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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4.2

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4.2

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4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (11)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
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Scenic View (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

This used to be one of my favorite places to eat in Galena. I've probably eaten there 10+ times. It has degraded consistently over that time. It's at best a fast casual restaurant now. I'll be looking for another favorite now.

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·Dined 4 days ago

As always an enjoyable experience the food was great the salad and bread were excellent. It made a special occasion special. Recommended

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Connor was our waiter. He was very attentive. It was Valentine's Day, so I'm sure he was a little busier than usual, but you wouldn't have known it from his having tended to us numerous times as we waited on our food. I like my ribeye well done no pink, so that was taking some time. We assured him we were in no hurry. We love the ambiance of Vinny's and have made it our dinner spot when we are up there to ski.

Our food was delicious!!! Cooked to perfection. We ate every last morsel and dessert on top of That! Connor brought me a divine gluten free chocolate cake that was the best gluten free dessert I've ever had! Having a food allergy to gluten makes finding good food tough. Not the case at Vinnys!

My husband and I enjoyed everything about our Valentine's dinner, and left a tip that we hope reflected this!!

We look forward to our return!

Renea and Randy Judd
Illiopolis, Illinois

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Another amazing experience! Brought a set of new friends - 1st timers - to Galena and it was a hit once again. Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Awesome food, staff, and ambiance!!! Highly recommended!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

the food was awful. Shrimp scampi was booked, not broiled. Veal masala was served on noodle with so much horrible sauce. Service was excellent. Would not recommend

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great as well as food. Very private and quiet was able to enjoy our dinner date on our weekend away without children.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was “ok”. Nothing special. We had tortallini carbonara which tasted like it was out of a can, and the veal parmigiana was good but again the red sauce was just ok.

Our waiter was a bit quiet and didn’t clean the table between courses so dishes kept piling up. We were the only ones in the restaurant for the better part of our meal so it wasn’t that he was busy. Maybe he was new?

Overall experience was just ok but for the price there are much better options so we won’t be returning.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and a charming ambiance. The owner was there and very friendly and welcoming. The garlic bread is amazing. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food in a nice setting and the garlic bread is to die for!The only downfalls were service was a little slow and it was FREEZING upstairs where we were sitting. Overall, a nice experience and we would try it again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The bruschetta and the lasagna were both phenomenal. The restaurant had a nice view looking outside. The hosts were attentive and friendly when we walked in the restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Cozy, warm place with great pasta & wine. Our favorite place to eat in Galena.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

When ever I am in Galena for the weekend I tend to make a reservation at Vinny Vanucci's. Its a nice/unique atmosphere, good food and not overly expensive. Its just a quaint little restaurant in a quaint little town.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. Vinny's has a huge selection to choose from and all of the food options are fantastic. Service was very good. Was able to get right in and did not wait for our table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food in true Italian style. Garlic bread was really good and abundant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner on New Years Eve and it was disappointing. The waiter was difficult to track down, our salad was frozen and we had to send the steak back because it was very undercooked. My husband commented that his sausage ragu was no better than something we could make at home and the sauce was watery. Will not return and do not recommend.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! Meeting the owner last night was fabulous! Thank you for always taking care of our group on NYE in the cave. Meghan did an amazing job- great food and service!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Vinnys before. Food is great, the ambiance and service perfect and is priced right.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the location, ambiance, and food. We had a wonderful time but a couple of disappointments. The server forgot to tell us about the special, which she did after we reminded her.

I had ordered a gin martini on the rocks. The waitress brought a martini up. When I told her, she agreed to exchange it, but the replacement did not taste right. It had a salty taste. I ended up telling the Maitre D' who quickly brought me a correct cocktail. I had Pasta Ala Vinny for dinner, which was excellent.

My wife ordered some pasta and asked if it could come with one meat ball. The server said yes, but when she brought it, there was no meat. We did not get charged for the meat ball.

So, not sure what was going on, but not the top notch service we normally get. All in all, still enjoyed our New Year's dinner and would probably return.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good Italian food. The service was quick but not pushy. It’s located in a quaint old building. I would recommend it to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

They worked hard to accommodate our group size changes. Food was3.5/5 overall among the group. Seafood was raved about...the veal was tough. Our service was nice, funny but lacked common sense. I.e.: if you serve a table of 8 3 different appetizers, you should make sure all have plates. Also, only one of us had silverware. Bring bread? Then bring butter and oil w parm. Overall, nice....we'd go back. The 3 flights of stairs in sub zero temps were a bit painful.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was very slow. Not that our server wasn’t pleasant but he was young and too inexperienced to accommodate our group of eight. Also I made our reservation thru the open table link to take advantage of a $10 reward which Vinny Vannucchis would not honor. Our group of eight spent close to $400 which the inback of a $10 reward would have been insignificant. Our reason for booking this reservation was in part to take advantage of the reward .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I ordered a seafood and pasta dish with the cream sauce on the side. It was perfect!!! Usually I don’t order those type of dishes because there’s too much sauce so this was awesome!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Visit every year, great food is a great town with a good staff !!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great authentic Italian! This is our go-to-place in Galena. The service is almost always great, and the meals are delicious. Atmosphere is a bonus. I recommend that you make reservations, although they are not always necessary.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very enjoyable place to dine. We had a great time for my wife's birthday. Would go back and try other items on the menu. Everything was to satisfaction

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Lasagna was outstanding. Planning on going back first chance we get.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very good food here! This is the third time we have visited while in Galena. Have sat outside and inside, and each is great. I enjoy the food here alot. The service could be a little better. Our server on this past visit seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but at work. He did not offer us a wine menu, (we did ask for one), did not ask how our food was, if it was correct, or even if we wanted desert. He came to the table and tried to take our food before we were finished. Overall, he was not horrible, but i would expect a little better service for the price of food and wine here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was cold, waitress was uninspired. No management staff check up on meal satisfaction. We have eaten at Vinny's on previous occasions and it was much better. We will definitely be looking for a different place to dine on our next trip.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Family Christmas

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 2, 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 1, 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 25, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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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