Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon to Vinny’s Ristorante in Somerville. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian dinner fare and nonalcoholic drinks.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of Italian dinner fare and nonalcoholic drinks for a party of four or more.
Vinny’s culinary crew forges authentic Italian dishes sourced from fresh ingredients to fill an intimately lit dining room with a bouquet of enticing aromas. Exercise macerators on a heaping bowl of littleneck clams swathed in a white-wine, garlic, and olive-oil sauce ($12.95) before slicing into veal dishes such as veal parmigiana topped with mozzarella and marinara sauce ($18.95). Freshly cranked-out pasta includes corkscrew fusilli and pasta al forno, an edible Italian skyscraper layered with pasta, cheese, and an array of veggies that draws instinctively protective looks from scarecrows ($14.95). Vinny’s specials feature a lineup of slow-cooked sicilian rabbit in a sweet red-vinegar sauce ($16.95), and diners at checkered tables can round out meals and break tentative promises to the Tooth Fairy with bites of desserts including homemade tiramisu ($9.95).
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.
Somerville, Massachusetts 02145Get Directions