867 Boylston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.348501 -71.083201
A favorite of area families and hungry tourists, delivering gargantuan portions of straightforward Italian fare in kitschy environs. – The Scene
So long as there are families in search of kid-approved Italian fare served family style, Vinny T's will remain profitable. Few patrons look up from their troughs of pasta to notice the faux Italian decor (checkered tablecloths, pictures of Italian-Americans icons like Frank Sinatra). Solo diners, a rare sight because of portion sizes, flock to the hospitable bar area where there's always a game on the TV. Pleasant servers try to maintain straight faces when delivering laughably large pasta platters.
As one might expect, the restaurant sacrifices quality in favor of quantity--expect too much pasta, not enough meat. Most items are available in two misleadingly titled sizes: "per uno" (enough for two people) and "per due" (enough for four). While decent steaks and chops are offered, most everyone wisely sticks with pasta dishes like lemony chicken piccata and rich lasagna. Desserts--try the creamy, reasonably authentic spumoni--are equally humongous.
Will never go there again. – 7 of us went there for the marathon yesterday. I've never seen such a group of rude people before. 1st, they want to charge us $50 per person to sit on the patio. It's empty, no one is there. Then we are inside at the bar, and the front runners go by, so we walk out onto that patio to cheer them on. I hear Jose the manager, and another employee flipping out that they should charge us $35 dollars to walk out there and that the patio will go over capacity. Again the place is still empty. 1/2 the poeple out on patio are workers. So, we left and went on to another place up the street. Spent about $1K total there for the rest of the day. They charged zero to get out on the patio. I will never go to Vinny T's again.
they're too proud of their homemade pasta to provide whole wheat substitute – love their rhode island calamari -- they do it w/a bit of sauce (it's slightly moist instead of fried dry) w/pickled chili peppers.
other than that, dishes are ordinary. had a little bit of a problem that they are too proud of their handmade pasta to offer whole wheat substitute. would still patronize when the stars align, but definitely not a crazed fan.
p.s. i heard they used to have lucky drawings and my colleague once won a free dinner. don't know if they still have that going on.
I called to order takeout and the man who answered told me they didn't offer takeout. When I asked why it said online that they offered takeout he took my order. When I showed up to pick up my food 35 minutes later, he hadn't even put my order in. When he turned around to put it in, I asked if he had ordered my food and he said yes, when I asked again, he said no and laughed in my face.
Don't bother ordering takeout, because it obviously isn't a priority for them.
Consistently good – This place always leaves you satisfied. The RI style Calamari is fantastic as is the Fried Mozarella. The Warm Tomato/Spinach/Goat Cheese Salad always hits the spot on a cold evening. The Chicken Marsala is the best I have ever had especially the day after as a leftover. Finish it off with a Chocolate Bomba, a piece of Chocolate Cake in a vanilla creme anglaise and they will have to take you out of there in a wheel borrow, but as one happy camper. The portions are generous to say the least. There are few better places to go out to eat with a large group in Boston, bar none.
Picky Italian eater – I was impressed the first time I went, that I went the next night with a cleints that they could not believehow everything was, how friendly the staff were and the portion and priced. Awesone experience
overall good experience – As tourists to Boston in June, 2005, we tried as many restaurants as we could during our four day stay to the the Back Bay area for a medical conference. We also had our 4 year old twins in tow, so we were able to test the "family friendliness" of each place we dined. They were extremely friendly and accomodating at Vinny T's. The food was very good, but not the best we had on our trip.
Great group menus – We went here to celebrate a birthday party and they have a wonderful group dining menu that gives you 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts. Desserts are so good and there are so many to choose from. For appetizers, definitely get the fried calamari and the fried mozzarela.
Are You Hungry? – Vinny T's is definitely the place for Italian - especially if you are very hungry. The portions are huge (unnecessarily huge?) Nonetheless, the food was good, and you certainly leave ht eplace filled and satisfied. A good deal financially! Make a reservation (or if you are visiting, have your hotel concierge make one for you - it eliminates wait time).
Great food for a great deal! – Well I heard the portions were huge here and that was no joke. You could feed a family of four with some of the dishes. We had a great waiter who helped us with our selection and we departed the restaurant full and satisfied with food to spare. The food was delicious and the endless supply of bread and olive oil was excellent. I'll definately rate this place as a 10.
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