Last Saturday night was spent celebrating a friend’s birthday at Vagabondo Italian Ristorante+Lounge (32 Wellington Street East). It’s a really nice looking restaurant in a great area. I was a little uneasy seeing the low rating it has on UrbanSpoon, but I think it’s safe to say we all had a great experience dining here! We were a party of eighteen and had our own room with two tables to seat ten. It made things a little awkward but understandably enough this arrangement was the best that could be done with our party size. Our server was a little put on the spot when we asked for his recommendations, but it was a small hiccup and overall the service was pretty good.
We started the evening with one of the less expensive wines to toast to our celebrant:
white wine from Canada
We then got three (plus one extra) appetizer for our table of eight:
tender rings of flour-dusted squid, deep fried and served with fresh lemon slices and seafood sauce
Our server also initially made a mistake in getting us the deep fried calamari rather than the grilled calamari. When we pointed it out, he apologized and let us keep the fried calamari for free. This was a great starter and I really enjoyed both the sauces it came with.
toasted calabrese baguette brushed with olive oil and topped with marinated tomatoes
This was also really good! I love bruschetta but try not to eat too much of it (and the bread + balsamic vinegar + olive oil before the meal) because it gets me too full before my entree. Since there were eight of us at our table, we split each in half which worked out perfectly. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this dish, but it is a good starter.
an assortment of mild sliced salami, prosciutto and provolone cheese on a bed of spring mix topped with black olives and olive oil
I loved this one! Everything worked well together and this ended up being one of my favourite appetizers of the evening.
CALAMARI ALLA GRIGLIA
grilled tender squid marinated with herbs, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice
Hands down the best appetizer we had at Vagabondo. The calamari was marinated so perfectly and made the salad taste amazing as well. I’m salivating just thinking about it again.
fettucine with chicken strips, fresh garlic, sliced mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes in a rosé sauce
I was admittedly fairly satisfied already before this dish arrived, haha. I really enjoyed this fettuccine and it was pretty much exactly as I thought it would be based on its description. My initial choice had been the Agnolotti Spinaci but I changed my mind last minute and my boyfriend got it instead. I actually thought the Agnolotti Spinaci had more flavour than the Fettuccine Vagabondo, but eating the entire dish actually left a metallic aftertaste in his mouth from all of the spinach, haha.