About Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Galena

201 S Main
Galena, IL 61036
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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

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: 8157778100x

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

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

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4.2

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4.5

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Great ambience

Dined on April 23, 2016

Vinny's is a beautiful restaurant with great ambience. The food was a little bland for my tastes, but on my next visit I will ask for more garlic!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Vinnys

Dined on April 23, 2016

Love this place. We come here every time we go to Galena! Great food, great service and great wine list!!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Excellent Food--Excellent Service

Dined on April 20, 2016

Our server our favorite part of the meal. She was attentive and respectful of our desires. The food was excellent. We ate simply: spaghetti and fettuccine alfredo. Both were excellent and flavorful. The wines were phenomenal. Our server recommended a Goosebump(sp?) red wine, which was awesome. He likes red wine, I don't, but I loved it! Would have bought a whole case if I could have.The bruschetta was completely different than any other I have ordered and well worth every penny and calorie. We will definitely be back on our next trip.

Tags: great for lunch, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service3
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Wish it was 10 years ago again!

Dined on April 10, 2016

I was here 10 years ago and couldn't wait to come back. Very disappointing! Food wasn't the same quality at all. Red gravy had no taste at all. Calamari was rubbery. The only thing we enjoyed was the garlic bread.

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ambience5
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Excellent as always!

Dined on March 27, 2016

Excellent as always!

food1
ambience1
service1
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Amazing food and very quiet!

Dined on March 25, 2016

Loved the food and would go back in a heartbeat! Very pretty inside... would accommodate anyone!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
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Very Special Place

Dined on March 19, 2016

Such a romantic place! The bruschetta is absolutely delightful, and the eggplant parmasan was just as amazing. My sweetie's veal was gobbled up with none left!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food1
ambience5
service4
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Very bland

Dined on March 18, 2016

We went to Galena for the wine fest weekend. Saw Vinny's on trip advisor and the menu looked fantastic. The bruschetta was wonderful, but the marinara was bland and so was the eggplant parmesan. It was soggy and without taste. How can an Italian restaurant have bland food ?

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Italian Restaurant

Dined on March 17, 2016

Vinny Vanucchi's Little Italy is a wonderful dining experience for 2 or for 12! Great atmosphere; pleasant hospitality; and delicious Italian food! Whenever we visit Galena, we make sure to eat at least one meal at Vinny Vanucchi's!!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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ambience5
service5
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Galena fan

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

We go to Galena twice a year and always eat at Vinny Venucci's Little Italy!! The bread is to die for, and the salad dressing should be on everyone's shelf. Everything on the menu is delicious and we have never been disappointed. Love the ambiance and the fact that the restaurant itself has so many different rooms and levels .

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service4
value3

Poor pairing of flavors.

Dined on February 27, 2016

Fettuccine Alfredo with Sausage. The sausage was way too hot and spicy for the Alfredo sauce which is the flavor that should have dominated. A mild Italian sausage would have been more appropriate and enjoyable. My husband had a baked seafood dish which he enjoyed very much.

Tags: romantic
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Cozy ambiance

vip
Dined on February 18, 2016

On a windy February Thursday, we headed to Vinny's for an early dinner. Our waiter, Jeffrey, was friendly and efficient. We love Vinny's--red-checked table cloths, candles on the tables, good background music, delicious food options. We enjoyed the linguini with oil and garlic served with salad and garlic bread. We'll be back!

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Our table was ready when we arrived

Dined on February 14, 2016

It was Valentine's Day and we were celebrating our anniversary too! Had a window table and the food was amazing.

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentine Birthday

Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife's birthday is on Valentine's day so we try to do something extra special and 'Vinny's' fits the bill!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service1
value4

My husband and I came to Vanicchis for a ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

My husband and I came to Vanicchis for a second time to celebrate Vday after we had a magical time there around Xmas time. We got the same exact table we did first visit. But after our server treated us differently, waiting for things, endless chit chatting with excuses why we didn't receive service ended us with disappointment. We even got different treatment between my husband and I. Ex. I got a small glass of soda no straw after asking a couple of times and husband getting the appropriate glass to serve soda with straw in right away. We literally waited 20 minutes for our check. Not sure if we will be back due to service next time we visit Galena. Shame.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service5

Garlic bread was awesome. It seems to be ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Garlic bread was awesome. It seems to be drenched in oil, but it is so airy and crisp. Husband had steak- cooked perfect but NO seasoning- disappointed with that. I had shrimp. They were sooo good - Parmesan coating, huge, and so tender they fell apart in your mouth. Seasoned veggies cooked great but a bit too sweet for my pallet - sweet basil and rosemary. Our waitress was great. Very attentive. Atmosphere good. I don't like checking in on second floor, then having to go back outside to go to level 3 to check in again and be seated. It should be done on same level. Will definitely try this place again.

food3
ambience4
service3
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Consistently Good!

Dined on February 13, 2016

We come here when visiting Galena and the food and service are always good.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Delicious!

Dined on February 13, 2016

We ate there for our 38th wedding anniversary and was very happy with the wonderful food. We got the Valentine's Special four course meal, which was a little pricey but so worth it. Everything was hot, fresh, and tasty.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
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Va Va Va Vinny's!

Dined on February 12, 2016

The "wictionary" defines the phrase va va voom as, (slang) Expressing that something is lively, sexy, passionate, and/or exciting. This is exactly what our dining experience was at Vinny Vannucchi's on February 12th. I made the reservation on Open Table and requested a private table on the third floor near a window or the fireplace. We arrived for dinner at 5:30 and were seated immediately on the third floor close to both the fireplace and the window. We must have beat the out of town crowd because we were the only ones in the room! The room is warm and inviting with old Italian photographs and twinkling lights woven through grapevines. We were served water and waited upon within about five minutes, by a very nice college-aged man. I couldn't decide what to order, so I asked for a suggestion. He recommended that I try Auntie Gracie's Sausage Ragu ($17.95), which is described on the menu as, Penne Pasta, Spicy Italian Sausage, Peppers and Mushrooms in our Marinara Sauce with a touch of Parmesan Cream and baked with Mozzarella Cheese. It was very good, and came in a small casserole dish hot from the oven. The sausage was well seasoned and the cheese on top was plentiful. The sauce was sweet, but a bit runny. My husband always orders the lasagne, which is delicious, with a sweet sauce. They serve a large salad to share, which is an antipasta style, and garlic bread that is doused in olio (garlic in oil) and topped with dry parmesan cheese. The bread was good, but not quite as good as I remembered it to be since our last visit. A little dryer and colder. We had a lively waiter who did a great job keeping our beverages filled. It was very romantic for the most part, until the dinner crowd began to come in and the conversation level was a little louder. All in all, it is one of our favorite restaurants in Galena and we will be back during every visit we make to this beautiful and historic town.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Atmosphere

Dined on February 7, 2016

Atmosphere

food3
ambience5
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A traditional romantic go too

Dined on January 25, 2016

Food has become bland through the years and lost a little of its italian old school taste. The restaurant is lovely and updated through the years, but still has kept its traditional Italy look. The service has lost its special touch of offering ground pepper or cheese etc. This was not offered by any servers on the evening we were there and servers are no different in knowledge of wines and food than a chain restaurant. Good , but not the special place any longer.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Galena Hot Spot

Dined on January 24, 2016

Loved everything about it except the noise level. The food was fantastic as was the service.

Tags: good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot

Dined on January 3, 2016

Very romantic place to eat with great Italian selection. Everything we had was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very good will be back

Dined on January 3, 2016

Will go back very good server was good food was great

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

So happy we chose this restaurant on 1/1/16!

Dined on January 2, 2016

We showed up an hour early for our reservation, but we were still seated right away! This multi-level restaurant has a great ambiance and very accommodating wait staff. The food was delicious and reasonably priced: We had salad, garlic bread, Italian wedding soup, fried ravioli, Chicken fettuccini Alfredo (added extra parm cheese) and Chicken Milanese...with lemonade was only $60 for 2 people. We didn't try any cocktails or wine but they had a variety to choose from. Definitely going back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We love Vinny's and make it our "welcome ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

We love Vinny's and make it our "welcome to the New Year" every December 31st with family and friends! This year the waitstaff was outstanding! Our table was ready when we arrived and the whole experience was just perfect. I was even able to have a dish that is only sometimes on the menu for New Year's - thank you chef for the eggplant Parmesan.

food5
ambience5
service5
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A Favorite

Dined on December 31, 2015

We have been going to Vinny Vanucchi's for many years and are never disappointed. Our dinners are always well prepared and served hot. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Be sure to order their tiramisu, it is the best!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

Disappointed

Dined on December 29, 2015

Nobody acknowledged it was our anniversary. Very disappointing especially since it was a special occasion and we do not go out often. I called three weeks before and asked the price of the four course meal. I was told it would not be over $25. When we arrived we were told it was $40 per person. We had a budget so needless to say we did not order the four course.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience4
service4

Excellent food and quaint surrounding

Dined on December 13, 2015

Excellent food and quaint surrounding

food2
ambience4
service4

Has really changed

Dined on November 28, 2015

We had been coming here for about 10 years off and on. Our last visit was Saturday , Nov. 28th. We sat in the bistro, not nearly the charm of the other rooms of the establishment . Waitress was very friendly and checked on us often. The food on the other hand, was not very good. The garlic bread was over cooked, the calamari was over cooked, the salad had barley any dressing, which is a shame because they are known for their garlic bread and salad. I ordered the shrimp scampi, so gross, it was as if they took chopped garlic and oil and laid defrosted shrimp on top. It had no flavor what so ever! Very disappointed in our dinner! Won't be back anytime soon. It's a shame they have gone down hill.

Tags: scenic view
food3
ambience5
service1

Not the same as it used to be

Dined on November 22, 2015

I've been going there once or twice a year for the last 15 years or so and it just seems like it going downhill. Food was just ok. Service was horrendous. I specified that we were celebrating a 40th birthday on open table and requested a table on the second floor by the windows. The host acknowledged both of those things when we arrived and sat us as requested but the birthday was forgotten. We ordered an appetizer, entrees and dessert and I think that this was the only few times our server was at our table. My entree was a seafood alfredo which was supposed to include fresh crab and I had to look very hard to find any. I did find two small pieces. My girlfriend's food was just ok. The ambiance as always is a quaint, romantic setting. Whenever I make a trip to Galena, I make it a point to have dinner or lunch at Vinny's. I think I'll be trying some of the many other restaurants in the area from now on.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience4
service5

The steak Delmonico was cook perfectly. ...

Dined on November 21, 2015

The steak Delmonico was cook perfectly. It melted in my mouth. My wife's eggplant parmesan was also delicious!! I felt like I was over at friends house. Would eat there again!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We asked for a quiet table. They put us ...

Dined on November 14, 2015

We asked for a quiet table. They put us in a private little room with only 2 tables. The ambiance was outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a better evening out with friends. The delicious food and energetic staff ensured a return visit from us.

food5
ambience3
service3

Busy hot spot

Dined on November 8, 2015

My s.o. and I dined here as part of his 50th birthday celebration. We were put on the upper floor between two large parties. The noise level was such the we couldn't have a conversation between us. Our waitress appeared flustered but eventually got all components of our dinner on the table at the same time. The gentleman taking care of the large parties however was very competent and confident in escorting one party out, having the table stripped, cleaned and re-set with the new party seated, with drinks AND their food order before we'd finished our main course! I had the chicken compamare, and my s.o. the meatballs followed by chicken parmigiano. The hot food came hot, very tasty, and almost a struggle to finish, the shared salad and garlic bread well presented and also tasty. I definitely recommend this restaurant just not for a quiet romantic evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food4
ambience5
service5

Great experience as always! Had a couple ...

Dined on October 31, 2015

Great experience as always! Had a couples weekend in Galena for Halloween and had an awesome dinner at Vinny Vanuchis! They were able to accommodate our request of being next to a window that looked into Main Street. We will definitely be back again!

food3
ambience5
service4

They have the best garlic bread and sala ...

Dined on October 31, 2015

They have the best garlic bread and salad ever! I just wish they served dinner earlier than 5pm.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Bon appetite

Dined on October 31, 2015

What a truly great dinner we had. The atmosphere was great and the staff dressed up for Halloween. It was fun and electric. Great time. Food was awesome.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Vinny's has been, and remains one of my ...

Dined on October 26, 2015

Vinny's has been, and remains one of my favorite restaurant for many years. Since they are 100 + miles from home it sometimes too long between visits. We had read a poor review if Vinny's and were wondering if things were not as good as remembered. But no fear, dinner, the service, wine selection, everything was great.

Tags: kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

True Italian Food

vip
Dined on October 26, 2015

We loved this restaurant. We had chicken parmesan and it was cooked the old fashioned way. Big portions, and delicious. I love "real" italian food this fit the bill.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

Trip to Galenna

vip
Dined on October 25, 2015

Service was incredibly slow. Food was ok for the price. We visit Galenna once a year and have eaten here many times. This will probably be the last as service is always slow

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups

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