Vinny's Ristorante

4.6
419 reviews
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Italian
Located in the heart of Somerville, Vinny’s serves the best in Sicilian-style cooking, made only with the finest ingredients. Our Dinner and Lunch entrees are superb, and our new breakfast menu is sure to satisfy. Along with a wide choice of Wines, Vinny’s has a full bar as well as the best desserts this side of the North End. Our premium deli sandwiches are available all day, as well as Meals To Go, subs and catering. Come on down and enjoy your next meal here at Vinny’s.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious meal promptly and cheerfully served but by a waiter who was obviously overworked. We felt bad for him. We were seated at the last table in the back which was a bit distracting as people were scraping plates and dropping silverware just a couple of feet away. I’d eliminate that table or have the section somehow obscured from view. In addition there was a tomato stain on the tablecloth under the glass by my seat. It’s the little things that could be corrected to provide a truly great dining experience.

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there a dozen times or so and as always the food, service (very attentive) is outstanding (no North End parking issues ) food is always consistent. Staff very knowledgeable and love the interaction with them makes for a comfortable and Family friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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L
New England
261 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My current favorite dish at Vinny's is the shrimp fra diavolo with angel hair pasta. The sauce has a little kick to it but it actually brings out the flavor of the succulent jumbo shrimp. A perfect and incredibly delicious meal.

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New England
293 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent diners here. Outstanding food and service ( eggplant parm, lemon chicken, pasta, spinach ). Despite an overflow crowd service was great. Nice people; great restaurant

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L
New England
262 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night I had the haddock in a fresh Tina tomato and basil sauce with angel hair pasta. Out of this world!The fish was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy and just melted in your mouth. The sauce was light and delicious, and the pasta also perfect.

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L
New England
262 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Vinny's. My current favorite is shrimp fra diavolo, with a spicy red sauce that actually brings out the flavor of the super fresh jumbo shrimp. Fabulous!

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EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Neighborhood character combined with great Italian fare. Casual dining, in homey setting - a little close quarters but with really nice attentive staff . Definitely recommend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A great experience from beginning to end. Started the meal with cocktails; followed up with a lovely antipasto for one (more than enough for the two of us). Main courses included the stuffed calamari fra diavolo and a special that night of veggie stuffed eggplant, both served over the home made pasta cooked al dente. Very large portions and both delicious.
Service was alert but it seemed the servers really had to hustle when the room filled near 7:00. Friendly family-feeling atmosphere. Wide range of patrons; it appeared everyone was having a nice time. The restaurant is divided into a front deli type store with the dining room in the rear. Pretty easy parking on the street.
Prices are moderate, just a bit above cheap eats, nice affordable wine list.
We didn't try dessert.
Will be back for sure!

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hidden gem. Huge portions and authentic food. Treated a party with kids very well.

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RE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vinny’s has the best Italian food in Somerville. Waitstaff is friendly and down to earth. Nice wine list.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We loved the food, especially the homemade ravioli of the day (ricotta filling with a shiitake mushroom sauce; outstanding!) and the lamb osso bucco. The wines were so-so but they were not overpriced. The place was fun, funky, we will definitely go back. We will definitely NOT go back on a weekend. We had a 7pm reservation for 3 and were seated at 7:50 after several people without reservations were seated ahead of us. It appears as though regulars are given preference, reservations or not. We then waited 45 minutes for the main courses to arrive. We did not book until Friday (for Sat night) and had our choice of times; I don't understand why they were still taking reservations that they clearly would not be able to honor. Do go - just don't expect decent service on a weekend.

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DH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They really know how to cook seafood! I had the seafood spectacular fra diavalo. It was the best I’ve ever had!

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious like always, It was Mother’s Day, and busy, so service wasn’t as good as usual. Still Highly recommended

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I specifically asked the waiter if the double pork chop was available.
He assured me it was available
I told him I didn’t want two single thick pork chops
He then reassured me it was a double thick chop
When the order was delivered` it was two single chops
He lied to me and then `his` other servers agreed with him
Ive been a customer for 25 years but will never be going back

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N
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Fresh, wholesome food. Great flavors. Specials are always great. Nice to eat out and be able to talk and hear each other without yelling or straining.

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J
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome Veal & Eggplant parm, as usual!11

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Get together with our sons and a girl friend on a Saturday night. Very busy evening but the wait staff managed the crowd well. Good food in informal setting. Good value and will return again.

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New England
293 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Continues to be our favorite casual Italian restaurant. The food ( seafood, chicken , pasta were great. Service excellent always. Will return

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KI
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation on Easter Sunday only to go and for them to be closed.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - excellent service. Will return.

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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food. Homemade pasta and classic recipes reminds me of Uncle Danny’s house. It’s the first restaurant to do that!

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SA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!! Can't wait to go back!!!

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Will definitely recomend

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff were great...had no leftovers, ate everything!

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s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

As always the food is amazing.....never disappointed

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JL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had heard about this place from different people and tried it for my birthday - excellent and large portions, so got two meals out of it. We'll definitely go back. Parking is tough. Some street meters, but none to be found (Monday night).

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KO
New England
65 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Food always delicious. Love this place.

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NN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Vinny's Restorante for over 40 years and the food is consistently DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D
New England
46 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Italian food. Great servers. Love this local place

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New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a welcoming setting. Double cut pork chop with vinegar peppers is a standout. Arancini is a great starter. Best marinara. Service is always perfect, no rush, friendly.

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EB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the stuffed veal chop. You wont regret it.

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L
New England
262 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, Vinny's was great! When Bosotn gets too cold and damp and slushy, there's only one thing I need: Vinny's veal osso bucco. It's deeply satisfying--warm, richly flavorful, and filling, both of body and soul. So in the last week, I went to Vinny's twice and both times needed and got the ossu bucco (I actually much prefer the veal to the lamb, and the veal comes with risotto, but I prefer either pasta or the fantastic potatoes and vegetables on the side, becuase I like my osso bucco straight). Both times I thought "this is the best comfort food I've ever had!" and it was just as good the second time as the first.

Vinny's is an incredibly friendly place. Both the staff and the other customers seem happy to be there. I love Vinny's, and I especially love Vinny's veal osso bucco!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice family restaurant with friendly service and very good food.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether for a romantic dinner for two or a fun surprise dinner for out-of-town friends, we love Vinny's at Night.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant food. Very tasty Excellant value. Great service

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vinny's is a great find! The food is good, simple, fresh Italian food. I recently had the fresh pasta with the eggplant parmigiana and it was delicious. The restaurant is in the back of an old fashioned Italian delicatessen and is relatively small so it's a good idea to make a reservation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seeing old friend

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So we heard about Vinnys and we’re doing a quick long weekend visit to Boston from Florida. Getting our annual winter dose of cool weether. I made a Valentines evening reservation and we were in for a treat. It was in what looked like a scary part of town. The old place is on a corner not so appealing but once inside and seated on time the owner and staff were attentive and friendly. And the food was awesome. We weren’t rushed and didn’t feel like they were pushing us out the door for our table. Great family restaurant and I will go back when we return. Lots of finer dining in Boston but this place is worth giving a try if you so dare. Try the tiramisu it’s killer. Thanks again to all there. Ciao

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Vinny's! The food is always top quality, abundant, and the homemade pasta is incredible!! In all of our visits, we've only had one dish we wouldn't recommend, the osso buco was very bland tasting although very tender. My husband was eating off of all our plates, wishing he ordered traditional Italian rather than the veal osso buco. He didn't leave hungry but he definitely wished he had ordered something with more flavor. I highly recommend the haddock stir fry (in the garlic sauce or red sauce)--I never order anything else (it's that good!) We'll be going back--it's a wonderful place with wonderful food!

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