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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

4.3
4.3
656 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 8 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

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What 656 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. s

    stevep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service in a relaxed inviting atmosphere.
  2. AP

    AshleyP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Atmosphere is great, food is not. They won’t do separate checks.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service
  4. CM

    ChadM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The place looks cute, the service was very good. Food was not good at all, bland and lacking flavor. My 7 year old even agreed this food is for people with no pallet.
  5. N

    Natalie

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My husband and I’s go-to date night place when we want a delicious meal and excellent service. Unfortunately we were a little disappointed in our overall experience this time. We were celebrating the Christmas season with our five kids ages 13-6 years old. We got dressed up for the occasion and we’re looking forward to a fancier night out together as a family. It appeared that Vinny’s was trying to make make up for a hurting economy by higher prices & extra charges on many things, such as our children’s $15 & $16 children’s meals that did not have garlic bread included, the server made this known that if the kids wanted bread with their meal we would need to purchase it separate from the meal. I guess we just think if we are buying Italian meals at an Italian restaurant the pasta dishes would have bread included. The atmosphere & experience went downhill from there, when we have to ask for Parmesan & we are given it in “to-go” packets. Had I known this we either would have opted for a fast-food or budget friendly restaurant where this atmosphere is expected, not when we are planning a more festive & expensive dinner out for our family. We were also charged extra for the bread that we asked for with our meal. I did let the manager know our concerns and he was receptive while our waitress did begin to argue back with me and what I was simply explaining. This didn’t help the experience end to much better as well. I would not recommend this place unfortunately and it’s a bummer that my husband and I will be looking for a new date-night restaurant as well.
  6. AV

    AngelaV

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I made a reservation for 7:30. We arrived at 7:25. We were told that the people at our table were just ordering dessert and we had to wait. It was after 8:00 before we were finally seated. We would have been better off just walking in as multiple parties were seated before we were. Yet we were told there were no other tables available for our reservation.
  7. JK

    JonathanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining was GREAT but get there early-parking is HORRIBLE!
  8. JH

    JH60098

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pizza is large enough for two people. Beware sausage is a bit spicy. Salad and garlic bread are extra and sold separately if you wish, not as a package deal. Fun place to dine in either location.
  9. AJ

    AmandaJ

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The food was nothing special. Our server was nice, but brought us cold pasta, so I’m guessing she forgot about our food. The bruschetta was overpriced. None of us will be returning.
  10. D

    Debra

    Des Moines

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Our food was very disappointing. And we’ve dined at Vinnys many times. It’s a family favorite Two people ordered draft beer and both were flat, you could tell they’d been tapped far too long. The salad was dry with very little dressing. And the bread tasted tough and microwaved. The bread used to be the highlight!!! While the lasagna and chicken Parmesan were both ample portions and tasted good, thru were both dry. They needed more sauce. The spaghetti under the chicken parm had no sauce in it whatsoever. Our service was a bit slow but our server had quite a few tables. There was a rowdy birthday party in the same room so we had trouble hearing the easier or each other talk. It will be a while before we return. May try the Galena location to see it’s as good as in the past.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The food was just okay. Disappointed that it wasn’t better. Our server was very good. Initially, the host attempted to sit us at a table right in pathway of the entrance to the restaurant (weird setup). We asked to be moved. All in all, pretty forgettable food unfortunately. Nothing had enough flavor.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great experience
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Garlic bread and salad ok. Veal parmigiana ok, but sauce and spaghetti bland. Sons fettuccine hardly edible. Bland. Tasted like it was from a jar. Wife’s carbonara was unrecognizable as such. Heavy, bland and weird. Tasted reheated. Expensive. The pizza smelled good maybe we should have had that. Won’t risk it though. Not going back.
  14. SL

    StephenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience all around. A must when in Dubuque.
  15. DM

    DougM

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very nice evening at Vinny's. The salad was very good and the garlic toast was tasty. I ordered the Auntie's sausage Ragu and it was wonderful! My husband ordered the chicken parm and said it was good but not great (hence the 4 stars). The wine selection was also very nice. The decor was very "old Italy" and a nice dining experience except for one thing - the lighting. We were towards the back of the front dining room and there were track lighting spotlights by us (I assume to help the food peppers behind the wall) and they were shining right at us. The bar area was also very bright. Our reservation was at 7:30 pm for reference. But other than that, a very nice evening with great food!
  16. LM

    LauraM

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere -- nice and quiet after spending a day in crowded downtown Galena. Coming from Chicago, we were disappointed in the food, which was very expensive and pretty basic.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good. Ordered a pizza to take hone for lunch the next day and it was amazing! Seafood tasted fresh
  18. I

    Indy

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Garlic bread is awesome!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed everything!
  20. JV

    JVP88

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent Italian cuisine. Service was efficient. Ambience was superb
  21. AG

    AnthonyG

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic with great service highly recommend
  22. MH

    MichaelH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food is okay! Don’t get the fried calamari!! Over done/fried and over priced for what you get! Lasagna was good everything else we had was average at best !
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was unique and inviting. Service was also excellent and food came out quickly. Also mixed drink/cocktails were made perfectly.
  24. a

    autojunkie

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Vinny Vanucchi’s nearly every trip to Dubuque, and they continue to please with good food and ambiance. We’ll be back next trip!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance!!
  26. DT

    DawnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Salad was amazing. Even my veggies-intolerant husband liked it. Entrees were large portioned. Cannolis were some of the best we have had. Server Melissa was helpful and attentive. Would recommend to anyone. Live music in the basement bar was also very nice.
  27. CM

    CathyM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Everything was great. Our server was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Food was very good, though I was expecting more of a "gravy" or reduction with my Veal Marsala rather than just liquid. We were led up a couple of flights of stairs, which was not easy for my sister and her 80-year-old husband. They managed and didn't want to say anything, but it would have been nice to have been asked if it was okay to be seated upstairs. We saw plenty of tables downstairs. Overall, it was a great experience and not at all noisy so we could talk easily. Loved it, and will return!
  28. CO

    ChrisO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The service was great, but the food was some of the worst I have ever eaten... Their calamari was good, but it was a little bit overcooked. The chicken and veal Parmigiana was extremely overcooked. Veal should be tender, but their veal was tough. The chicken was so overcooked that it tasted burned.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pizzas were good, my pasta needed some love. I ordered the baked penne and it was so dry. There was barely any sauce on it and there literally was no ricotta baked into it. If there was it was very small amounts. So I literally got cooked noodles with a little sauce and cheese. Garlic bread was phenomenal. We ordered a bottle of wine which was good. With my dinner I received salad so they did bring a full bowl of salad for the table. Service was good. Cute place but I am not sure I would go back.
  30. CS

    ColetteS

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good service and good food. A little pricey for pasta that is why I gave it 4 stars.
  31. BS

    BryanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous place to eat! Tony, our server who was extremely busy “#nohelpanywhere” was very professional and took care of our every need! Cheers to you, next time we are in Dubuque we will definitely dine at Vinny’s!
  32. MM

    MikeM

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the lasagna and veal parmigiana. Our server Izzy did a terrific job.
  33. I

    Iowagirl53

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Salad & garlic bread! Very generous portions. Tiramisu ok not great otherwise fine dining experience.
  34. NE

    NELSON

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love to come here. One of the few places where the background music help to create the ambience. (Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin). The HOT garlic/cheese bread is SO good. :)
  35. CS

    CynthiaS

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Good wine selection. Nice ambiance.
  36. J

    Jesse

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As usual we had an outstanding night out. It was busy so it was a little slower but that was OK with us. We weren’t in a hurry. We will defiantly be back!
  37. L

    Lodi

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    They offered GF pasta But no GF bread or dessert Had chicken parmigiana, chicken was tough Waitress and service was very good
  38. GC

    GayleC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pollo compamare It’s the best Got to try it. Nothing like it in the Quad-Cities
  39. M

    Michael

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was okay but nothing special. One of our party encountered very hot peppers in her dish, but there was no heat warning in the menu. The service was excellent, but it was very warm in the restaurant, making it hard to enjoy the food. I’ve dined there previously and have enjoyed the meal, so maybe it was an off night and the heat didn’t help.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    So hot we could not enjoy our experience we informed waitress and manager who stated it was stated it was the old building . We have been there numerous times never this hot

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 4.3 stars by 656 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 8 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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