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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

4.3
444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Phone number
(563) 588-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Relka
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West 2nd
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Parking details
Off street parking.
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Public transit
Cab Service.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 444 People Are Saying
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4.2
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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Tiramisu was delicious. Dinner was Olive Garden for 3x the price.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Perfect in every way!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Really enjoyed the food. Hard to decide what to have from the great menu choices. It was withing walking distance to Five Flags where we went to a concert....no need to find a new parking spot. Can't wait to come back; even the leftovers were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My wife and I love going to Vinny Vanucchi's. The food is always excellent and the service is the same. It is about 65 miles from our home so when we plan on going to Dubuque we usually make plans to have dinner here.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a new waitress...stayed patient.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

There is nothing special about going here. When in DuBuque you can do better.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience. Our server Riley was professional, attentive and catered to all of our needs. She had a great attitude and really did a smashing job!!! Thank you for a wonderful night. !

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentine's Day and it was wonderful, our Waitress was so nice and the food was great!

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2018

We read reviews and thought this would be a nice place for dinner with family from out of state. We were very disappointed. There were 7 of us and the only person who thought their meal was above average had a cheeseburger. The two that shared a pizza said it was flavorless and undercooked. The pasta dishes were ok but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The baked seafood was outstanding! Jam packed with shrimp, scallops and real crabmeat yet there were still bites that were nothing but gooey cheese.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, great service, great atmosphere!! Friendly and very efficient wait staff. Entrees came out hot and delicious

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall Vinnys was pretty good but not great. Bruschetta was very good. Salad and garlic bread were also very good. Wife had the spaghetti and meatballs and really liked it. I tried a bite and it was pretty typical Italian resturant spaghetti so not too bad although my Noni's sauce will never be beat. The only problem I had was the Alfredo Chicken Fettuccine. Very bland sauce. Didnt taste like any cheese was in it just a white cream sauce. No seasoning on the chicken either which didnt help. I threw on the parmeasean and butter from the garlic bread basket and it was so much better for thosr two bites so that probably tells you all you need to know. Very cool building and ambience was pretty good. I'd go back but try something else.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

I enjoy eating here. The service could have been just a little better (waitress was nice she just forgot to bring us more bread and they weren't that busy). The food was good but not out of this world. Great atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

A year ago was wonderful ...the last time was so so bad...bland food...cold food...warm salad...food bread though...server was great but the good was terrible . Disappointing for a much needed break from kids weekend.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Birthday celebration!

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was great. However, I did NOT get what I ordered. I got some shrimp or scallops with Alfredo which I notified our waitress and immediately corrected it. Our waitress was awesome . And would recommend her to anyone!!!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Stuffed mushrooms were the best. Seafood bake was good although not very warm.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

We went there for my wife's birthday with our son. The atmosphere and decor are fabulous! My wife's and sons pasta was delicious, however, my pizza left something to be desired. Should've gotten the pasta.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Family visiting from the East coast was the occasion. They are foodies who love to experience local food and enjoy the ambiance of the Italian dining in downtown area. We all tried different dishes, enjoyed the camaraderie, and lingered long after. The service was great too. Thanks Vinny!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. This is a wonderful place to have a relaxing dinner.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Very accommodating as our group was two more than expected. Food was very good. Parking however (this was a Friday night) was very bad.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We were in Dubuque for a weekend getaway and found ourselves here because of the gluten free options. Food was plentiful and delicious, the decor cute and the service excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. It had a nice romantic atmosphere and the service was really good. Our waitress was very helpful in helping us pick wines. I would definitely come back for another date or another anniversary.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Portions are gigantic - WAY too much food. Would be nice if 1/2 portions of pasta was an option. Very wasteful as we were traveling and couldn’t bring leftovers home.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Driving through Dubuque on a trip. It was lunchtime so we looked on internet for reviews. This place was said to be good. I was surprised when we arrived with a reservation on a Sat at noon that the place had 3 tables filled. No ambiance. Hostess was short and abrupt and the waiter was oddly prepared to wait on us. He tried to explain the lunch special which we had seen at the door and was stammering around so much that we gave up and just questioned how much it was. He said at first 12.95 then changed his mind to 10.95. My husband just said ok and ordered it. I had the ravioli and my son had the meatball sandwich.

My initial disappointment was the waiter. He was terrible. Perhaps new? So I decided to just stop being annoyed. We got our lunch. My meat ravioli did not seem tender, but edible. What was the point of trying to complain to a waiter who was already unhelpful and unknowlegable. My sons meatball sandwich looked good and he said he was good. My husbands special was a seafood linguine and he said it was ok.

Then comes the bill. So the lunch special was billed at $15.95, it was neither of the prices quoted prior and it was not posted on the special board when we arrived so we were taking the waiters word for it. I brought it to his attention and he went and spoke to a manager, he came back and said he was sorry but that was the price. So instead of the manager taking $5 off for her employees mistake we had to pay it. The comment from the waiter was "I guess you learn something everyday", well I have learned not to stop here for food again when driving through Dubuque. What I did was instead of leaving a $8 tip on the bill I left a $3 tip.

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2.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Portions were too large. Shrimp pasta dish sauce was too thick; veal Marsala sauce was too sweet, veal was under cooked and not tender.

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Quaint but so overpriced. $22 for pasta is ridiculous.
Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome food. Great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Our selections were very good. The garlic bread was excellent, according to my friends. I had the gluten free pasta in a marinara sauce. Pasta was cooked perfectly. Salad prior to meal came with gluten free dressing. My companions thought their spaghetti entess we're delicious. The 4 stars on service was due to having to ask for a sugar substitute three times before receiving it and one of us asked for a water refill and never received it. It was not busy when we were there. Overall it is a great place for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Anniversary !

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

It’s a must to to for special occasions. The only thing better then the food, which was Fantastic, was the service

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Loved everything about this place. Great space...very large. Several sections and bars. We ate outside overlooking the river. (That section was still closed, but they very kindly set it up for us. And the waiter was very nice even though he had to run in and out. Thanks guys!) Everything we ordered was terrific. Pasta, pizzas, calamari, salad. My family is Italian, and I can be picky. Very authentic here. Nice beer selection. Good looking interior. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved the atmosphere.
Food was good except didn't care for stuffed mushrooms. Very bready but lots of good cheese on top. I only ate half of one but husband ate the rest. Seafood pasta had a lot of sauce but we generally eat lighter so not used to that. Flavor good but scallops tiny. We would come back for the wine and ambience

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

The pizza was pretty tasty, and my husband enjoyed the meatball appetizer. Their wine list was a bit mediocre, and my husband had to ask, if they served any beer, and we just got a verbal beer list instead of their being any listed in a menu to review prior to ordering. The service was good. It was an ok place, but I'm not sure that we would go there again next time we are going to be in Dubuque.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Great spot. I've eaten at Vinny's in Galena many times. Nice to see one in Dubuque that's just as good.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

We were at the Mississippi River Aquarium with our kids ages 9-18, and the staff there recommended Vinny Vanucchi's for lunch. We all enjoyed the "Little Italy" ambiance, and the food was very good. There is a main seating area and a bar, well separated from each other, so very kid-friendly. Close to museum, so were able to stop for lunch and go right back to the exhibits. Friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Food, drinks, table service excellent as usual but hosts seated our 2nd couple in a different room not realizing we were together took us 20 minutes to realize what happened

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

we were traveling through Dubuque and Vinnys had a good review on Trip Advosor and Open Table. It was not very crowded and we got seated promptly. The garlic toast was some of the best I have had at a restaurant and the bowls of pasta my wife and I ordered were terrific...great sauces and the pasta was cooked just right...fast service too and good salads to start. Was a great choice for us...good location near our motel too.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Great Lunch .... small side salad and then my husband and I shared a pizza. Delicious. We really enjoyed the pizza (cheese and sausage), the sausage has a great flavor and kick to it (not overpowering, just not bland). Jordan was our server and she was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food & service at even greater prices. Highly recommend!!!!

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