The great thing about living in Somerville is that we are a city of immigrants. East Somerville is a great neighborhood where one can observe the immigrant presence in our city. This is reflected in the choice of eateries that our neighborhood has to offer. Vinny’s is one of these restaurants and it represents one of the earlier immigrant groups that came to our city. For years Vinny’s has been serving Italian-American and Sicilian classics to residents from Somerville and the surrounding communities. The restaurant offers counter service for breakfast and lunch as well as sit-down service at night. For dinner the lights are dimmed and Vinny’s at Night becomes a place for a romantic date or intimate dinner with friends or family.
Although you can never go wrong with any of the pasta options at Vinny’s, on our most recent visit my fiancee and I wanted to try some of the options listed on the “Vinny’s Dinner Specials”. I ordered the Sicilian Rabbit and my fiancee ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana with the house-made fusili. The wine list offers an array of Italian options and a small selection from other countries. We chose a bottle of Nero d’Avola from Sicily. Service is casual but attentive and small touches like the bread basket with butter and extra virgin olive oil are spot on with the bread perfectly warm to help open up your appetite.
Our meal was greatly executed. The rabbit was braised to perfection, with the meat falling off the bone. The side of roasted vegetables and potatoes had a depth of flavor that was telling of the long cooking process. Vinny’s Eggplant Parmigiana is a generous portion or eggplant cut lengthwise and perfectly breaded and layered. The impressive dish is complimented well by the hand made fusili with Vinny’s marinara. Not only is the food great but the ambiance is one of the draws that keeps Vinny’s as a mainstay with long term Somerville residents and new arrivals alike.
It is great to see how Vinny’s is well liked by Somervillians not only for their great food but also for their connection with the community. On April 26, 2018, Vinny’s is joining seven other Somerville restaurants owned by immigrants in supporting The Welcome Project by serving food at the annual event YUM: A Taste of Immigrant Somerville at Armory on Highland Avenue. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great event, you can purchase your tickets online by clicking here.
To see all the restaurants that will be featured in this years’ YUM event please click here.
Vinny’s is located on 76 Broadway in East Somerville. You can check out their menu and hours of operation by going to www.vinnysatnight.com