Vinny's Ristorante

East Somerville

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In a Nutshell

No-frills Italian eatery tucked behind convenience store dishes out handmade pastas with specialty marinara sauce.

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Promotional value expires Nov 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A blank culinary slate, uncut pasta dough has the potential to become spaghetti, linguini, or a life-size decoy of the chef while he takes an extended lunch break. Slurp up handmade noodles with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $20 for $40 worth of Italian fare, valid for dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • $25 for $50 worth of Italian fare, valid for dinner Sunday–Thursday
  • $35 for $70 worth of Italian fare, valid for dinner for groups of four or more Sunday–Thursday

The dinner menu showcases calamari salad ($10.95), eggplant parmigiana ($16.95), sicilian rabbit in sweet red vinegar sauce ($17.95), and house-made pastas such as gnocchi ($11.95), lasagna ($14.95), and spinach or cheese ravioli ($12.95).

Vinny's Ristorante

Vinny's Ristorante encapsulates the notion of a hidden gem—upon arrival at the address, customers often first think they're lost, as it appears they're mistakenly at a convenience store. The Italian eatery is tucked in the back of this store, so once customers spot red-checkered tablecloths, along with "the vaguely Sopranos-esque clientele sucking down pasta fazool," it's clear they've made it.

Boston magazine reviewers—who observed the Tony Soprano lookalikes when they deemed Vinny's worthy of the Best of Boston list for affordable Italian in 2006—highlight the restaurant's antipasto bar and "massive" portions of handmade pasta as the major draws. And although the word's been out for some time about this secluded Sicilian hotspot, Vinny's marinara and handmade mafalda noodles, impressive Zagat rating, and ceiling fans modeled after da Vinci's helicopter blueprints continue to captivate loyal regulars.

Customer Reviews

what a pleasant surprise that such a great restaurant is in back of a convience/sub store. the food was great and the service was terrific
Carol H. · December 7, 2016
Food is great.Would a good for a date also if you live in area. Gets crowded early.wine selection if very good.
Diane P. · January 19, 2013
I'd definitely go again.
Patty K. · January 10, 2013

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