About Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

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

201 S Main
Galena, IL 61036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 777-8100

Website:
http://www.vinnysgalena.com/

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.

Private Party Facilities:
The unparalled 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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Special Occasion (30)
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Romantic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Cozy (21)
Fun (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Scenic View (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
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Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We've been to Vinny's many times and enjoy the food and atmosphere. I rated the service one star less because our waiter seemed to be elsewhere at times. However, we would come back soon in the future.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Dec 9, 2017...
Wonderful meal and time at Vinny Vanucchi

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·Dined 3 days ago

This was my first time Dinning at Vinny Vanucchi's, and overall I wasn't impressed. I wouldn't leave them a bad review because nothing was BAD about the experience. It just wasn't anything special for a $20 plate. The server was good, and upbeat but the food was lacking. I had the sausage ragu which was good, but like I said not worth the $18.95.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

Family Christmas

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The overall experience was tremendous!! Food was superb, ambiance was amazing, and service was spot on. I even requested to sit near the wine casks because it is a little more quiet and they were able to accommodate me. I highly recommend it for anyone celebrating an anniversary or something where you want it to be a little more intimate.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were celebrating our 6th month anniversary and they made it extra special!

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great Italian food and wonderful ambiance, great value for money, our favorite dinner place in Galena.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Noisy but food is always great. Would like a little more room between tables.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything was great! Love the atmosphere and service was good! Awesome food and wine!

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was great! Service was very good. The server knew we had somewhere to go right after so she made things quick. She was very nice!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We advised we were celebrating a birthday , our desert was brought out and then later the waiter hands me candle only ?????. Strange

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were there for the wine release of the Neauveo for Galena Winery. The special menu featuring pumpkin spice soup was wonderful. The atmosphere was enchanting with the food and service spectacular!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great dining experience! Portions are extremely generous and very "fresh" tasting. We had the lasagna and the veal along with their fabulous salad and garlic bread. I don't believe anyone leaves feeling hungry! We celebrated a birthday and received a complimentary generous portion of white strawberry cake that was very tasty! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was not impressed with the food quality. Would not return or recommend unfortunately.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pasta A la Vinny is the best

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was top notch and the restaurant is very warm and cozy and nicely decorated.
The food was excellent; my husband had the lasagne and the portion was large and I had the manicotti and I felt the portion was very small for the price.
We would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have been going yo Vinny Vanucchi's for quite a number of years now and always have a great time. We were especially happy to be able to get a window table facing Main Street.
Food as usual, was great and had a lot of fun with other customers enjoying their time also.
Service was outstanding and our waitress was very courteous and helpful.
This is always the first nights dinner when we go to Galena.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went with friends for dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Awesome pasta and garlic bread.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Vinnie's is our anniversary spot when we come to Galena. Never have had bad service or bad food! Love the atmosphere and the crew!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were in for dinner with friends and were greeted warmly. We were taken to a lovely window table. Our waiter was attentive, food was delicious. We will recommend Vinny's to friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

made a reservation for 4 people during the holiday Halloween parade. Was pretty disappointing. The pasta that we got was okay at best, really didn't have much flavor at all, and that was the consensus around the table. We asked to be sat by the windows but the gentleman at the door said they were reserved, although no one came in and sat at those tables while we were there.

We were sat in the bar and bistro part of the restaurant, so I dont know if the rest of the place was different, as I assume they have a different kitchen for each section.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious! I have to eat gluten free, they have a gf menu and it was delicious. Hubby loved his eggplant parmesan. Service was excellent

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service. Loved the ambiance and coziness.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Sorry, we wanted to like this place, but the food was inedible. Chicken was not cooked through fully, pasta was drowning in olive oil, salad smothered in cheese. Should've known we were in for a disaster when we entered the restaurant and someone from the kitchen let out a huge burp. Totally unprofessional and nasty.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was average, Olive Garden type Italian. Very overpriced. $20 for tortellini is ridiculous.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Vinny Vanucchi's is always on our dining list whenever my husband and I visit Galena. The food is consistently good, service and ambience is great, prices are reasonable. We've never been disappointed with our dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was excellent, the place is nice. Waitress was not the best. Waited awhile just to get started with water, bread and drink orders. Said she would bring more salad, we’re still waiting for it! She was very nice, but took far too long for everything. Food is very good though.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had been before a few years ago and it was quite nice then. This time the waitress was rough, she threw the food on the table. The food was ordered and out in minutes and tasted like it had been sitting for awhile-not fresh. It was a disappointing 40th anniversary dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had been here before but never on the Bistro side. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious! We will definitely be returning!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food. Very reasonably priced. One of my favorites in Galena.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Visited during the weekend of the craft fair. Had 6 family members with one child under 2. The restaurant is not accessible easily by stroller. Once we finally made it up the hill to the restaurant was advised we had to go up several steps to the table, had to carry the stroller up and down it was very hard, even though a “service” elevator is available. Food was “okay”. Service was fine, nothing spectacular. Would be very challenging to access for an elderly couple or people with disabilites.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Frequent visitor to Vinny's. Do not care to be put up in the "bistro" which is an upstairs (outside wooden steps). Requested inside the actual restaurant but was seated up in the extra area. Doesn't have the same feel as the actual original dining area. Air was on and a cold draft kept coming across our table. We will be back, but hopefully inside the main building.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

After climbing stairs in the town all day, the last thing we wanted was to climb more stairs to get to our table and get into the restaurant. Two people had the chicken fettuccini alfredo, and I had the eggplant parmesan (special). My eggplant was delicious, and it was a huge meal (I'm having the rest today). The 2 who ordered the chicken fettuccini alfredo were somewhat disappointed-didn't care for their food. Our waiter was, however, fabulous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great restaurant, just wish it was handicap accessible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Vinny's never disappoints! Excellent, authentic Italian cuisine and atmosphere. Our favorite spot to bring visitors.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service at Vinny's was very attentive and friendly! The food was fantastic as always. It took a little bit to be greeted when we walked in, but once we did, everything was seamless. Our table was ready on time, the service was great, and the food was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was great and the food was absolutely incredible! We were seated in between a large party and a table with a screaming toddler so the noise level was much higher than preferred. However, the food and drinks made up for it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and friendly staff . Service was fast!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was terrible. Dry bread and tasteless. Salad greens tough.
Meal was way below past experiences. I assume some new management is in place. We are not coming back and we have been loyal customers for over 15 years!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Went for out 10 year wedding anniversary. We put that as our special celebration on open table. Restaurant never acknowledged anniversary. Our waiter, I could understand his mumbling. He never told us the specials. He paid more attention to the table with 4 women, than my wife and I. He would fill their glasses with water but not come to our table. Food was very bland. Don't get a steak here. You can make the same steak at home. We will not be returning to this restaurant. There are many other places to eat on Main St than this disappointment. Sucks we wasted our wedding anniversary on this place.

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