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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena, Galena, IL
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

4.3
4.3
2190 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (815) 777-8100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Vinny Vanucchi's now has multiple private dinning rooms available. The unparalleled 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.
  • Private party contact
    Corey Lugrain: (815) 777-8100
  • Neighborhood
    Galena
  • Cross street
    Washington
  • 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. <br />
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

2,190 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going. It was a Monday and the place was full and energetic. Friendly staff, food was excellent, all around great time.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I made a reservation for my daughter and 7 of her friends. They are high school seniors, and we were celebrating a special weekend with them in Galena. They were seated in a private room/private area of the restaurant, which was very thoughtful even tho the restaurant wasn’t crowded (Sunday evening). Service was great. Food, on the other hand, was awful & overpriced - the pasta was over cooked and the marinara was watery. It wasn’t only her dish that was bad - all 8 entrees were bad. The bill averaged $35/person for food that they couldn’t even eat! Very disappointing. The service was the only saving grace.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food , wish they would split checks for couples

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  4. Tony

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant has a great location and could be so much better. This isn’t a bad place but when compared to other offentic Italian restaurants it’s just average at best. Service was ok they could have been more attentive and we would have drank more but they only came around once. Overall I would rate them a 4 out of 10.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful handling our dietary needs.

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  6. JillB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, but the service was even better! Rhonda was a pleasure! Very attentive, fabulous service, and a fun personality. We will definitely be back!

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  7. MikeW

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great evening at Vinny’s and the food was amazing. The ambiance in this restaurant is perfect and reminded us of our trip to Italy. Portions are very large, so if you are thinking of splitting a meal, you will definitely have plenty of food for both! But with so many great options, you may just want to stick to your own! Our server was fantastic and as a bonus, she was also a great bartender. I would recommend this to anyone!

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  8. MarshaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was delicious, the server did an excellent job. We were seated in a small room with a large party of 8-10 people next to us and it was hard to hear our own conversation at our little table of 2! Overall a enjoyable dinner out.

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  9. RachelS

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our 13th anniversary. While we had reservations for 5:30 pm, my husband and I showed up early at 5 pm because we had finished shopping early. While we didn’t get the best table, we were quickly accommodated and seated at another table. Our server was great and she had a lot of restaurant experience to share what she would recommend. Our food was amazing and it tasted just as good when we reheated them as leftovers. We loved the house salad vinaigrette so much that we are looking to replicate it this summer for healthier meal options. Thank you so much for a great anniversary dinner!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food quality and customer service. Would definitely return.

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  11. hawkeyejohn

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation and we were seated right away. Service was prompt and our food came out quickly. Everything was delicious! This is a great spot in the heart of downtown Galena, IL.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I reviewed this on another travel site totally blah foood

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EVERYTHING was wonderful!! If I was forced to give anything negative, it was that we couldn’t eat it all and, since we were not n vacation, we couldn’t take it with us. Awesome time!! I would not miss the place if you are eating in Galena.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Vinny’s. 5 stars everytime. Had a new waiter, Ray, who was very knowledgeable about the wines and the entrees. Always makes the experience better when your questions are easily answered

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  15. OmarB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived for our 7:30pm reservation for my darling girlfriend’s birthday, as communicated on the reservation, with a party of 8. Our table was not ready, and the host did not seem to know what was going on. We were sent upstairs on our own to find their second dining room to find another host who did not know who we were and seem unconcerned about our desire to eat. We finally sat down and our waiter brought us waters. Our waitress never asked what brought us in, did not ask if we had ever been there before, nor did she ask if we had any questions. She took our drink order, but did not offer any suggestions. We ordered some apps and as soon as the bruschetta came out, we knew our dinner may be in trouble. The plate looked like we were about to find the cameras in a candid camera episode of kitchen nightmares. Gordon Ramsay would never let that plate out of the kitchen. The dry toast had a single slice of semi-fresh bland tomato, with a slab of aged fresh mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic glaze all surrounded by a spring salad. The stuffed mushrooms were covered in cheese, so can’t go too bad, but other than a vague general “seafood” flavor, there wasn’t much flavor present. But those apps are were just the opening act to the dinner. Our party of 8 had 2 people not even had more than a couple bites. The Alfredo sauce tasted jarred/canned. We as a table laughed and spoke loudly about our dining experience, but no one was interested in our displeasure. Our waitress seemed to stop making eye contact. The birthday was never acknowledged. I wanted to give my lady a memorable birthday, and the experience we had may not have been enjoyable, but it will certainly be remembered.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ice cold, told server. Been going for years and both food and service has gone downhill. Extremely dissapointed $140 for dinner for 2. Culver’s would of been better. Also emailed restaurant and not a response back at all. Will not be back

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  17. Propertyowner

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Raymond was excellent The pasta was ok. I had penne with meatballs. There was nor enough marinara for the amount of pasta served

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  18. TimS

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, a very cool looking restaurant in a really great community. That’s kind of where my accolades end. My wife and both ordered entrees and a glass of wine. The wine was not good and the food was bland and not real hot when it was served. The marinara sauce was lacking any Italian spice flavor and a little watery. The eggplant was tough and apparently had not been prepped to remove some of the water in the slices prior to frying. The result was an extremely soggy dish. I have eaten Eggplant Parmesan many times and can always tell when the proper steps in the preparation of eggplant have not been applied. Maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes. We didn’t feel this was a good experience.

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  19. Kingsley22

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed with this place. Had the lasagna and seafood fettuccine; each dish was terrible. The Italian sausage looked like it was boiled and had a weird consistency. The ricotta cheese was super thick and overwhelming. Quite possibly the worst lasagna I’ve ever had. The seafood fettuccine had no flavor. The cream sauce was supposed to be similar to Alfredo (according to the waitress) but tasted like it was just heavy cream and no other seasonings. Tried to save the dish by adding what was available at the table (S&P, hot chilies, Parmesan cheese) and it was still bad. Unclear what other people have eaten here to give it such a high rating, but I could never recommend anyone coming here. The garlic bread and salad were fine. Service was okay. We were celebrating a birthday which was acknowledged when we arrived but never by the waitress which was odd. Though after the food, didn’t care the we didn’t have to experience the dessert. Do yourself a favor and go across the street to fried green tomatoes instead. Sad that this place isn’t better. It has great potential but needs to get better chefs that know what flavor is.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere and wonderful service from Avery. Great food

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  21. RussellT

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was nothing special. Service was great. Might or might not come again

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  22. HeidiA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and delicious food. Nice quiet atmosphere for date night.

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  23. Peoriabrit

    Anchorage

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Vinny's has a very warm and cosy atmosphere on a number of levels. Our server Brent was very attentive with good recommendations. The salad and cheesy garlic bread was included in the price of the meal and delicious. The food was plentiful and hot. A very neat restaurant to try in Galena and we are very glad that we followed the recommendation to make a reservation.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the pasta, it was good. Would like to go back to sit on the cute patio.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food. If we are back jn the area we will return.

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  26. SueMa

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great solid Italian restaurant with traditional dishes. Love all the little rooms and decor. Went there once with just my husband and another time with our kids. Both visits didn’t disappoint. Also, love the salad and garlic bread that comes with many of the dishes. We will be back again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was good, friendly and helpful, but the food is not good at all.

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  28. Mimi

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s charming interior and looks cute perched on a hill. The food we ordered- veal parmigiana and chicken Marsala were not good at all. It didn’t have the flavors and were quite bland. The Marsala had capers, which I don’t typically see in chicken Marsala. The price was too much for what was offered. Kids chicken Alfredo was $17. I get that this place has been around galena for a long time, but history and longevity doesn’t always equal good food. so bummed about our experience here.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice dinner. Enjoyable and recommend this restaurant.

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  30. Diane

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The atmosphere in the main restaurant is much more desirable than the bistro. You need specify when you make a reservation that you don’t want to sit in the bistro!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here for every date night we can. It’s our favorite restaurant by far

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was mediocre at best. Won’t be returning

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Our favorite restaurant in Galena.

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  34. JaceM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For starters, the waitress was very professional. The salad and bread very tasty. The Baked Seafood Italiano was amazing. My wife's Penne Chicken Romano was average. The tiramisu was quite bland. For the prices, I would expect linen napkins, not paper. The water that was served had quite a mineral taste to it. If I am spending almost $100 for a meal for 2, I should not be served water that hints of dish soap. Maybe the locals are used to the taste, but it reminded me of artesian water from South Dakota.

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  35. JaxRainbow

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, fabulous food and great service! We did have to climb a lot of stairs, but it was worth it!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food!!!! Wonderful service! Love coming here!

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  37. CarissaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, one of a kind building & atmosphere. The food is as good. Personally we would have liked more seasoning but still good.

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  38. BillB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service at Vinny’s in Galena AAA++++

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  39. Familyeatsout

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and staff very attentive. Depending on where you’re seated it can get a bit noisy. I find the upstairs street level and outside dinning the most enjoyable.

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  40. AlexisD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good! The portion sizes were big! The waitress was super sweet!

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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 4.3 stars by 2190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

201 S Main, Galena, IL 61036

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Washington
  • Neighborhood
    Galena
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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. <br />
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (815) 777-8100
  • Private party facilities
    Vinny Vanucchi's now has multiple private dinning rooms available. The unparalleled 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.
  • Private party contact
    Corey Lugrain: (815) 777-8100
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