Lil’ Vinnie’s is a comfortable little Italian place that features family recipes. Also from the owner of the nearby DaVinci’s Pizza, Vinnie’s is an old world, slightly rustic, and romantic view of Italian family dining. The signature dish, a fat meatball served alongside a rich dollop of ricotta, is enough to make the mouth water. Weekly specials—Mondays: $8 large cheese pizza; Tuesdays: all-you-can-eat lasagna for $9.99.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

Few of the world’s cuisines inspire romance like the cooking of Italy. Whether it’s nostalgia for Mama and her one of a kind spaghetti, memories of candle-lit dates with Chianti in straw-wrapped bottles or a celluloid vision of feasts with La Famiglia in New York or New Jersey, Italian food always brings a romantic view of life. Sadly, this classic cuisine also suffers a lot of indignities at the hands of chain restaurants and pasta in cans. So it comes as a big relief to know where to find a family owned restaurant like Lil’ Vinnie’s.

Located in the Old City, Lil’ Vinnie’s is the very picture of classic Italian dining. The restaurant is intimate with the kind of romantic atmosphere that helps first dates turn into second ones and gives special occasions the extra touch that makes them memorable.

But the real memory maker at Lil’ Vinnie’s is the beauty that comes on the plate. Almost everything that comes out of this kitchen arrives with a personal history. Owner Duane Carleo grew up in North Jersey in a traditional Italian-American home, and the recipes that he uses come straight from the family cookbook. In keeping with that tradition, food here is fresh and made to order. You won’t find a better Vodka Sauce anywhere, and the made-from-scratch Tiramisu is an unrivaled taste of paradise. Chef Brian Kidd brings over 25 years of experience to the table; when you combine that with generations of Carleo family cooking, you’ve got a meal made in heaven.

The menu features all sorts of well-executed traditional fare, from classic bruschetta and Mussels Marinara to ravioli, penne, piccata, and more. And you mustn’t miss Lil’ Vinnie’s signature dish: a tender and amazingly tasty meatball served with a dollop of ricotta on top.

If your family is made up of serious eaters, you won’t want to miss out on Lil’ Vinnie’s Tuesday night special. It’s an all-you-can-eat lasagna event for only $9.99. And this isn’t some flat, dried-out slab of chewy pasta—Vinnie’s lasagna is a rich casserole of cheese and deeply flavored red sauce that visits your food dreams and creates cravings for more.

Italian food is easy to love all by itself, but a little wine goes a long way to making a meal into a feast. And that’s easy to do on Wednesdays when the restaurant offers half-priced bottles of wine.

It’s not easy to get to New York, and it’s harder still to get to the Old Country to satisfy your longings for classic, hand-made, and delicious Italian food. But it’s not hard to make your way to the Old City where you can assuage all your pasta longings at Lil Vinnie’s.

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Tuesday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Saturday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Tuesday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Saturday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.

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