Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

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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
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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

KH
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TN
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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!

S
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating outside there! The service was outstanding, food, atmosphere...perfect!! We will be back. Sitting outside there and listening to the street band players is like a scene out of the movies.

A
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood fettuccini good. Best garlic bread ever. Family style salad.

M
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out server was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere at Vinni’s is warm and welcoming. We ordered Auntie Gracie’s Sausage Ragu which we almost always order when we visit Galena. It was as excellent as always ...

We will certainly be back!

OT
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to this place several times over the years even though we do not live near Galena. It has never failed to be top notch as far as we are concerned.

s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Vinny Vanucchi's. We made our reservations for later on a Tuesday night because of our late afternoon activities. While many servers would be anxious to close, our server Christian was enthusiastic and welcoming. He was super accommodating to one of our guests who had a health emergency while we were there. He was patient, kind and gracious. On top of all of this, the wine and food were AMAZING. We loved the family-style salad and garlic bread and my seafood pasta dish was so great that I brought the leftovers all they way back home with me to finish the next evening (3.5 hours away.) We will definitely be back!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent food was great I will recommend to friends next time they come here I give this place A+++++

LA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I really love this restaurant, unfortunately our last visit was not as fabulous as other visits. We were placed in a "private" room, which was nice because it was my birthday but it hadn't looked to be dusted in decades. The area was right under a staircase that the busy servers ran up and down, constantly, making the visit full of the "bang bang bang" of footsteps. We had to get up once to find our server, after it took quite a while for a request for more bread and drink refills. Maybe because we were in a room where our server couldn't see us we didn't receive the level of service we usually do. The salad and garlic bread did not disappoint but my Chicken Marsala was heavy, sticky, overcooked pasta and couldn't even taste the capers (my favorite part). The lasagna dinner portion was very small, the kids meals were all well proportioned and a good value. We will be back, and I will update this review (if necessary :)

l
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary got loud with a bridal bachelorette party otherwise very nice experience

TR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Service was great! The garlic bread and salad was awesome as well. Would go again.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute place, love the decor. Food was good but needed a little more salt. The service was impeccable!

TM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Italian Food. nice dining setup with multiple floors once you find the restaurant in the back. if you like Italian, you won't go wrong here.

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We sat outside and it was so quaint and nice. We both enjoyed our pasta but especially loved the salad and garlic toast. Would definitely go back!

M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious and our server was great too. I will definitely be back for the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Next time we will sit outside, we noticed that was very popular and seemed like a pleasant area to dine!

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We have been to Vinnie's many times thru the years.As always,it was a good experience overall.I am concerned that the food quality is not what it used to be.Our food came very quickly,almost to quick.I ordered Rocky's Ravioli and it seemed like it might have come from a can and heated in a microwave.Really no difference from canned Chef Boy R Dees.For 17 or 18 dollars you expect a little more.This is the first negative comment I have made about Vinnie's.

SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner, the waitress was great! The only comment we have is for the price point, the cheap silverware that is used at Vinny vanucchi's needs a serious upgrade.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere! Such a great venue.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The portions are just huge. I would like to see two sizes be available.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been there many times and will go again. The food is great. The ambiance is wonderful.

LV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Vinny’s. Our waitress was especially fantastic. Best meatballs ever! And enormous portions.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly service. Food was spectacular!!

JE
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends from western Iowa.

LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute multi-level restaurant with optional summer outdoor seating. Good menu selections. Can enter off Bench St (no steps) or Main (lots of steps). A fabulous addition to your Galena dining experience!

SP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have dinner here when we visit Galena. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is authentic, fresh, and delicious!

AB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and excellent service! Chicken Milanese is to die for.

ME
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Our waitress was wonderful as well as the food.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience, we are repeat customers. Some fly control may have been helpful. The food and service were awesome

FP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The Good: Salad dressing excellent, Garlic bread amazing, Waiter was attentive. Ambience is nice

The Bad: Lasagna was barely eatable, they put a hard slab of sausage in between the lasagna noodles. The Lasagna was only luke warm.

Spaghetti and sauce was tasteLESS. Olive garden tastes better.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My only suggestion is portion size could be less and lower pricing. Most people visiting are traveling and don’t wish to take leftovers or have the means to. For us a lot of food was wasted as we could not take with us. Pretty pricey dinner to throw away. The food was delicious and the service was very good.

j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not very good for what is supposed to be Italian cooking. The veal was chewy and the Marsala sauce was a heavy brown unappetizing gravy. Not for me

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Cute place located on Main St. the service was great, the waitress was very kind and helpful.

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