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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

4.3
1263 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 1263 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.5
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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 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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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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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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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Bad luck I guess, very poor signs directing you to the main entry. Waited 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. When I decided to seat myself that's when they made an attempt to speak to us. The table was so slanted that our water glasses slid across and almost ended up in our laps. Kinda comical night. Our food was ok not what we expected. The garlic Bread is very good and addicting. I had a spicy sausage pasta, it had very thin sliced circular pieces of sausage, I found this very odd like deli meat thrown in or something. The waiter was very nice and patient and when we didn't care for a drink he came to the table with a new one without us even asking, he must have seen the look on her face. LOl. We finished and left deciding we'll try other places before coming back.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This used to be one of my favorite places to eat in Galena. I've probably eaten there 10+ times. It has degraded consistently over that time. It's at best a fast casual restaurant now. I'll be looking for another favorite now.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As always an enjoyable experience the food was great the salad and bread were excellent. It made a special occasion special. Recommended

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Connor was our waiter. He was very attentive. It was Valentine's Day, so I'm sure he was a little busier than usual, but you wouldn't have known it from his having tended to us numerous times as we waited on our food. I like my ribeye well done no pink, so that was taking some time. We assured him we were in no hurry. We love the ambiance of Vinny's and have made it our dinner spot when we are up there to ski.

Our food was delicious!!! Cooked to perfection. We ate every last morsel and dessert on top of That! Connor brought me a divine gluten free chocolate cake that was the best gluten free dessert I've ever had! Having a food allergy to gluten makes finding good food tough. Not the case at Vinnys!

My husband and I enjoyed everything about our Valentine's dinner, and left a tip that we hope reflected this!!

We look forward to our return!

Renea and Randy Judd
Illiopolis, Illinois

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Another amazing experience! Brought a set of new friends - 1st timers - to Galena and it was a hit once again. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Awesome food, staff, and ambiance!!! Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

the food was awful. Shrimp scampi was booked, not broiled. Veal masala was served on noodle with so much horrible sauce. Service was excellent. Would not recommend

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great as well as food. Very private and quiet was able to enjoy our dinner date on our weekend away without children.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was “ok”. Nothing special. We had tortallini carbonara which tasted like it was out of a can, and the veal parmigiana was good but again the red sauce was just ok.

Our waiter was a bit quiet and didn’t clean the table between courses so dishes kept piling up. We were the only ones in the restaurant for the better part of our meal so it wasn’t that he was busy. Maybe he was new?

Overall experience was just ok but for the price there are much better options so we won’t be returning.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and a charming ambiance. The owner was there and very friendly and welcoming. The garlic bread is amazing. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food in a nice setting and the garlic bread is to die for!The only downfalls were service was a little slow and it was FREEZING upstairs where we were sitting. Overall, a nice experience and we would try it again!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The bruschetta and the lasagna were both phenomenal. The restaurant had a nice view looking outside. The hosts were attentive and friendly when we walked in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Cozy, warm place with great pasta & wine. Our favorite place to eat in Galena.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

When ever I am in Galena for the weekend I tend to make a reservation at Vinny Vanucci's. Its a nice/unique atmosphere, good food and not overly expensive. Its just a quaint little restaurant in a quaint little town.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. Vinny's has a huge selection to choose from and all of the food options are fantastic. Service was very good. Was able to get right in and did not wait for our table.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food in true Italian style. Garlic bread was really good and abundant.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner on New Years Eve and it was disappointing. The waiter was difficult to track down, our salad was frozen and we had to send the steak back because it was very undercooked. My husband commented that his sausage ragu was no better than something we could make at home and the sauce was watery. Will not return and do not recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! Meeting the owner last night was fabulous! Thank you for always taking care of our group on NYE in the cave. Meghan did an amazing job- great food and service!!!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Vinnys before. Food is great, the ambiance and service perfect and is priced right.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the location, ambiance, and food. We had a wonderful time but a couple of disappointments. The server forgot to tell us about the special, which she did after we reminded her.

I had ordered a gin martini on the rocks. The waitress brought a martini up. When I told her, she agreed to exchange it, but the replacement did not taste right. It had a salty taste. I ended up telling the Maitre D' who quickly brought me a correct cocktail. I had Pasta Ala Vinny for dinner, which was excellent.

My wife ordered some pasta and asked if it could come with one meat ball. The server said yes, but when she brought it, there was no meat. We did not get charged for the meat ball.

So, not sure what was going on, but not the top notch service we normally get. All in all, still enjoyed our New Year's dinner and would probably return.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good Italian food. The service was quick but not pushy. It’s located in a quaint old building. I would recommend it to my friends.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

They worked hard to accommodate our group size changes. Food was3.5/5 overall among the group. Seafood was raved about...the veal was tough. Our service was nice, funny but lacked common sense. I.e.: if you serve a table of 8 3 different appetizers, you should make sure all have plates. Also, only one of us had silverware. Bring bread? Then bring butter and oil w parm. Overall, nice....we'd go back. The 3 flights of stairs in sub zero temps were a bit painful.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was very slow. Not that our server wasn’t pleasant but he was young and too inexperienced to accommodate our group of eight. Also I made our reservation thru the open table link to take advantage of a $10 reward which Vinny Vannucchis would not honor. Our group of eight spent close to $400 which the inback of a $10 reward would have been insignificant. Our reason for booking this reservation was in part to take advantage of the reward .

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