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About 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.

406 14th. Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

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

Cross Street:
Fourth Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 378-1747

Website:
http://vescios.com/

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!

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.

Public Transit:
Bus stops are in the Dinkytown area within on block of our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Frank Vescio

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Vescio's Originale Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.1

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4.1

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3.4

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4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (153)
Good for Groups (100)
Kid-friendly (85)
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Great for Lunch (74)
Special Occasion (58)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Romantic (28)
Notable Wine List (12)
Casual (11)
Authentic (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Outstanding Value (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We have been going to Vescios once or twice a year (we don't live in the Twin Cities) for almost 30 years and we have never been disappointed. Love the dinner salad with house dressing and the bread. Our favorite entree is the cannelloni, but everything else we've tried has also been great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Good place to meet before a Gopher game. Good Italian food at reasonable prices. Very casual dining and good for adults and kids.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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food3
ambience2
service4
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food and Service was delicious. Only comment is the hostess did not know what Open Table was, so they did not have our reservation. Luckily the restaurant was not busy so we were able to be seated.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Authentic
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food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Went here for my birthday dinner and wasn't overly impressed but if it had just been for any other casual date I would have been pleased. The food was good and a good value, but the ambiance and service could have been better.

Tags: Quick Bite
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food4
ambience2
service3
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Classic Italian place. Not fancy, but we really enjoyed it

Tags: Kid-friendly
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food4
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great place to get together with friends and/or family. Food was great but not really a place that I would recommend for a business dinner; a bit too casual atmosphere for business.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun
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food5
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2017

We love the chicken parmesan and our 8-year-old loves the spaghetti and meatballs! Our favorite Italian spot!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Seating area-back room, was very nice. Food was very good
Only complaint- we ordered 1 " to go " and waiter forgot to
put in the order, so we had to wait for it. This is the 2nd time
with this waiter this has happened. other wise his service was
very good. We'll be back, as will our guests, who were new to
Vescio's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2017

For the first time, we were disappointed with the food. The oven baked dish was not hot when it was brought to the table. We took it home and heated it. It was very good hot.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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food1
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We had a delightful meal prior to a Gopher hockey game with three couples. Everything about the dinning was excellent.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Years Eve

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food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Misleading website noted kids eat free on Sundays and we were charged. They said they changed the policy and now it is only for parties of 10 or more and you verbally need to request it. Appetizers were bad, tried 3 including a combo. Out of mozzarella sticks so substituted bad cheese bread. Dinners all subpar. Sorry! The waitress was very good. I was told to get back to them on Tuesday, 2 days later when the manager was in. I asked if they preferred a bad review and they said they could not do anything.

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food2
ambience2
service4
value2

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The lasagne was great. It is a nice spot to go before U of M events.

Tags: Casual
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food5
ambience3
service4
value5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Great Italian food! The food really hit the spot!
We were sad to see the Other Vescio's close, but will now try to make the trip to Dinkytown as often as we can to enjoy this Great Italian Food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching, Cozy, Casual
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2016

First impression of this restaurant was horrible. I walked in and it was a run down restaurant that didn't smell like food, but garbage. Walking to the back room was a little better, but not great. Not a nice restaurant, ok for post college game food.

Tags: Casual
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food3
ambience1
service1
value2

 
 (Naples)·Dined on November 1, 2016

excellent food, service and all around great resturant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2016

This was our first time at the Dinkytown location as we always went to the St Louis Park location that closed. Still the same great food we used to enjoy there. Love that you can buy the Italian salad dressing that they make.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food
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food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Waiter was amazing. Super helpful with parking, super helpful with wine selection, super friendly and attentive overall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 27, 2016

My sister (U of M 1965 grad) was in town, so my husband and I (U of M 1968 grads) decided to treat her to a dinner of nostalgia at Vescio's. We all loved it back in our college days. We still love it. Great pizza, great pasta, great wine, great service.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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food5
ambience2
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Wonderful Italian food. Had a meatball bigger than my fist.

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food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2016

Pretty much any of the Italian choices are all excellent; you cannot go wrong.

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food5
ambience3
service5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Great food!

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food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 3, 2016

Wonderful time, good food, great service.

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food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This restaurant has a wonderful down-home feel. The family operating it are friendly and customer-oriented. You'll be treated well! And the food is very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Love eating here. Go here every chance I get

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Delicious, mouthwatering Italian fare. Lovely decor, great service. Neighborhood gem, family owned and loved by all.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2016

We went there for Valentine's Day. We had a very good meal, our waitress was very helpful, and we had a good experience. The atmosphere was very nice. We would definately go there again. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Every one is very pleasant great service and great food

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Food was Great. Service was great. we plan to visit again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2016

The location is very central to U of M campus and events. Food is fine, everything is quite okay.

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food3
ambience2
service3
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2016

As always wonderful food and services. We have been going to this lovely place for 40 plus yrs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2015

Made a reservation using the open table app. Very easy and got seated within 10 minutes of arriving. Place was full but our server was very attentive and pleasant. Food came pretty quickly. The only thing our server forgot was to come back and get our drink order. Overall a good experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2015

Had reasonably high hopes that this "institution" would be a great family meal. Party of 6, so not crazy huge group, but 3 of 6 felt that the food was mediocre. Service was "nice", but not special. Good spot for college kids that may have never been to Chicago or NYC.

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food2
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2015

Classic college Italian/Pizza hangout place with good food. Not good for business meetings as ambiance is on the basic side with institutional looking booths and seating.

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food3
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 3, 2015

It is easy to understand why this restaurant has been in business as long as it has near the University of Minnesota campus. The food is excellent, and very reasonably priced. Great place for pre-marathon carb loading.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 3, 2015

This is my third time eating here. Great food and service! This is our go to pre marathon dinner place. Excellent again!

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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2015

The service was disappointing. We finally had to flag someone down to find The waitress assigned to our table. No apology or explanation for the long delay

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2015

My girlfriend and I went here for a half anniversary and it was great. We had such a nice time. They took care of everything and kept the bread coming. Frank Vescio should be proud of this family business

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 27, 2015

Vescio's (DInkytown) has two rooms. If you walk in the door there's a simple dining area like you'd see at fast food. But if you make reservations like I did they can bring you to their more secluded back area with white linens.

Food: VERY buttery (risky for the weak-stomached) but I didn't want to stop eating -- EXCELLENT
We had cherry cheesecake dessert - worth it

Service: helpful and unobtrusive. We arrived as the only couple and were greeted well and given helpful recommendations

Decor: we went at 5, and it was very quiet. It's not the fanciest of locations from the outside, but a back table is a welcome escape

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 19, 2015

Good food...not a lot of updates. A throwback to my days at the U in the early 80s.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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