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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

4.1
4.1
704 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The new Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ location in Dubuque, Iowa, embodies every thing loved about our original Vinny’s location in Galena, Illinois. Serving the same Italian favorites including Nana Lu’s Meat Lasagna, Auntie Gracie's Sausage Ragu, and Dee Dee's Tortellini Carbonara, meals are complete with piping hot Garlic Bread, and Salad tossed with Vinny’s Italian House Vinaigrette Dressing. From eclectic artifacts and family portraits to rich wood floors and checkered tablecloths, we’ll transport you and your family to the Old Country. The moment you step into Vinny’s Dubuque, you'll swear Nana Lu is hard at work in our kitchen. You'll smell the slow-cooking marinara sauce and feel like part of the familia. • Family Recipes Passed Down 5 Generations • Pasta Bowls and Baked & Stuffed Pastas • Chicken and Veal Specialties • Vinny’s Thin Crust Pizza • Extensive Wine List • Import & Domestic Brews

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (563) 588-9600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Parties & Groups Vinny Vanucchi’s group dinners are reminiscent of our large Italian family get togethers--where everyone gathered around the table for a glass of vino, great conversation, and no one went away hungry. Just choose from one of 6 menu plan options, pick your entrees, and leave the rest to us. We'll cook up Italian favorites and serve your meal family-style on large platters meant for you and your guests to share and pass around the table. All entrees are served with baskets of Vinny's piping hot garlic bread; bowls of salad tossed in our sweet Vinny's Italian Vinaigrette House Dressing; and dishes of penne pasta with our homemade marinara sauce. Complete your Italian feast with appetizer and dessert selections available individually or as combination platters.
  • Neighborhood
    Dubuque
  • Cross street
    West 2nd
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking during the daytime.
  • Public transit
    Cab Service.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Kid-friendly

  • Iowa

    Good for groups

704 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The only thing we liked was the garlic bread and salad. Pizza dough tough. Lasagna meat tasted like it had a filler so the texture and taste were not good.

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  2. JodyM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The waitress forgot to return with a salad plate, had to ask the buss person for a plate. I ordered the Veal Marsala with Pasta. The Veal was tough eat a bit overcooked. My guest and I wanted desert, but the waitress was quick to arrive with the check. The salad and drinks were good.

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  3. KathyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    So we love the food and atmosphere of Vinny’s but we had a reservation and the restaurant was not busy and we were placed in a upstairs room so could not experience any of the atmosphere I could see if the place was overcrowded but it was very open on the main floor at least our waitress was extremely nice and we were the only ones up there I feel like I had an contiguous illness

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  4. JoanF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in this restaurant located in the historic district of Dubuque near the River Museum and Hotel Julien. Able to walk from the hotel to the restaurant easily. Service was great and food tasted delicious and was quickly served.

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  5. KateG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food was very underwhelming. The marsala sauce was like a thick brown gravy with no flavor, the chicken was so tough I couldn’t cut through it. The bread was so heavily soaked in oil we couldn't eat it. The pasta tasted like it was from a box. The only good thing was the spumoni and the lemon cake. Very disappointing.

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  6. JaclynM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We were kind of disappointed with the Dubuque location, we’ve been to galena a few times and really enjoyed it. We felt like it was way over priced for a mediocre Italian restaurant.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We ordered thin crust pizza but it’s not really thin crispy, instead thicker, and Parmesan cheese comes in packets.

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  8. Dlor

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karl was an excellent server. Friendly and knowledgeable. Stop whenever in Dubuque. Cute surroundings.

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  9. RNRob

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I’ve eaten at many Italian Restaurants in my life, and am Italian myself. The food here is probably the worst Italian food I’ve ever had, and that includes the chain restaurants. Everything tasted like it came out of a can, store bought pasta that was over cooked, meatballs that tasted like the ones you can by at a deli in a grocery store, and the most pathetic wine list I’ve ever seen at any type of decent restaurant. Server was very unpleasant…no personality or knowledge of the menu. I could go on and on about why this restaurant is in no way a true Italian restaurant, but will just advise anyone considering this for a nice Italian meal, forget about it!! Trust me on this. You will pay Chicago prices for cafeteria type food.

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  10. AshDev

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We placed an anniversary dinner reservation here as everyone told us this was the best place in town. We were extremely underwhelmed. We were greeted promptly when we walked in and sat at our reserved table. Our server was quick with waters and to tell us the specials. The special watermelon cocktail was really good and my husband said his bourbon cocktail was good as well. Our dinner was less than to be desired. I got the seafood pasta special and my husband the Marsala pasta. Both were lacking in flavor. The Marsala was extremely thick almost like gravy. I will say the seafood was cooked perfectly on my pasta however the oil based sauce was blan. Lacked in the garlic, Italian flavors you would expect. We did not stay for dessert.

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  11. HollyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vinny’s in Dubuque was fantastic. Our server was Carlos, personable and welcoming, professional, knowledgeable, attentive, amazing! Food and drinks were excellent as expected. Atmosphere was great…although it was quite warm in the dining area.

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  12. Eastsider

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    First of all, it was August and the restaurant was very warm and uncomfortable. Our server was very impatient for us to order even though the restaurant was not nearly full. The salad for 6 people was one small bowl to share with one piece of bread per person. Most of the pastas were fine, but the Italian beef was tough. Find another Italian restaurant. This one is not worth the price.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Was in Dubuque last year and time didn’t permit. Definitely was satisfied with the service and food

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  14. AnnetteC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The appetizer, cocktails, and dessert were all excellent. Unfortunately, we didn’t feel like the entrées were worth the amount we paid. The service was great. Due to the entrées we will not be returning.

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  15. RoJo

    Denver

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and very good service as always. One of our favorite places to dine in Dubuque. Just wish the music wasn’t quite so loud - made dinner conversation difficult. Otherwise everything was great.

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  16. Sara

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The Alfredo sauce tasted like the Alfredo sauce you buy at Walmart. Our server was good. Wasn’t what I was expecting. Won’t be back.

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  17. KeithC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my wife’s birthday. Very pleasant staff, ambiance great, Sinatra music in the background. Food was very good, price in line with quality food.

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  18. ElizabethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Our waitress was very friendly and kept us informed on our order.

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  19. Wally

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and timely fashion, wait staff was great and always checked back to see if you needed anything

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service! Knowledgeable waitress. Impressive presentation of food.

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  21. MaryB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vinny’s is one of our “special” places. The food is great and the staff/management are “the best”!!! They treat us like family.

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  22. MattT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting and exploring from out-of-state; found this wonderful spot to eat. Great authentic food, atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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  23. LauraP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Smell in the bathroom was terrible. Food was average. Did not appreciate mandatory tip on bill. Overpriced for what we received.

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  24. DanielS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to eat, energetic staff and great food. Great place to go on a Thursday night for your anniversary.

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  25. MindyS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The baked seafood pasta was a recommendation by our server, Mia, and it was wonderful. Very creamy with a lot of cheese. I had plenty to take home for lunch the next day. Also, the toasted raviolis were delicious. They are a little spicy, but not too hot.

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  26. aidans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing restaurant made me feel like I was in Italy itself with my girlfriend. The food came out quickly and was made to perfection

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  27. JohnW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were treating wonderfully as we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Vinny's. The service was excellent and the food was great. In addition the staff surprised us with a wonderful desert courtesy of Vinny's. A very nice touch to a wonderful evening.

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  28. RexC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations thru Open Table for 7pm. On arrival were greeted warmly and seated at perfect table (great street view). Our waitress was very attentive, helping with food and menu selections. Once order placed, adequate time between salad and entrees was provided. We were not rushed. Food was delicious Italian fare and well worth the price. We finished with a delicious conolie desert. Perfect dinner at a super fine Dubuque resturant Vinny Vanucchi's.

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  29. GregK

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good dining experience. We have never had a bad time at Vinnies.

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  30. Shayla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Only downfall is only one bill and we had 14 people

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  31. ReadlynIa

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    All I have heard about was your restaurant and I was rather disappointed with my entire lt didn’t have a lot of flavor! But our waitress her name was Megan she was amazing!!!!!!! So friendly and so on top of her game! Amazing personality!!!!! That is why I didn’t complain about the food!! Salad and bread amazing. I was just disappointed since it was for my cousins bachelorette party and she had been talking about it for months and I paid for the whole meal! Which was my plan but mine didn’t have a lot of flavor! Kind of disappointing for a 30.00 plate

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  32. JohnR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Ambiance and location great. Service very good. Food very average. A basic red sauce joint. In my opinion Vinny Vanuchis Dubuque was always more about atmosphere and location than food. Unfortunately prices have gotten too high for the food quality, and CEB given location and atmosphere

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  33. JonC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Took over 5 minutes since we were seated, till we HAD to ask for menus. Nearly another 5 before someone came to serve us. Around 10 minutes before we could order drinks….so we just ordered everything, wine, appetizers and meals. Service was poor. I thought maybe understaffed, but a table near us sat down way after us and had salad and bread by the time we had ordered. That’s not acceptable for me. Appetizers were good. Bruschetta was very good, kinda had a capri salad thing going on too. Calamari was ok. I like the breading on them. Most had fettuccine and didn’t like it regardless what kind they chose. I had the lasagna, and it was good (B+) Value….not worth the $$$

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  34. pennym

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a beautiful spot in downtown Dubuque! Enjoy!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal with great service. Thanks for taking care of the whole family.

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  36. NikkiC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great decor, great service. Highly recommend. Love the garlic bread!!

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  37. Gastronomer

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Atmosphere was standard for an Italian restaurant. I wouldn't call it romantic. Food was poor/average. Very little flavor in the side of vegetables that were requested with the NY Strip Steak. The steak was cooked well to order. Average flavor. The Spaghetti Olio should be very very flavorful given the description but it tasted of cheap boxed pasta and substandard olive oil. The description says it should contain Garlic, Fresh Basil and Chili Flakes but there was absolutely no trace of these ingredients. Would not recommend that dish. The wine list left something to be desired. The one red wine I was interested in was not available upon ordering.

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  38. Chris

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great Midwest Italian restaurant. Perfect spot for a casual date night or family dinner. Our food was good and the server was excellent. We would come back for the pasta and great service.

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  39. JohnW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    I have been to Vinny Vanucchi's many times in the past but this was not a very good experience. We were only half way through our salad when the server brought in our entree. She immediately wanted to remove our half eaten salads but we said we would like to finish them. We then were half way through our entree when the server returned and wanted to box up what we had on our plates yet. Then later she seemed like she wanted to rush us out the door. Strange in that there were hardly any people there so they didn't need our table. Spending $140 and being "pushed" is not a dinning experience. Very disappointing evening.

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  40. Chad

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner. Our server Mia was fantastic!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (563) 588-9600.

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque is rated 4.1 stars by 704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

180 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

Additional information

  • Cross street
    West 2nd
  • Neighborhood
    Dubuque
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking during the daytime.
  • Public transit
    Cab Service.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (563) 588-9600
  • Private party facilities
    Parties & Groups Vinny Vanucchi’s group dinners are reminiscent of our large Italian family get togethers--where everyone gathered around the table for a glass of vino, great conversation, and no one went away hungry. Just choose from one of 6 menu plan options, pick your entrees, and leave the rest to us. We'll cook up Italian favorites and serve your meal family-style on large platters meant for you and your guests to share and pass around the table. All entrees are served with baskets of Vinny's piping hot garlic bread; bowls of salad tossed in our sweet Vinny's Italian Vinaigrette House Dressing; and dishes of penne pasta with our homemade marinara sauce. Complete your Italian feast with appetizer and dessert selections available individually or as combination platters.
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