Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

4.4
622 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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HeidiB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Wonderful to be able to make reservations on my phone!

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Troy
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as always. The garlic bread is the best!

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Nicki
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great. Would recommend to everyone!

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John
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Steak was great! Baked seafood pasta didn't have much flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience. I was celebrating my and my sister’s birthday and had a great meal with family.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Went to the Galena location a few months back (amazing food and service) and we were expecting the same level of service and food on this trip to Dubuque.

Unfortunately, this experience was a total flop. The Chicken Parm was extremely overcooked, very dry and rubbery (ate four bites and gave up). My husband’s highlight was his dinner salad, his Chicken Marsala was essentially overcooked, thick brown gravy on pasta.

Service was fine, felt rushed to order immediately upon sitting down (again, not at all like the service in Galena).

Unfortunately, we won’t be back. ☹️

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coozie
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were literally the only ones in the restaurant when we got there and she sat us at a table of 4. We had 5, two being 6.5 ft tall, so it was a little uncomfortable for them, and I would've really liked to have been a little further away and not sitting right on top of them with Covid and by the cold window..... I think their tables should be bigger so people can spread out a little more. There was only one table bigger than 4 seats and we weren't at it....

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AnonymousEater
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Alfredo had a strange consistency and the fried ravioli was too spicy.

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MelindaN
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was really good. My favorite was the atmosphere and decor. Great place, go if you have the opportunity!!

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RhondaF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I have always been to the Galena location, which I love. Tried Dubuque for the first time Sunday. Service was ok. Salad and garlic bread was great as always but entree was not the best. Hardly anyone else was there, waitress was friendly enough but feel customer service could have been better. It was my husband's first time going and I had really hyped it up and was so excited for him to try Vinnie's and he was not impressed. I would probably try that location again though. Could have just been an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place food and service is always excellent

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MiaC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambiance is comfortable. Food is great. Service was excellent. Enjoyable meal.

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RickD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They took very good care of us, including following COVID recommendations very well. Will definitely be back next time we are in Dubuque.

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CharNashvegas
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was fabulous. Baked Penne, Brushetta, Garlic Bread. Service was bad, server just seemed inexperienced. Left empty plates on table. Would go back, hopefully have a better server.

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viptpain
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very rushed service and even worse food
Veal Marsala by far the worst I ever had... sauce was horrible!

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JBeans
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garlic bread is so delicious! Very nice place and friendly service! The hostess did a great job of keeping social distancing in the lobby and the tables are spaced well! Great experience all around!

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RhondaT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The food and service were great. Will definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Better service

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Delicious! So truly appreciate the precautions being utilized in these crazy times...Just wish you were closer to the Quad Cities!

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vipdennisw
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

After all the reviews I expected more. Veal was okay but chicken dish left a lot to be desired

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vipKerriM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and tables were well spaced. Host was friendly and seated us quickly. Our server could have been more attentive. Had to ask multiple times for waters and ask another server for silverware as ours rarely checked on us. She was nice though, just not very attentive. Food was delicious as usual. The garlic bread is amazing!

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MaryP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food and waiter were very good. However, the staff told people in our party to put their mask on when away from the table, while others strolled by without one. We were a bit baffled by this. Did we look like people who had covid while the other diners didn’t 🤔

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MaryA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband always orders the fettuccine alfredo, THE BEST HE HAS EVER HAD. I love the lasagna and baked penne. Tiramsu is excellent

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WitoldA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just a good place to go wit good food and a nice interior.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast service!

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ScottH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic as usual, service was great, and the atmosphere is pretty special

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jamest
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and authentic cuisine. Loved the Veal Marsella. The Quality Olive Oil for salad dressing was great. WE WILL DEFINATELY BE RETURNING.

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and great service. We try to dine there at least once when we visit Dubuque.

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DonSopp
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Veal Parmesan I have eaten. The Italian sausage is also 1st class. Just the right amount of zing

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Nathanial
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was great, food was ok. Not a whole lot of flavor and was overpriced for the quality

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ChrisG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in downtown Dubuque! I love the salad and the garlic bread is fantastic.

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vipJeannetteR
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The garlic bread was the best part of the meal. I could have just eaten that and the salad and been very happy. I had the fettuccine carbonara and it was really good. My husband ordered the chicken parm and there was something not quite right with the chicken. Undercooked maybe? The marinara sauce is heavy on the fennel flavor - great if you like that, but we're not fans. The rest of the food was very good, so we'll definitely go back and order other items.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We looked high and low for a romantic dinner spot in Dubuque for our anniversary, as we had never been here before, and this place topped it all just by the photos we saw.

When we got here, it was no less amazing. The decor is gorgeous, smooth sounds of Bocelli and Pavarotti in the background (even with the bar connected next door lol). A welcoming hostess, great servers and delicious food!

We would definitely be back, after having such a great night out and easy enough to park outside the restaurant rather than walking a block to get there!

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DSHMKH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time eating in a restaurant since the pandemic began. Thankful for the staff all wearing masks and social distancing other than setting food on our table. We were spaced out from other customers and felt very safe. The food was delicious, our server super friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed our night.

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A little overpriced. Would definitely go back.

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JustinS
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, uniquely designed interior, great patio seating. And great and plentiful food for the money as well

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are lucky enough to get to Galena, we always eat at Vinny's! The food is the BEST, and the restaurant staff is always so accommodating! Love this place!!!

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vipKerriM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first night out at a restaurant since March and it was wonderful! Such a beautiful restaurant and the food was amazing! Excellent service, everything very clean and guests appropriately spread apart. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our food and surroundings.

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Chris
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place. Great People

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 4.4 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.