Our antipasti was served and it was almost too pretty to eat. Almost. My calamari was piping hot and packed with flavor, with the perfect amount of garlic. The artichoke was stunning and so very tasty. Both of us practically licked our plates clean. We visited with Alexis and learned her sister encouraged her to apply for a job there. Her sister has been on Vigilucci’s staff for ten years. She says they both agree it’s an excellent place to work.
The secondi was presented to us. I opted for Piccata di Vitello al Limone (pan-seared milk-fed veal with capers in a lemon sauce) while Kat went with Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinaci (house-made ricotta and spinach-filled ravioli). The veal was thinly sliced and cooked to perfection, served with a side of spaghetti with garlic and olive with red chili flakes. The vegetables were grilled green beans, carrots and bell peppers wrapped in thin slices of zucchini and then baked. Kat’s ravioli was served with Alexis’ recommendation of a vodka sauce which was divine. All the pasta at Vigilucci’s is house-made.
We visited with Andrea, who gave us tour of the restaurant. Just off the main dining room is a smaller room with a wood-burning oven where their pizzas are cooked. He pointed out to us that both the pizzas and pastas can be made gluten-free. We strolled down a half-level to the outdoor patio, ideal for warmer weather. There are also several themed rooms, including Venice, Florence and Naples that can accommodate groups of various sizes. They offer live music every night, with three musicians rotating nights. Whatever your choices may be for San Diego Restaurant Week, I highly recommend a visit to Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana. They have a total of three San Diego area restaurants, all participants in Restaurant Week. They also have a market offering Italian specialties as well as their amazing pastas. In business for twenty years now, Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana is located at 530 N. Coast Highway 101. Here’s a link to the dinner menu they’re offering.
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