Hidden away in the dark recesses of a seemingly ordinary convenience store-slash- sub shop is one of the true culinary gems of this town: Vinny’s Ristorante, specializing in Sicilian style cuisine.
I walked by this place for years on my way to Sullivan station without realizing what it was, and this was even after hearing that an elusive Italian restaurant with amazing food existed someplace in this neighborhood. I could post a pic from the inside, but really… that would ruin all the fun. Instead, it would behoove you to see it for yourself.
The restaurant itself isn’t large, but the ambiance is comfortable and date-friendly. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food you will be enjoying, which could easily rival any of the North End restaurants. In addition to several homemade pasta varieties, the menu features some interesting and hard-to-find dishes including ostrich, rabbit and tripe… indeed, there is something to delight (and gross out) just about everyone.
If you’re like me and want nothing to do with unconventional meat dishes, may I recommend the eggplant parmigiana? It is quite possibly the best I’ve ever had. And be sure to order the Arancini ( Sicilian rice balls) appetizer… it’s by far one of the tastiest things on the menu.
DAILY TRIVIA: Somerville was originally part of the old colony of Charlestown, one of the earliest settlements.