Lil' Vinny's Gets Into the Lunch Game

Lil' Vinny's Photo: Lil' Vinny's

Here at Grub Street, we're big fans of the Somerville Vinnys Vinny's at Night, which figured prominently in our pasta slideshow, and the slightly more upscale Lil' Vinny's. Both places sling killer red sauce; both places attract patrons who are spicier than fra diavlo; and the parking situation is way better than anything in the North End. Today we got word that Lil' Vinny's now serves lunch Wednesday through Saturday. On the menu: paninis, chicken marsala, house-made pastas, veal and meatball parmigiana, and a "Sloppy Joey" involving house-made bolognese, pancetta, and fontina. Our only woe? Lil' Vinny's is deep in the heart of Somerville, not exactly a nine-to-fivers' paradise, which is really part of the charm. So we plan to carbo-fix on Saturday. They're open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.