic Italian cooking and tradition is still with us today as third, fourth and fifth generations of Vescios are carrying on the dreams and values of Frank T. Vescio.

We hope you enjoy with gusto our family recipes for Italian sausage, meatballs, braciole, sauces, dressings and pastas. We hand prepare our dishes which contain the freshest ingredients.

Vescio's Originale features homemade Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere. Our full menu is available for take-out as well as personalized catering services. Reservations are accepted.

Treasure your family, honor your heritage and savor your meal.
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Vescio's Originale reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)special occasion (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Dinner
    Dani
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    WE had dinner for four before a concert at Northrop. They accommodated us very well. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I would come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy...
    Laurie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a reservation, we were seated immediately. Then were waited and waited. It was quite busy for a Tuesday. There was a concert at Northrup. The host came over and took our drink order. My husband ordered an Italian beer, the rest ordered wine. The host brought our drinks, didn't open the beer, went to get him a glass and there we sat. The waiter came 10-15 minute. Another 30 minutes and the first meal came, 5 minutes later the 2nd,. 5 minutes later the other 2 meals came. We ate in shifts, by now it was after 7 the concert started at 730. We finished dinner and we were able to get to our seats as the show started. Food was amazing, service was not. The wait staff was overwhelmed. Just very understaffed for a concert night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a classic
    MplsDiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Delicious food, great service and warm, welcoming staff. I love coming to a place that is appreciative of your business. Great classic Italian at reasonable prices. I only wish they had a full bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food!
    DBd4
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We looked on Yelp and Urban Spoon for recommendation for dinner. This restaurant popped up on both as a great neighborhood find. Being that were new to Minneapolis, we wanted something in the fun college part of town. We found it! Parking was a little tricky but once we got in, it smelled delicious! Homemade sauces, fettuccine, and ravolies, and hot bread...everyone was happy. Great dinner and huge portions. Loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss Vescio's in Dinkytown!
    LAging
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Vescio's fantastic food and quaint atmosphere has not changed. Vescio's was our favorite restaurant back in our college days 40+ years ago and still is. The ravioli was exactly as I remembered - the best!! No other Italian restaurant can compare.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not return
    SeasonedPalette
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food was green pepper and garlic heavy--not memorable in a positive way, either; wait staff was friendly, but slightly sparse given that the restaurant was literally empty besides our table and one other. We will not be returning to dine there again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Vescio's Originale reviews archive.
  • Vescio's is a classic!
    Anne
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    How can you not like Vescio's? I've been here several times, and the food is always good. It's a staple of Dinkytown, and you should definitely check it out!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not really worth it
    skschulz
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Like I said, this restaurant is "not really worth it"! We went here because they had space for 9 on a Saturday evening---that should have been our red flag!!!! The food is just "so so"--nothing more, nothing even slightly good. If you do eat here, make sure you have a coupon! Go to Olive Garden--you'll be much happier with the food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 63rd birthday at Vescio's
    Charlie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I celebrated my birthday at Vescio's with my son and his friend who are U of M students. The Dinkytown atmosphere was cool. When I made our reservation through Opentable I noted that we would be celebrating my birthday and I was greeted with "Happy Birthday" salutations when we arrived. The food was delicious for all of us. We ordered two deserts to split between the four of us and Vescio's did not charge for them. This was a very pleasant surprise and the deserts were as wonderful as all the other food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service but loud
    Frankie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our server was Gabby and she was nice and attentive without being annoying. It was for Valentine's Day and they even gave my girlfriend a rose. The food was great, but it was really loud which surprised me because it's not a huge open place and there weren't a ton of people there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gopher restaurant
    megan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    this is a great restaurant to eat at before a hockey game. service is quick, efficient and the food and servers are great. been going for years and really enjoy ourselves with our friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience.... Once we got in
    Goldy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food is awesome and our server was great, the only problem was; when we first got there the grumpy lady up front couldn't find our OpenTable reservation, and seemed very annoyed with us about it. They were just starting to get busy and I can understand how things can get miscommunicated, but, she was all but blaming us for the problem and complained about it to her coworker right in front of us. Either way, once was got away from her, our server was great, the food was great and I would definitely go back again (hoping I'd get a different "greeter".)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent (as always)!
    mnlitig8rVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I have been dining at Vescio's since I was a child. I'm 45 years old, so that's a long time! The food has always been terrific which I why I have kept coming back. The Oven-Baked Rigatoni tastes just like it has for as long as I can remember - perfect - so I never order anything else. My family, however, has tried several dishes and there hasn't been a dud even once. You really can't go wrong at Vescio's so give it a try if you haven't already.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian, affordable prices
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We went here for the first time ever because of Vescio's reputation around the Twin Cities. We know they have been there for many many years and thought to give it a try one afternoon for lunch. The food was big and the pastas had tons of sauce on them. We had a couple of the house-made pastas, and I felt they were a bit overcooked, so the house made al dente experience I was looking for just wasn't there for me. Our server was friendly and helpful, and definitely took pride in her job and the food that Vescio's puts on the table. We felt cared for and informed of all the delicious selections they have on their menu. The prices were excellent for the lunch menu, which at the time of our visit, was running Monday-Saturday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    Terry
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We met at Vescio's for a birthday party with our son, a student at the U of M, on a Saturday night. We were seated at a large table in the back room, which was perfect for our group. Our waiter, Jared (sp?), was very attentive and patient as we worked through various arrivals (and parking issues)! The food was, as always, delicious - from the warm bread and butter to the hearty pasta sauce. Perfect. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and service
    rcanderson
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food at Vescio's is great. I really enjoyed the Italian sausage added to my gnocchi. My daughter had the fettuccini alfredo. The waitress warned my daughter that Vescio's version of this dish is different than most. It wasn't my daughter's favorite but she still enjoyed the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    luv2dine
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We were here to celebrate a college graduation and a 50th birthday party. Our waiter was the greatest. Actually went next door to get some chocolate milk for one of the kids in the group. He made our night even better. Always great food here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-sports dinner
    taboobaker
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    This was our first time there and we ate at Vescio's before going to the gopher Women's Volleyball game. Parking was scarce but the food and service were very good. It was quiet - night before Thanksgiving, so got in and out quickly. Definitely would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sauce!
    SpellyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Baked rigatoni with meat sauce and meatball.....best ever!! Add Ma Vescio's salad and you are in heaven :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian
    SpellyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Love the antipasto salad and the baked rigatoni with meatball. The red sauce is wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food as always
    JMDJMD
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Unfortunately, it was our waitresses first day. Great, friendly personality, but she may have made an order mistake for my date's baked ravioli............ she was served regular ravioli. Also, I did not realize it till after I left, but the dinners used to come with a great salad, but we never got salads and she did not ask when we ordered our meal. Maybe they no longer come with salad, but we have been 40 year customers of Vescios and it may have changed since we were last there three years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY in your tummy!!!
    luvdeeliciousfood
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Very good food, loved the manicotti, all those in the party were very satisfied with their dishes. The house dressing is amazing, can I buy it??? My husband had to take a to go box for his Frank's Special, let me tell you the next day I grab on to it and there were no leftovers for him, it was so yummy the second day! Fresh warm bread. Staff was so friendly and very efficient. If your looking for a fancy place this isn't it, but if your looking for the feel at home experience with great food, this is definitely the place and we had to drive from Maple Grove to Dinky town for the experience. - Well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian
    SpellyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Have been coming here for 45+ years! Best Italian food around. Had the meat antipasto salad this time and it was wonderful and HUGE too. Highly recommend Vescio's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family has traditionally
    Mialeu
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    My family has traditionally dined at Vescio's when we have special events around the U of M area for years. The food is always DELICIOUS, the service is timely and friendly, and the atmosphere is intimate and quaint. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    SpellyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We have been going to Vescio's for 30+ years and are never disappointed! The antipasto salad is the best ever and the portion for one serves 2-4. Our other favorite is baked rigatoni with meatballs....wonderful red sauce and the meatballs are huge. And, the bread is always warm and fresh.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food at a reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Excellent food at a reasonable price with great service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Calabrian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This looks like a random, nondescript "diner," but don't let appearances fool you. The food is authentic. My best possible compliment I can give is that the pasta and sauce tastes just like my Italian grandmother's food, and she was also from Calabria. Ahhhh....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is not a place for people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    This is not a place for people who want authentic Italian cuisine. But it has the best Italian-American red sauce in the metro area, and great homemade gnocchi, ravioli, and meatballs (again, American style).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, attentive service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Great food, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere...Bravo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I thought the food was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    I thought the food was great! The staff was very friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been going to this
    Sandy
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    We have been going to this restaurant for 40+ years. We always enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been going to Vescio's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    We've been going to Vescio's for years and we LOVE it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our dinner w/ friends.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Enjoyed our dinner w/ friends. Six adults and 4 kids. Donna the server was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the chance to chat after.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    The service was excellent especial considering there was a party of 60 be held. Our food came fast and the waiter was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved the food and really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    We loved the food and really appreciated the fact that it was authentically Italian.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Vescios- have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    We love Vescios- have been going there since we were in college- 43 years ago- always consistent- and good. The wait staffs always so friendly. It is my husband's favorite place to go
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  • The food was excellent and
    Hojo
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    The food was excellent and the table they reserved worked out great. Only 2 complaints, 1) the restaurant was quite warm when I first sat down (I know the weather was unseasonably warm but..) but improved while I was waiting for the rest of my party, and 2) I was the first to arrive (of 5) and the server did not approach my table for almost 15 minutes after I was seated. I don't know if there was confusion as to who was waiting on the table or if the server thought I would want to wait until the rest of my party arrived to order a drink?! One plus--the hostess noticed that I had not been approached and I heard her remind the server I was there! Overall, we had a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • initially when we walked in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    initially when we walked in we were negatively impressed. however primarily because of the server, our attitude changed. he was so pleasant and his service was without fault that we forgot our initially impression. the food was excellent and plentiful. we would love to come back
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  • Great spot for a family dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Great spot for a family dinner. Reasonable pricing and consistently good food. Great pasta with straight forward Italian sauces.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best restaurant ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    Vescio's has been my favorite restaurant for years. The food is excellent and unique. The staff, many of who seem to be University students, are friendly and attentive. And the Dinkytown atmosphere is a refreshing change from the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate