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Vescio's Originale

Vescio's Originale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://vesciosdinkytown.com
  • Email: vescioscatering@comcast.net
  • Phone: (612) 378-1747
  • 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: Italian, American
  • 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 (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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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".)"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Baked rigatoni with meat sauce and meatball.....best ever!! Add Ma Vescio's salad and you are in heaven :)"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Love the antipasto salad and the baked rigatoni with meatball. The red sauce is wonderful!!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013