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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinnysgalena.com
  • Phone: (815) 777-8100
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Robin Fleetwood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The unparalled views of the city afforded by the fourth floor Bistro with its red-tiled pathways, black wrought-iron railings, inviting chairs, and white-striped awnings-provide breathtaking panoramas of Galena's historic downtown. For a virtual tour and photos of Vinny's Bar and Corner Bistro please go to www.vinnysgalena.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Corey Lugrain (815) 777-8100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available along Main Street or Bench Street (Vinny's is located between the 2 streets) and the connecting downtown Galena streets.
A word from Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena
From the moment you enter Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ in Galena, IL, we’ll welcome you with open arms and make you feel like part of the familia. Perched halfway up a cobblestone street, Vinny’s charming Galena location is complete with an Old World Deli and Import Store, artifacts, signs and vintage family portraits, and four distinctive dining areas. Each dining room has the feel of an authentic trattoria with native wood, Galena brick and checkered tablecloths.

You’ll find Vinny’s ambiance is, at once, both casual and elegant.

• Family Recipes Passed Down 5 Generations

• Extensive Wine List & Private Reserve

• Outdoor Cappuccino Garden
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wish that smaller portion size would be an option! Food is delicious but so much for some of us with smaller appetites. Would be a very nice addition to an otherwse fabulous dining experience!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Returned for the third time, my sisters first. Met my sister from Minneapolis there for her belated birthday with my husband. From the time we arrived to the time we left they made us feel welcome and acknowledged our speical occasion! The food was fantastic as always."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "It was a fancy layout of dining rooms, but the foods reminded me of an expensive olive garden...Not impressed."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Went to the bar first and thought paying $14.00 each for 2 Margarita's (Top Shelf) was very high. That is more than big city metro prices."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Garlic bread amazing but the entree not so much.. Fake crab is not my thing!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at Vinnys! Everyone was VERY NICE! (Including other people setting at a table by us) Food, Service, and people were all GREAT! Will definitely go back if we are again in the Galena Area!! Really neat Quaint spot!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We went this time for our 25th Anniversary, our 3rd time eating here. Always good food, nice for special occasions or a nice meal & memory."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We loved the food and service and TJ was a great server! The never ending salad is a favorite for kids and parents alike! Cant wait to go back next year!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This past weekend, I took my grown children and their spouses (party of 8) to Vinny's. on Saturday evening. Upon arrival we were told we would be dining in the new "bistro". The food was terrible! Sauces were bland - veal was horrible - crab in the seafood dishes was artificial! They were out of Grey Goose and Ketel One Vodka! I had to ask if the new 'bistro" shared its kitchen with the old restaurant and was told that it DID NOT! When I asked for a manager as we were leaving, I politely expressed our disappointment. The manager and two servers standing there just looked at me! They offered no apologies - I will not waste my money at Vinnys again nor will I recommend it! They have lost a long-time customer!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We'd seen mixed reviews, but decide to take our 6 grand-daughters there on Saturday Aug 9. We were promptly seated at a table just the right size in their upper DR and Evan was our waiter. He explained all the dishes, the specials, and we proceeded to order apps, beverages and entrees. The apps came out after the salad and garlic bread, but not a problem because we were all very hungry. The portions were large and tasty. The girls are all well behaved, and we did not feel like we were interrupting anyone's quiet dinner, in fact the table next to us struck a conversation. All in all, we were very pleased."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The food & ambiance are both excellent and 'the old neighborhood' concept comes through in both!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We always enjoy this restaurant. Fantastic! Great food, great service and wonderful wine."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious but our waitress was not good at all -- she disappeared for large amounts of time and it didn't even seem like she had any other tables to wait on."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Restaurant was visually cool, set on the hillside and apart of a 3 story building. Decor was very italian and ambiance was perfect. The openess of the seating made it quite noisy with everyone in the same room. Add a few kids and boom, take romance right off the table. The service was great, we got right in with our Open Table reservation, and our waiter knew his stuff and was on the ball. Table settings were average to low (paper wrapped silverware, picniclike condiments on table and your average waterproof tablecloth). The food however was fantastic; eggplant parmesean and seafood pasta dish. Overall, great experience. Just not as romantic as I would like. The outdoor terrace would have been better, minus the extra 45 min wait. :)"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A very nice quaint place and very good food with great service. The garlic bread was the best ever. I would like a little more light to read the menu."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant based on friends' recommendations. What a great experience! It was busy but we were well taken care of. The food was delicious, especially the tiramisu! The price was reasonable as well. Would definitely recommend it to others!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The atmosphere is "old Italy" and rather charming. Wait staff was superb. Salad and bread was very tasty and wine was poured generously. The ravioli's were sub-par and arrived luke warm. Smaller portions (lunch size) is not available at dinner time. Best advice: share a meal if you don't have a big appetite."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Again, we were not disappoint by having dinner at Vinny's. The food was exceptional and the service was superd. Thanks for another outstanding experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Loved coming to Galena and eating here! It was relaxing, fun, and great food! My second summer in a row enjoying your place."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience at Vinny Vanaucchi's although we had a very poor waiter. He forgot to put our order in, served our meal with the exception of one dinner and the food was Luke warm. The last meal finally came 2 hours after we ordered. We will give it another try, hopefully the bad experience was just the fault of our waiter."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been to Vinny Vanucchi's several times over the last 6 years. We have noticed our last two times the food has been poor along with the service. We were a party of eight. Our waitress (Taylor) was not attentive. I do not know if she was overbooked with tables but the service was very slow and we had to ask things (more water, salad) multiple times. At the end, our waitress had not charged us for several items. We pointed this our to her and she came back with an updated bill but still not correct. Also... Three members of our party ordered spaghetti and meatballs. Each one had very little sauce and they did ask for more. It was brought when the meal was almost over. I really hope Vinny Vannucchi's turns it around."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food and service ALWAYS amazing. This place never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have visited Vinnys a number of times (at least 10) and have always been pleased. The salad is worth the visit, the garlic bread is also and so, usually is the food. This visit left something to be desired. We were there on the Sunday of the 4th of July weekend but there were very few people on our level of the restaurant. Service was adequate, but no refills were offered. The olio sauce tasted like pure olive oil with no flavoring and the marinara was rather bland. While I would have, in the past, rated this restaurant with very good food and service, this visit left much to be desired and the family has decided that we will not return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The evening was truly a wonderful experience. It was my birthday and they made me feel good. The food and wine were excellent. Recommend to any and all."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant. We live about an hour away and this is our go-to place for birthdays and anniversaries. Reservations are easy to make and food is WONDERFUL!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Vinnies is our #1 go to place whenever visiting Galena. Good food, great service-friendly professional and knowledgable servers. Always love the atmosphere and Frank or Dean singing in the background. Veal parm, pasta ragu, pepper steak all recommended .. or anything with vinny sauce. Tiramisu was frozen and thawed it seemed...I would pass on that!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and EVERYONE loved the food and service!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Vinny's was recommended by some friends of ours as a must for dinner. So before we left for our trip, I booked us a reservation through Opentable. We went the first evening- I ordered the special ravioli in portabella mushroom Alfredo sauce, my husband fettuccini Alfredo with prosciutto and peas...fresh salad and garlic bread included. The food was ok. My ravioli was doughy, the mushrooms few and carelessly chopped (I know, hard to describe). My husband's fettuccini wasn't drained well and looked soupy. Our reservation was at 5:30, the place was not busy...the service and people were wonderful. I can't recommend, I can't say don't go...it could have been a bad day for Vinny. All I can say is we didn't have the best dinners. Good wine!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have enjoyed this establishment for nearly 28 years and have always enjoyed the consistent quality it provides in all aspects. Even though we moved to Tucson, AZ., we try to revisit Vinnies every few years for a great time to supplement all the great memories."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Overall we left disappointed ! Food was good, table by window provided a great view. The service ruined the whole experience. It's too bad because I would have given 5 stars !"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a party of 10. The service was good. The food was ok, but not great. We have had better Italian. The salad reminded me of Olive Garden and the bread ( which was advertised as great) was just oily bread. We probably wouldn't go back ."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The staff and food we top notch! We will be back."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "had a good view of the wonderful Italian pictures on every wall and were reminded of our recent trip to Italy. We recognized most of the locations and then recalled our fun vacation time overseas. The waiter was very good and his food recommendations were spot on. Best meal I've had. We were early for our reservation and our host easily found room for us ahead of our reserved time. No problem. We had a casual dinner and enjoyed the pace of the evening. Would recommend this location to all our friends."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We go to Galina just to eat at this restaurant! It's a fun place to be and the food is wonderful. Make sure you are hungry because the portions are large! Don't eat too much because you will want desert!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "They now have a gluten free menu with GF pastas. I can now enjoy eating this scrumptious Italian cuisine again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went to Vinny Vanucchi's to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were so impressed by the amazingly authentic atmosphere! It wasn't very busy when we dined, but eating in such a quiet environment was so refreshing and the service was wonderful- the waiter even offered to take our picture for us! The garlic bread was out of this world and the entrees were divine. We would highly recommend Little Italy to friends and family!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Tables are so close together that it is a tight squeeze to get through. Even the Host had to move chairs to get to desired table to seat guests."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was very good, which made stopping after the initial round of garlic bread a good idea - even though it was hard to do! Family style salad before the entrees made it a great place for a group. Lots of small rooms make each area feel cozy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We recently moved back to NW Illinois. It has been 7 years since we have eaten at Vinney's. The food was even better than I had remembered it, and the new dining space is wonderful. Wait staff was excellent too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been to Galena several times and Vinnies is always a favorite place to dine the food is always good and the service is good also."
    Dined on 6/10/2014