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

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinnysgalena.com/
  • Phone: 8157778100
  • 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: American, Italian
  • 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 8157778100

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)romantic (54)special occasion (52)good for groups (42)great for outdoor dining (38)fit for foodies (27)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (22)scenic view (22)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (13)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • great for romantic night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Vinny's always takes great care of us we go there every year for our anniversary they allow me to request the alcove where we had our first romantic evening in Galena. The food is outstanding and the service is always superb. Great for a romantic evening and spending time with close friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceellant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I were amazed at the setting and excellent dinner we had service was great and it was a very romantic evening for us! Music was just right ,we took are time and weren't rushed through dinner that's what we liked , we intent to tell all our friend about Vinnys it the only place we enjoed eating,, Thanks Glen and Jackie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy with mediocre food
    myhunt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Here's an Italian restaurant that is very popular, pretty large (~ 120 seats), has a good wine list. People all seemed to be having a good time - typical of Italian food. On the other hand: corkerage fee was quite expensive for a place with average $ 15 or less entries: $25 ! We had terrific service, Corina was a gem. But the food was mediocre at best in all the courses we had (except spumoni ice cream, how can that get messed up?). Lasagne with very bland sauce. Same sauce on the penna pasta side dish. lazy? Chicken piccata that was smothered in thick sauce with little lemon and piccata evident. Quite noisy, but fits with the motif. A lively place to go. Easier talking, better food and a better experience at other places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful spot
    perfect
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is one spot you'll want to visit when you are in Galena. It's fun. The decor is so Italy and watching the interaction of the waiters and guests was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this experience!
    Farmer
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Everyone told us not to miss this restaurant and we're so glad that we made the time to go! The food was delicious and the servings were quite generous! We were seated in a small room of our own so the ambiance was quite nice. Our server was very attentive and professional! We will definitely recommend it to our friends and hope to return on our next visit to Galena!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Chowdown
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First timer for dinner. It was excellent. Service was great and helpful. Hey any place that has "sangwhiches" on the menu has to be goo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    emende1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We sat out on the patio for our meal which was pleasant. My husband is always in search of excellent veal marsala, said theirs is good but not outstanding. I had the stuffed shells, which were ok. Best part of the meal was the garlic bread and salad. Had coffee and spumoni after dinner which was good but ridiculously priced.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service and no real apology
    KathyF
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was really excitedly about going to this restaurant. Don't go here if you Aren 't physically fit . The walk up is really hard. We were with a party if 6 and 4 out of the 6 meals were good. The two that weren't so good were both very dry. Told waitress and she said she would tell the chef, but really no apology and my dinner was $16.95. My husband is on his way back from the bathroom and a waitress spills a plate right by him and sauce splatters on his shorts. She does apologize , but know manager in either case stopped by. Won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Sub Par
    Lena
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The entry is challenging if you do not know where you are going - up stairs, down some stairs, over there, in the middle. Clear signage from Main Street would be helpful if you have not visited before. We were seated immediately by a confused looking manager. Our waiter Conner arrived and was meek and quiet with delivery of the specials. This was setting the tone for the service. I saw him once upon arrival, once for salad delivery, and once for dinner delivery where I asked for more break (obviously to be eaten with my meal). He said he would work on it. Time passed so we got another waiter to fill our water, all while eating our meal with no bread only to find he forgot to place the order. Returning is not on my to do list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Olive Garden has better food
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I both ordered the meat lasagna. It was gritty and watery with cheese not quite melted completely and almost no sauce.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made a reservation for 20 people for our bridal party the day after our wedding. Service was phenomenal!! Food was great and everyone had an amazing time!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant was very charming. Had great decoration, and wonderful staff. The food was well priced! Every meal comes with a salad and the world's best garlic bread dipped in butter! YUM! We all had pasta dishes, and they were decent. Nothing to rave about, but still, good pasta dishes nonetheless. Glad we ate there!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    Tonn
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was extremely hard to find and confusing with their signs on where to find the entrance and we were not the only ones who thought this. While we were eating we heard another group complain about that when they finally found the entrance. Service was average, it was a slow night for them and the service was slower for the lack of customers. Food was good, nothing to rave about. I wouldn't be my first choice again (or second....or third)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waiter never brought table service, brought salad and garlic bread but no plates or napkins or silverware. We had to remind the waiter to refill water glasses, garlic bread and when he offered to box up leftovers, he never brought them back. Food was very good....service was disappointing. It was a busy weekend and we will return, as we always do when in Galena!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chitowngals
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great outdoor venue, felt like went back in time. Great specials! Seafood pasta dish fresh, melt in your mouth delicious!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Special Italian Meals!
    Victor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Vinny Vanucchi's is a special place for dining. Walk through the door and you immediately know you're in a special place. Greeted at the door, friendly, attentive service, lots of variety on the menu, feels like an Italian café, really great food! We ate inside this time on a hot day but have previously enjoyed dinner on a outdoor patio. We've visited here many times over the years and this is a 'must experience'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peoriafriend
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of my favorites!
    MidwesternMia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up Scale Olive Garden
    YummyExpert
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Prices too Expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok.. not great!
    pumpkin
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Garlic bread amazing but the entree not so much.. Fake crab is not my thing!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian fook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious food, nice ambiance.
    chachi7
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place and great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drastically going down hill!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday at Vinnies
    FathersDayBrunchVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    Born2late
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    smckin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We always enjoy this restaurant. Fantastic! Great food, great service and wonderful wine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my opinion
    bigeater
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner at Vinny's
    robarino
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vito
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for special anniversary
    Softballmama71
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cjgo
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobby
    Bobby
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diz1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved coming to Galena and eating here! It was relaxing, fun, and great food! My second summer in a row enjoying your place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    Penster
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going down hill
    reviewer1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    claak
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food and service ALWAYS amazing. This place never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last one
    stc8
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Jerry
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.