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Vinny's at Night: half price dinner entrees, limited time

Madrid Feb 1, 2011 05:13 AM

I live in the same Somerville neighborhood and noticed a sign on the door: half price dinner entrees Mon and Tues from 4:30 to 10 and on Sun. 2 to 8. I think this runs through President's Day. I tired it last night and they are definitely not skimping on portions: the pork chop is has huge as ever. Like everybody else, they are hurt by the snow. They have a full bar now...if you haven't been in a while.

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    treb Feb 1, 2011 07:30 AM

    The past few times I went the chow was barely average, I also noticed the entree prices took a good jump and the place was nearly empty. Maybe it backfired on them.

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    1. re: treb
      Madrid Feb 1, 2011 08:00 AM

      yes, after all the publicity, the prices went up. But that was at least a couple of years ago. I go every once in a while and see no change in the food quality over the nine years I've been going. Never saw it as great dining, but a charming neighborhood hole-in-the-wall if you like that kind of Sicilian-American. The pork chop is good! The mesclun salad always nice. The Sunday and Monday dinner openings are fairly recent.

    2. Bob MacAdoo Feb 1, 2011 09:37 AM

      Dear Lord, no, please not the 1/2 price death knell ... they must be really hurting. It's a pity, because that's some great chow, both from the counter and the kitchen. I was in there for a sit-down lunch a few months back and had some homemade fusilli with a simple sauce. Mama mia, that was nice. Their sammys are righteous too.

      Anybody know if Lil' Vinny's is doing OK?

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      1. re: Bob MacAdoo
        Bob Dobalina Feb 1, 2011 09:48 AM

        L'il Vinny's thought we had come in due to a Groupon about a month ago. I still prefer Vinny's at Night. Another problem - lots of folks diet in January - that crazy NY resolution business.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina
          Madrid Feb 1, 2011 11:37 AM

          also I think it's even harder to park in East Somerville with all the snow than elsewhere. And they have to be losing neighborhood walk in traffic as well, since the sidewalks around here are hugely treacherous...landlords not shoveling...

          1. re: Madrid
            itaunas Feb 2, 2011 04:29 AM

            I know that Rodizio on the other side of Broadway was offering a really inexpensive all-you-can eat grilled meat with coupon ($7.99) eat-in only so I think a lot of the businesses around there are affected. If I can confirm they are still doing it and/or locate an online source for the coupon, I'll post it in the February deals section, but for those in the neighborhood it might be worth picking up a copy of the Brazilian Times or Metropolitan News (or maybe ta na mao classificados) in a Brazilian store to see if you can find the coupon (it will be in Portuguese not english, but "a vontage" essentially means as much as you want). Also keep in mind that there are several ethnic restaurants which deliver: Oasis, Rodizio & maybe Mix for Brazilian -- ask what options you have there should be a plate of the day or marmitex for around $10 delivered, Montecristo for Salvadoran, Zoe's and Wang's (Chili Garden & Wonder Taste for Medford).

            Wonder Taste
            38 Salem St, Medford, MA

            Montecristo Restaurant
            146 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

            1. re: itaunas
              The Chowhound Team Feb 4, 2011 10:35 AM

              We split an interesting tangent about Cantonese Restaurants off to its own thread so more people would see it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764023

        2. re: Bob MacAdoo
          treb Feb 3, 2011 06:52 AM

          I'll tell'ya their sauce is killer, a great old school version. I can't imagine them going, they own the building, and those pay-to-play food shows don't do any good. Just look at Rino's after DD&D, 3 hr wait at 5pm, are you kidding?

        3. ebone Feb 15, 2011 07:07 AM

          Is this deal still going? Has anyone been lately?

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          1. re: ebone
            Madrid Feb 15, 2011 07:26 AM

            the sign on the door indicates it's on through the end of the month.

            1. re: Madrid
              ebone Feb 16, 2011 12:44 PM

              Holidays are excluded though FYI, in case anyone was thinking of going President's day.

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