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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

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1638 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Vinny Vanucchi's only accepts reservations for indoor dining. Unfortunately we do not accept OUTDOOR RESERVATIONS.


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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1638 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TammyN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

When I made the reservation I asked for outdoor seating and we did not get outdoor seating because they said they didn't have any available tables. When we got there I saw multiple tables open outside. I had to climb up a ton of stairs which was difficult because I have a medical condition which is why we wanted outdoor service...so I wouldn't have to climb as much. I also stated that we were celebrating birthdays and they were not even acknowledged... Our service was a little slow but thats only because it was her 1st night and it was totally fine! The food was great...the atmosphere was fantastic!

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NicoleD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant to visit in galena! I have a dairy allergy and they were super good with that! I ordered pasta Alla Vinny and it was to die for!!!!

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ChristopherA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was really good. Enjoyed the atmosphere as well

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MariaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere! Food was great. Bruschetta was the best! Garlic bread was amazing. I do wish the plates were a bit bigger. The portions were a bit small for the dinner entrees. Dessert was great. Staff was kind. Overall great place!

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LynnH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat at Vinny's when in Galena! We love it!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been dissatisfied with this restaurant. Ambiance is perfect. Meal was perfect. Waitress was more than impressive.

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NicoleR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice inside table in a room all to ourselves due to Covid. Nice wine list, very good service.

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Raybird
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , reasonably priced. Good ambience. Service was very good, as were the drinks.

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AndrewR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken parm was huge! My husband had to finish it for me! I wasn’t a fan of the garlic bread, but my husband loved it. It was a little too crunchy for my taste. The restaurant did a fabulous job of social distancing everyone. And they were so sweet when they found out it was our anniversary and gave us a Spumoni on the house!!! It was amazing!

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dysbaby
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quick vacation to Galena and wanted to take in the Galena Downtown experience. The service and food were excellent!

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Dobbi
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to dine in Galena! We eat here every time we visit Galena. LOVE IT! You will not be disappointed in the food, staff, ambience.

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Sallyw
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such delicious Italian food. I never make pasta or garlic bread at home, so it was a treat to have a traditional plate of spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were prepared wonderfully and the pasta and sauce were perfect.

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SherryD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Service was horrible food was great.

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ScottS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the pandemic, they were very cautious and served us in a safe manner. We felt very secure and thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

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Tripp
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pasta de oilio was bland. Penne bake was delicious. Nice wine list.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was excellent! Will be back!!

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We heard it was really good and it didn’t disappoint. We ate outside , atmosphere average , service wasn’t great ... waitress had too many tables .. but the food was really good - pasta ala Vinny was excellent ... Veal Marsala not bad , but not my favorite recipe.

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vipbethu
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a great dinner on their outside patio. Because we were sitting on wrought iron patio furniture, the seats weren't as comfortable as I would have liked (no cushions).
But service was really good and the food delicious. They do serve a lot so we brought about half of our food home.
Good wine selection, too!

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AllieJ
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely delightful and we left with happy hearts and full bellies!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices. Service was perfect. Tables were nicely spaced out for distancing and all employees wore masks. We appreciated their efforts to make us feel comfortable during these strange times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with friends on July 4th. We didn’t have to worry about social distancing while we were there, because everything was setup very nicely. We had a wonderful waitress, who was very friendly and helpful when we had questions about the menu. One of our very favorite places to eat in Galena.

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vipJandTsgetaways
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dining experience at Vinny's. Food is fantastic and the prices are most reasonable. Got a little more crowded than we would've liked but we were able to maintain at least a 6' distance around us.

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Janr
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. The atmosphere was quiet and elegant. Definitely will be going back.

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vipStephanieL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! Would recommend to everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

BM
vipBrentM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was average at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was mediocre at best. Way too much money for what you get. The waiter asked if we wanted the tab while I was still eating. The bathrooms need updating desperately.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Vinny’s was the highlight to our day in Galena. It is a “go to” spot for our evenings, with fantastic food, delicious wine, and the service was wonderful!

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Alyssa
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio dining is nice making it a great option for those seeking outdoor dining. We loved the garlic bread and salad that came with the meal. Their menu consisted of many classic Italian comfort food dishes that were good. I enjoyed a seafood pasta dish. Service was great!

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MelanieS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in Galena, we go every time we visit. Food is never a disappointment!!

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JulieA
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for our Anniversary. The service was great, the food was great, especially the garlic bread! We already have plans to go back this summer!

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Galena several times now and have tried most of the restaurants there. While they are all very good, my favorite is Vinny's. Particularly, I love their eggplant parmesan. While it's not on the menu, they do serve it every night as one of their specials. I now even order an extra entrée to bring home with me for my family since they're not always traveling with me. I also think their pasta is amazing. It's a homerun!

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DavidD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff with great food. We had a wonderful time.

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LeeS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Vinnys, the perfectly cooked pasta dishes, generous bread & salad are a staple for us every visit. They're always full, they're always delicious, and they're always friendly and accommodating, no matter how big or small our party is!! We go back every time we visit Galena!

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SuzanneW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Thomas, the food was delicious, too. Totally enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you

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MoniqueG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and great service. We’ll definitely go back when we visit again

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vipAngieH
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! I had the shrimp scampi which was amazing. Our service was very good. Our server was very quick despite being pretty busy. The kitchen did an absolutely plain spaghetti for my daughter which she loved :)

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RobynV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husbands steak was a tad over done but they did customize a meal for him by adding shrimp that wasn't a dish on the menu. When reserving with Open Table there was a spot that allowed you to comment or anything or if you had special needs. I wrote that it was our wedding anniversary. When we arrived the host welcomed us and wished us a Happy Anniversary and our server did as well. Not only that but we got a free dessert too!

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AshleyJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Vinny Vanucchi's!!! They never let you down!!

FAQs

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 777-8100.

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena is rated 4.4 stars by 1638 OpenTable diners.

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