Find Sicilian specialties at the back of Vinny’s Suprette

Littleneck clams with garlic and olive oil over linguine.
Littleneck clams with garlic and olive oil (top) over linguine.photos by Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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Vinny’s Suprette is like any convenience store. But 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.

It is just the place for a leisurely midday meal. You’ll see businesspeople with clients, and Italian-American regulars. But more than anything, Vinny’s is a family restaurant, and when you take out-of-towners here for lunch, they feel let in on a local secret. This food can go up against the best red sauce places in the North End, and you avoid those tourist trap prices.

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