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Sep 20, 2007 07:18 PM

Vinny's Superette- Somerville

Never a few reviews from Looks like a fun place.
Thinking of going there w/ some friends next weekend.
Any recent visits with feedback?

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  1. Hi Vicki99 -

    I'm assuming you mean Vinny's at Night, which is the sit-down 'hidden' restaurant in back of the Superette (which is a great sub shop). You mentioned you only had read the reviews, so hope the following links help - I linked a Chowhound dinner I went to. It's not recent (from March) but it's a first-hand report with pics. We had a great time.

    If you search for "Vinny's at Night" on this board, there's more info!

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    1. if your eating in get there early small place
      nice sanwiches to take out as well

      1. Vinny's at Night gets my vote for best Italian-American restaurant in the Boston area, with a firm emphasis on the Italian half of the Italian-American moniker. It's also one of the few places in town that achieves a level of quality to match its awe-inspiring quantity.

        I've always been really pleased with the chicken marsala with homemade mafalde, but I know any number of people who swear by the pork chop with vinegar peppers.

        By no means dirt-cheap, it's certainly reasonably priced, especially considering again the high quality and large quantity.

        In the past few months, I've dined there with my 22-year-old vegetarian brother-in-law, and I've dined there with my 87-year-old grandma, and it was a hit with both. Vinny's is obviously not much of a secret anymore, but it still feels like a "find".

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        1. re: finlero

          My favorite Italian too - best part for me is the self-serve cold antipasti table, which has a great variety of items that you don't typically find offered anywhere else, at least not the sum of its parts. It's a great way to nosh through with the first sips of wine and an incredible value (will allow sharing of one plate).

        2. It is funny because I have heard many good things on this board about Vinny's at Night but growing up and living in Somerville I ate there many times and was underwhelmed. Even the subs from the suprette I found to be just okay but not as good as say Victor's in Ball Square or Bob's in Medford.

          I have actually had a few good meals at his nephew's place Lil' Vinny's and choosing between the two would probably go there.

          Maybe it is just me but I have given it quite a few tries (probably 8-10) over the years and never had anything that blew me away.

          1. I think the charm of Vinny's is its "It is what it is" quality: completely unimpressed with itself or you, serving up heaping plates of Sicilian-American food that's very, very good for pretty short money. The simple setting and no-BS service are a big part of the appeal for me. Excellent special antipasto, huge plates of pasta, decent seafood, lotsa gahlic, cheap-assed wines.

            I don't expect to be blown away, but it's got a great convivial vibe to it, and it's very consistent in its modest way. I think it has lost its hidden-jewel status, gotten enough attention that waits can be a pain, especially on weekends, so I try to go early in the week now. I'm in the camp that thinks Lil Vinny's, while nicer-looking, doesn't quite equal the original for food.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Inre Lil Vinny's, perhaps it doesn;t 'quite' equal but it's very, very close. In fact, I prefer Lil Vinny's homemade fusilli, which is killer at both establishments.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                And to be fair, I haven't eaten at Lil Vinny's in at least two years. I'm assuming it stays pretty much exactly the same, but I shouldn't make those comparisons without more recent experiences to base them on.

                1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                  MC - it's pretty much the same as you recalled it. I like Lil Vinny's a lot for the food, but also for the generosity of spirit displayed by propietor Vinny Migliore. Either way (Vinny's at Night or Lil Vinny's), you can't go wrong.