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Aug 20, 2007 11:37 AM

Vagabondo to close; anywhere else for homestyle Italian in Calgary?

I recently learned that Vagabondo restaurant on Edmonton Trail will be closing for good as of December 1, 2007. It seems the owners are retiring, and have chosen to close the place. This is a bit sad as it is a favourite of mine. If you've never been, and you enjoy unpretentious Italian food that tastes like it came from Mama's kitchen, give it a try before it closes forever. They re-open on September 4, following the annual summer holiday closure.

I was wondering if anyone can suggest an alternative. I'm looking for a Mom-and-Pop type of place, with good prices and simple, tasty Italian food.

We've tried Buon Giorno, and found it to be average. La Brezza was OK, but the service and the space were not. La Dolce Vita is good, but it seems like it is always a fixed price menu there these days, and the prices are too high.

We may just start trying all of the Italian places on Edmonton Trail and Centre Street. Maybe the owners can even suggest an alternative for us.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Namskar Restaurant
2404 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

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  1. Mamma's Restaurant (308 - 16 Avenue NW) might fit the bill. I find that it is very homey food (but I haven't been there for awhile). It's also in the right neighborhood.

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    1. re: Zydeco_Mama

      Oh yeah, I forgot about that place. We used to go there years and years ago. Maybe it's time to revisit.


      1. re: feuerzeug

        I was thinking that it's time for a revisit - I'd forgotten about until reading your post!

    2. Lina's Italian Market! Better than Mama's (well, my mama).

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      1. re: John Manzo

        John, I definitely love Lina's, but can you suggest anywhere that's more like a traditional restaurant? I'm thinking wine, candles, pasta platter for 2...

        Damn, I'm going to miss that Vagabond pasta platter. 15 bucks per person, a choice of 3 pastas, and enough leftovers for 2 days!

        1. re: feuerzeug

          Although I have never eaten there I gather Sandro might fit the bill.

          1. re: feuerzeug

            Have you tried Antolino's? On 17th where The Arden once was.

        2. vagobondo has always been a family favorite over the years, but the last time we were there in July, the food was absolutely terrible. The salad greens were soggy and wilted, the meats overdone, the fish quite "fishy", and the pastas were underseasoned. WE were all surprised and disappointed. The only good thing was the bruschetta. I would also like to find an alternative!

          1. Da Guido on Centre Street used to be very good, but I haven't been there in a couple of years.

            1. Just thought of another homey style Italian restaurant. Jenny's at 8-727 33 Street NE. It's hidden in a strip mall and is not exactly in the area you're looking at, but it's not that far. The pastas are all home made.