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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena, Galena, IL
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena, Galena, IL
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena, Galena, IL
Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena, Galena, IL
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

4.5
4.5
2153 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 9 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 2,153 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,153 Reviews
  1. BillB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    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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  2. 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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  3. JasonR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ray our server was awesome. He made us feel like a king and queen on our date night. We will be visiting again soon.

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  4. KJohnson

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and authentic Italian ambience, loved it!

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  5. JudieC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is awesome - and our server was excellent. Vinny’s garlic bread is the best anywhere. Out “go to” place when in town.

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  6. bmcl

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was helpful and friendly. The decor and ambience of the restaurant was nice and very Italian. The food could have been better. The fettucini alfredo was terrible to be honest, alfredo out of a jar was better than what I was served. My partner's manicotti meal was good, but a little steep in price for the amount of food served. Prices were steep all around honestly. I don't know if I would come back here.

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  7. JenniferE

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was amazing, the atmosphere was amazing, the food however… definitely not amazing or worth what we paid for our entrees. The Seafood in my baked linguini dish had zero flavor and there was almost no Alfredo sauce in the dish. The manicotti noodles in my fiancé’s dish were mushy. Very disappointing. The meatballs and the salad were very good, however. Be careful what you order.

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  8. carynf

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious … amazing service … just a little pricey

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  9. Munchers

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! I had the eggplant parmigana and my partner had the lasagne. The garlic bread was fabulous.

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  10. DavidK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found "Little Italy" on the web. The weather was terrible, and few people were in -Galena. Not what we had hoped for when planning our mid-winter escape. Despite the weather, we delighted in the quaint approach of Main Street. Vinny Vanucchi's was like walking into a friend's home. Johnatan was our efficient waiter and our dining experience was memoriable. Liltte Italy will remain on our list of restaurants to revisit in the future.

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  11. PadraicD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and came out in short time. Appetizers and salad were great! Such a neat location and fun place!

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  12. TonyD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vinnie's was excellent as always. The didn't have the record of my reservation made through Open Table but excellent en being a Friday night, my wife and I were seated. We both tried a new dish from the previous tines we have eaten there. We were not disappointed, other than to full to get a wonderful dessert. Love their house salad dressing and soft garlic bread

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and wonderful service. Everyone is so friendly. Food was great.

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  14. JackG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an incredible place! I went there once before with family, and had to bring my husband back to try it too!

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  15. KendallL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, great food and loved the ambiance.

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  16. MattC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fiancé and I made a short trip to Galena and chose Vinny’s for our dinner. The food was great and service was top notch. Would dine here again!

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  17. PamP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was outstanding and our server couldnt have been more kind and attentive to our needs. It is upstairs so anyone with issues of stair climbing it may be a little difficult to get to the front entrance.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Family enjoyed. Service could have been better but overall since we weren’t in a hurry, still great.

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  19. KatieV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dining experience at Vinny Vanucchi's and hope to return some day. Our group of 8 had a private dining room. It made our experience intimate and enjoyable, but seemed hard on the waitress to move around. The food was delicious and all 8 of us loved our meals.

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  20. TheMonkThumbsUp

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just love the food, always perfect! Wait staff goes above and beyond.

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  21. DavidM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding as well as the food and ambiance. Very quiet where we sat and a nice view of Main Street. This is the first time my wife and I had been here and it did not disappoint. We had a wonderful experience.

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  22. CourtneyF

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually enjoy this establishment! Sadly the Bistro dining area was very quiet.. didn't have the lively Italian music and talkative atmosphere we are use to. Our entrees was sadly bland. The service was wonderful, drinks were delicious. For the price though, expectations are high for flavorful food & delightful atmosphere.

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  23. Decker

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing. Love the whole ambiance of the place. Food is decent but expensive. Seafood mushrooms were amazing. Dinner was about 3/5.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a very disappointing experience. We booked on open table. Had 13 people. Made reservations broken up into 3 tables. Emailed the restaurant to explain that we had 3 tables under 3 names but were one group. Said we were happy to sit at different tables or breakup however would be easiest for them but would like to be sat in the same area. No response. And when we arrived the host could not be bothered even though restaurant had full openings. We were set in 3 farthest corners of the restaurant away from each other. We would have been better served on this if we walked in with no reservation. We asked our hostess in the future how should we handle a situation where we wanted to make a reservation for a larger group (I mean it is only 13 people so it’s not enormous by any means). She said you need to come in to the restaurant speak to the manager. 🤦‍♀️ Next we had extremely awful service. Had to track her down repeatedly for refills. Our kids ordered their food with sauce on the side. All three got their food with sauce on it. And it was lukewarm at best. Two of my 3 went ahead and ate it. It took a good 20 minutes for our waitress to come back in our area. We explained that we asked for sauce on side and he could not eat it. She was like oh yeah. Ok I will bring a new plate. But I said don’t bother because everyone else in our party at the other tables had been done eating for a long time and we were all done at our table so there was no point. We asked for the check. She charged us for all meals even though one was not touched. It was a truly disappointing experience for our last day of family vacation. And to be fair, one of our group had a great waiter and a lovely dinner. They said the food was meh but it was okay. Their waiter was awesome though.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was rushed and not friendly but we love this place . Food quality and atmosphere is great!

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  26. ChadR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eater at Vinny’s. The atmosphere was great, felt like I was back in the old country. Table was a bit wobbly just like an old restaurant on the country side of Italy. The garlic bread was to die for. Definitely making the drive back to stop by again.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was lack luster! Salad was good Garlic bread was good Chicken Fettuccine was not seasoned. The Chicken Fettuccine was was tough. The Hamburger was over-cook

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian food! The sauces were amazing and service was great. I’d recommend.

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  29. JuliaS

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It doesn’t disappoint. I like it because my kids like everything, and my husband and I like it too. Everyone is happy. Yummy salad and garlic bread is unlimited too.

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  30. RonM

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a Galena staple. We’ve been many times. This last visit was underwhelming. Service is always great. This time my meal was just okay. Fettuccine was chewy, the Alfredo sauce was watery, and the chicken tough. Usually we really enjoy this popular place. This time was an off night.

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  31. Sophie46

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tim was an outstanding waiter, the food was outstanding!

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  32. GarthG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere was great, food was underwhelming and our sever was overall really good...until he brought me a different dish than I had ordered. I am pretty easy going so I brushed it off, but he simply laughed it off and never even offered to compensate for the mistake. Even charging us $4 for one cup of after dinner coffee. My understanding, offered up from a local shop owner, is the overall quality of Vinny's has dropped significantly with the owners being less involved.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Galena. You will not go hungry eating here. Great value and great food.

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  34. BrettA

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Reminded me of Maggiano’s. The restaurant is in a good location and the value is great. We were initially sat at a table of 6 right by the door as a party of 4. They did accommodate us after we asked to sit somewhere else. Found it odd that they make the servers pour their own drinks at the bar, but our server was professional about it. Tasty food, nothing extravagant. In all enjoyable for the price.

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  35. JesseR

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband was parking the car when I checking in for reservation. I said my name was for party of 3. Was sat down with only 2 silverware and 2 menus. My husband son and I sat for 16 minutes before we seen anyone. Waiter gave us our 3 waters. He was wearing a bracelet with a chain that hung from it and it dipped into my husband’s water when he sat it down. He proceeded to ask “Okay are you guys ready to order your food?” I proceeded to order my drink first and then our meals. I asked if we could get another water for my husband as well as another silverware and a small plate. He said sure I will be right back. Never came back until we got our bread and salad. Again had to ask for water, silverware and a plate. Never came back. I gave my husband my water because I ordered a martini, then had to share my fork and small plate with my husband and he waited for me to eat my salad first. Meals came fast though. Had to ask again for another silverware and waiter said sure. Never came back for a few minutes but the table next to us was set up so my husband took silverware from the the next table just so he could eat his food while hot. I had to share my water with my husband in between drinking my martini. Only seen waiter enough after to ask if we were ready for the check when I seen two other tables with a different waiter get tended to much more although they had bigger parties than us. Was worth the price if we simply didn’t have to feel like my husband had to beg for basic things in order for him to simply enjoy his meal like another menu, fresh clean water, a plate and some of his own silverware. We laughed it off after but really couldn’t enjoy other conversation topics as the main topic was asking “ Is he coming back with our stuff the whole time? We just decided to box our stuff and enjoy the rest of the meal back at our hotel room as we seemed too inconvenient to be a party of three trying to enjoy my son’s 18th birthday at dinner there. Food was amazing however!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was terrible. There were shells in the seafood pasta and the sauce tasted like it came from a jar. For the price very bad. The manager did remove the bad items from the bill. Would not recommend or go back.

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  37. BostonBruins4

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu has most of the classic pasta dishes, and all of them are well prepared. Nice atmosphere, especially in the street bistro set up they have in the more recently opened half of the building. Nothing beats sitting on the patio in summer, but it's a great place year round.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were waited on promptly and it was beneficial that we had reservations. Our waiter was excellent and the food was great. Would recommend it to anyone!

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  39. James

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We truly enjoyed our dining experience and the server was very attentive. We would love to know the salad recipe in order to recreate at home.

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  40. GonzaloV

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The salad, garlic bread,, and wine selection are great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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 4.5 stars by 2153 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 9 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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