Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

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Italian
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
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NJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

One of the worst food we have ever tried. It was three of us and we could only stand a few bites. across the board the food was bad. I can't believe how someone can mess pasta and chicken so bad. Location and decoration are great but do not go there for the food.

SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food, the decor, and service was good!

MI
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HAS NOT LET ME OR FAMILY DOWN IN ALL THE YEARS BEEN GOING.

JZ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Veal Marsala was very good. My dinner date had a GF meal and she enjoyed it as well. A nice stop after a long day of shopping.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was just okay and the service was slow. Had to ask our server for everything, such as refill on water and soft drinks, extra napkins, clean plates, etc. The prices for the food are high for the taste. Large portions, but they lack flavor. We went for the first time due to the high reviews, but were disappointed. Would not return nor recommend.

P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Excellent drink options. Great personality to the restaurant. Excellent value for quality of food. We will definitely return.

AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Family day after Christmas dinner was a big success at vinny Vanucci’s! Thanks.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was incredibly overpriced for what we received. My husband found a foot long hair in his soup, but was offered no apologies. Our waitress left our water glasses empty all night, even after we asked for refills (we were only drinking water). All of our food was covered in a mountain of cheese to the point that you couldn’t discern what you were eating. This restaurant had been recommended by a friend, so I had high hopes. Unfortunately, my husband and I left feeling very disappointed.

KR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place with good food and vibe. Not fancy, very relaxed with friendly service and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great as always. Had a wonderful table next to the window. Perfect!

S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We've been coming to Vinny's for years. We always love it but this time was different. The food wasn't outstanding like it normally is. We were here for our anniversary. The service was good but my husbands entree was not. He ordered the Auntie Gracie's Sausage Ragu and I swear there were maybe 6-9 pieces of penne pasta in the entire dish. The dish was mostly cheese and nothing else. Extremely disappointing because he was still hungry after finishing his dish so he ended up eating the rest of my entree. Any time we've been to Vinny's we're always overloaded with food and I honestly look forward to our to-go boxes. This time the portions were sad and I think we'll take a break from coming to Vinny's for a while.

LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food was ok. Service was ok. Music was to load. We have been coming to Galena and going to Vinny’s for more than 25 years. In the past I would have always recommended Vinny’s. This time everything seemed a little off, from the service to the quality of the food. Probably the I dislike the was the music was to load.

CH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We will dine there again!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were both phenomenal! Would highly recommend.

KN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Fine service, but the food was such a disappointment. My fiance and I are far from picky, but the food was flavorless and soggy. We each had a couple of bites and decided to just finish our bottle of wine before eating elsewhere.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vinny Vanucchi’s never disappoints. The pasta is outstanding!

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We reserved for a group of 12 well in advance and only arrived with 10. The food and service was great but the table was tight for 10 so we would have struggled to fit 12 in. This is the reason for the score of 4 vs 5 overall. If reservations were made months in advance space should have not been an issue. Great destination for great food!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and service but no Italian coffees!

TL
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was very poor.

JE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good solid Italian food

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a "must-do" when visiting Galena. The outside appearance, the decor inside, the ambiance, it's all like stepping into Italy for a short time. Entering on the 2nd level, we were then led up to the 3rd floor, where we had a cozy seat in a nook by the window. The waiter was excellent and the food was superb! Will definitely dine here again if we're ever back in Galena.

RF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been visiting Vinnys' for about 20 years (going a few times a year when I'm in Galena), I've never been disappointed and it's always been a warm, welcoming and fun experience.

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Too noisy and there are better choices for food and service.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a favorite dining reservation we make for every visit to Galena. I come for the food which is delicious... well prepared. The staff are always friendly and the vintage warehouse surroundings make it feel like a hidden gem.

S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vinny's- return every year. As always, food, ambiance, and service was perfect. We will return! Oh- we had the chicken parmagiano, and Pasta alla Vinny. YUM!

RK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian fare delivered in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter was very professional and helped make our meal a special occasion with friends. We cannot wait to come back again!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Everything was great

VB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the dungeon area. Wine, food & service was great! Very personable experience.

M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Loved the atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

It was delicious food..the service kinda sucked. We had to wait a long while for our drink refills but other than that it was very good!

B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wait staff was awesome, garlic bread was out of this world. Pasta dishes were delicious

KH
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our party of 3 enjoyed wonderful service. The salad and garlic came with our meal. Garlic bread was great, but the salad had almost no dressing. We all prefer lighter dressing, but there was almost no dressing used. The Shrimp Milanese was served with cold arugula salad in the middle. Shrimp was good, but the dish ingredients didn’t complement each other. The Eggplant Parm was good, not great. The real disappointment was the Chicken Pizzaferro. The chicken was burned and hidden under toppings. The lemon cake was good, and coffee was too. Would return for service, but not for the food.

DM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Veal was far too overcooked and pasta was mushy. Best part of the meal was the garlic bread and salad, much like the Olive Garden.

D
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The decor and ambience is adorable, so cute! Service was decent, no complaints. The food was simply terrible. Ordered fried calamari, a chicken dish and a veal dish. I’ve never seen fried calamari look the way this did and it tasted like whatever else was in the fryer that night. It’s unfortunate to say but I really think I’d enjoy eating at Olive Garden before coming back here for Italian.

Additionally I grabbed a glass of wine at the downstairs cafe while killing time on Main St. it was a very generous pour for the price, but I have no idea the bottle had been opened for as the color of my wine was brownish and cloudy. Very unfortunate.

NC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host, the server, the food, and the ambiance were all fantastic.

TN
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I made our reservation I let them know it was my wife's birthday and that we would like a table by the window. We were seated immediately and greeted with a Happy Birthday for my wife and we were sat at our favorite table by the window. Service was prompt, professional and cheerful. Food was excellent and we were surprised by a Birthday dessert to share! Thank you Megan! We will definitely be back.

BG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant with soft music. Loved the salad and garlic bread served before the dinner. Dinner was hot and delicious.

EK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent place for a date or couples night out! I had “Auntie Gracie’s Sausage Ragu,” which just happened to be Vinny’s best seller. It was outstanding!! I’m still thinking about it 4 days later! Interesting old place high above Galena’s Main Street. A must for your stay in Galena!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, as we’ve come to expect at VV. Thanks for a enjoyable night out with my family.

e
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food we ate was mediocre at best. I've eaten at Vinny's twice this year expecting better food but it continues to disappoint me!