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Find Sicilian specialties at the back of Vinny’s Suprette

Vinny’s Suprette is like any convenience store: shelves of potato chips, dish washing liquid, local papers. Then you notice the meat slicer on the counter, where friendly girls prepare fresh Italian subs and sell slices of Sicilian pizza. At the rear of the store, tables spill out from a metal partition, where the shop ends and Vinny’s Ristorante, a small gem of a Sicilian-American restaurant, comes to life at lunch and dinner.

Vinny’s at Night, as it is also called, is not a new addition to Somerville. In 1984 Suprette owner Vinny Migliore started serving subs, and then lunch, out of his shop. When supermarkets opened on Sundays, Migliore saw mom-and-pop stores like his disappearing. The Sicilian-born shopkeeper decided to take culinary classes at Bunker Hill Community College and transform his family recipes into a new business venture. He’s been serving home-style Sicilian food to locals ever since.

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