There’s no better way to work off your pasta — while eating your pasta! — than with a round of bocce in the casual dining room of Il Vagabondo. An Upper East Side staple since 1968, the restaurant offers the sort of old-school Italian-American menu you see a lot of, but it’s also home to one of the only indoor bocce courts in all of New York City. You may see a famous face or two — Jake LaMotta, Emeril Lagasse, and Bill Cosby have long frequented the spot. The indoor court, made from clay as opposed to the traditional crushed shells or stone, stretches next to a smattering of tables covered with (of course) red-and-white-checkered cloths — affording diners the option of joining in or enjoying a side of entertainment with their fresh-made gnocchi or veal parmigiana.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014