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Vinny's Superette- Somerville

Vicki99 Sep 20, 2007 07:18 PM

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

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    ShelT54 Oct 1, 2007 06:07 PM

    It's good but Lil Vinnys in Somerville is better atmosphere and food.

    1. galangatron Sep 30, 2007 07:57 PM

      went a few weeks ago. had the double thick pork chop and homemade fusilli. delicious. anyone had the rabbit?

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        yumyum Oct 1, 2007 09:55 AM

        I've had the rabbit. Delicous! They are still BYO, right?

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          Bob Dobalina Oct 1, 2007 11:18 AM

          BYO bunny?! ;)

          Not BYO - they have beer and wine - wine list is decent, slanted heavily toward Italian.

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            StriperGuy Oct 1, 2007 03:45 PM

            BYO bunny, that would be cool.

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            galangatron Oct 1, 2007 01:30 PM

            thanks. definately try it the next time i go

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              yumyum Oct 1, 2007 01:45 PM

              As with all rabbit dishes, beware of small bones. But the Vinny's version I had is a hunter-style stew with tomatoes, briny olives and lots of garlic. I hope that's still the recipe they are using, because it was really perfect and you don't see a lot of rabbit on local menus.

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                galangatron Oct 1, 2007 01:53 PM

                hmm. don't think so. the description said rabbit in a red wine sauce. hope it's good too

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          Vicki99 Sep 30, 2007 07:31 PM

          Thank-you all for your feedback.Loved Vinny's at Night.
          We went there on Saturday and had a delicious meal and lots of fun. Lively place.
          I had the beef braciole over the homemade mafalde pasta and my husband
          that the seafood extravaganza over fuselli. Ton of seafood in his entree. We both took a home left overs.Great service..good bread..nice wine list..all reasonably priced. Far better than most restaurants in North End!!.

          1. MC Slim JB Sep 21, 2007 07:19 AM

            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
              Bob MacAdoo Sep 21, 2007 07:48 AM

              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
                MC Slim JB Sep 21, 2007 12:43 PM

                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.

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                  Bob MacAdoo Sep 21, 2007 12:57 PM

                  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.

              2. TomH Sep 21, 2007 06:39 AM

                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. finlero Sep 20, 2007 08:53 PM

                  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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                    Bob Dobalina Sep 21, 2007 06:16 AM

                    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).

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                    foodperv Sep 20, 2007 08:19 PM

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

                    1. Rubee Sep 20, 2007 08:18 PM

                      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 Boston.com 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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                        9lives Sep 21, 2007 07:01 AM

                        Here's an updated link to the pics..great time


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