Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

4.3
1286 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
From the moment you enter Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ in Galena, IL, we’ll welcome you with open arms and make you feel like part of the familia. Perched halfway up a cobblestone street, Vinny’s charming Galena location is complete with an Old World Deli and Import Store, artifacts, signs and vintage family portraits, and four distinctive dining areas. Each dining room has the feel of an authentic trattoria with native wood, Galena brick and checkered tablecloths.

You’ll find Vinny’s ambiance is, at once, both casual and elegant.

• Family Recipes Passed Down 5 Generations

• Pasta Bowls and Baked & Stuffed Pastas

• Chicken and Veal Specialties

• Extensive Wine List

• Outdoor Cappuccino Garden
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
(815) 777-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The unparalled views of the city afforded by the fourth floor Bistro with its red-tiled pathways, black wrought-iron railings, inviting chairs, and white-striped awnings-provide breathtaking panoramas of Galena's historic downtown. For a virtual tour and photos of Vinny's Bar and Corner Bistro please go to www.vinnysgalena.com.
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Private party contact
Corey Lugrain: (815) 777-8100
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
Street parking is available along Main Street or Bench Street (Vinny's is located between the 2 streets) and the connecting downtown Galena streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1286 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food as always and a delightful waiter named Luka...he helped make our evening really fun!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I made a reservation for my daughter and me for a date night. We had a quiet table for two by a window- beautiful. BUT the tray of plates and silverware were right next to us and this was very noisy and annoying. I thought we'd have a nice and quiet dinner since we don't have weekends away very often. I was disappointed that they'd have a wait station right next to a quiet table.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Ate outside on a beautiful evening. Service was attentive and food was very tasty. Could not comment on dessert because we were full after the main course. Found the prices to be very reasonable and would definitely eat there again when we visit.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was a cute place. The food was ok.
Our server was very sweet, she was very busy but still made sure we were taken care of.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had an excellent meal. The restaurant is very beautiful great for an intimate dinner. I had a group of 10 and they seated us very quickly. Service was phenominal. Food and wine were fantastic. Can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was excellent and our waitress was wonderful! The decor is beautiful ,we loved looking at all the photographs on the walls. We will definitely be dining here again.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

First time there for our 30th anniversary. The food was amazing, nice wine list and perfect recommendation by the staffs. Very attentive to our needs but not overbearing. Loved the atmosphere in this charming town. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great restaurant. Food is consistently good and the staff is always friendly.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Everything was great, but we were not checked on til far after food was dropped, and our waters were never refilled

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

I went to Galena for the first time and heard a lot of hype about Vinny’s. I made reservations Sunday night for my boyfriend’s birthday. We were sat at our table no issues, but tables who were sat after us got their bread and salad first. The food was mediocre compared to what I’ve heard, maybe it was just a one-off. The garlic bread was cold and the salad had a ton of wilted brown lettuce. I ordered chicken Marsala and the sauce tasted more like beef/soy sauce rather than the wine and my portion of chicken was tiny. The waiter didn’t mention the specials, which sounded great, but I didn’t hear about them until another waiter told a table about it after I ordered. My boyfriend’s meal was also lacking in flavor. I mentioned in the reservation that I was celebrating a birthday, but the staff didn’t do anything to recognize it, what is the point of selecting what the occasion is for the reservation then? I was very underwhelmed with the experience, especially with the price point. The waiter was just okay, but didn’t do much to redeem the bad experience I had. I had a much better experience dining in the smaller, more cozy restaurants in downtown.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I was disappointed. The last time I was here the food and service was outstanding but this was sadly not the case. And on top of it I had recommended this to friends...one of which could not even eat her meal. We will not be back.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This restaurant was suggested to us by colleagues. We did not care for the food and our dishes were very bland. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere so this was a big disappointment.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This place has wonderful food, my wife and I love going here several times a year when we can make the hour and a half drive. So worth it

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We made an early dinner reservation for Mother’s Day after spending the afternoon shopping in Galena. The restaurant was not very busy at 5pm and we were seated at a quiet table on the upper floor. The food is traditional Italian fare, and every time we have come here our meals have been good and well portioned. Our server, Emily was positively happy, eagerly helpful, attentive to everything and could not have done a better job serving the table. Vinny’s is consistently good, in an enjoyable atmosphere but our experience this time was just a little better than usual.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food, service, wine.....everything was great. Will be back the next time we're in Galena.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Vinny's is one of our favorite spots among a number of good restaurants. If you like Italian food, you'll like Vinny's. Situated in a quaint old house, you feel as if you're dining in someone's home. Wait staff and owner are very friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We enjoyed our date night at Vinny’s. It was a great venu and atmosphere! We will come back when we are in the area again!

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I would rate our experience 2-3 out of 5 stars. The good....cool venue, the waitress was very friendly and their bread was very good. The bad...the salad did not seem super fresh, our food was decent at best, and 1 of our bread/appetizer plate was filthy dirty so either a dirty dish was mixed in with the clean or their dishwasher broke. We pointed it out to our waitress but nothing was done in return. If you are going to spend $25+ on an entree you would expect clean plates and fresh salad lol. We will go back to Fried Green Tomatoes next time and get the bang with our buck.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We sat outside on a Friday night. It was a very charming outside area. Definitely had that old Galena feel. The food was great! Ordered shrimp malenese. It was delicious. Large shrimp perfectly breaded & seasoned. Husband ordered pasta with sausage & peppers. He loved it. The salad was good. Large portions. & the garlic bread was yummy!! To top it off I had the best cannoli I’ve ever eaten!! Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We had our first date five years ago here, and we make it a point to come back every year. Love the food, the service is fantastic, and the prices are good. Definitely love the garlic bread!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

When my wife and I visit Galena, IL we usually make sure we have dinner at Vinny Vanucchi's! Very good Italian! Love that they give you basket of garlic bread at the table. It's so good. I highly recommend.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Had the chicken parmesan which i dearly love...however with an hour I was sick and this is Tuesday AM and I am just feeling like I may live

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner! the appetizer was amazing and we loved the pasta. great place to eat!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Service was just ok, even though it wasn't crowded. Our waitress was slow to return, never asked if we wanted another drink or water, and seemed absent from the room all the time, even though she had several tables. Our beef sandwich was just ok, and the cooked vegetables were mushy and soggy. My shrimp were great -- tender and flavorful, but soaked in butter. We have eaten here several times, and were really looking forward to visiting again. So disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We love vinny's, every visit to Galena includes a visit to Vinny's!! Casual, fun, delicious. It's wonderful, I highly recommend it

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We love Vinny Vanucchi's. We've been coming for a handful of years now and it hasn't disappointed yet. Good service, delicious food and love the place all around. We'll be back again!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The ribeye was $10 steak & eggs quality, not $28 date night quality. The pasta was ok at best.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The bruschetta was very good -- the food itself was very bland...lack of flavor.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The restaurant is charming. We had a small table in the corner on the upper floor and it was quiet. Food was good. Only complaint is that the lettuce in the salad had browned.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The three of us ordered two dishes and with the bread and salad we took home leftovers. The cream pasta with scallops, shrimp and crab was wonderful, garlic bread was very good. For a hot spot like Galena the prices were good. Pleasant dining we were in the small room with only two tables. We enjoyed the food and would recommend Vinnies.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Vinny's is very accommodating. Called to move reservation up a little earlier than first set. They are very friendly. Always a wonderful dining experience. Food is delicious!!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Dinner was "ok", I was expecting a little more for the price.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a Great waitress for our date night. We drove from DeWitt. We were early for our reservation and still got in right away. The food was GREAT, friendly helpful staff. My husband and I will be returning!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were a table of 15, the service was excellent, food delicious as always. This is a "go to" place for us when in Galena.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waitress Mindy was outstanding and our meals ....excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My daughters and I had a girls weekend to Galena and ate at Vinnys for an early birthday to me. Misty was our waitress and was excellent!! Her handmade drinks (Cosmo and Lynchburg lemonade were yummy!!). The food, as always, was delicious!! One of our favorite places on Main Street Galena!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We have been going here for 25 yrs. We always have great service and great food.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Generous portions. Friendly staff. Great Italian ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful time, great service, delicious food for my Mom’s 60th bday!

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