Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine Offers Memorable Dining Experiences
Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Ryan Woodall
Mitch Wyatt, manager of Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine, says the Zionsville community’s patronage has made the restaurant a great success.
Convivio co-owners, Andrea Melani and Emilio Cento, officially opened the establishment on Jan. 23, 2018 and have been very pleased with the guests who have become regulars.
“The Zionsville community has been very supportive, and we have a fair amount of familiar faces that we have become great friends with,” Wyatt says. “However, we are also trying to get more involved in the community moving forward, and we hope to partake in more events, etc., the rest of the year.”
In the meantime, the community has welcomed Convivio with welcome arms.
“Our two most popular pastas in terms of number are our Tagliatelle al Convivio (a fresh red bell pepper-infused tagliatelle tossed in a zesty red bell pepper cream sauce, chicken, and Parmiggiano cheese), and the Rigatoni Funghi Salsiccia (fresh rigatoni, wild mushrooms, goat cheese, sausage, seared pancetta, and Parmiggiano cheese in a cream sauce),” Wyatt says.
Other great meals include the Cassarecce alla Genovese, a small twisted pasta tossed in a basil pesto sauce with roasted tomatoes and shrimp; the Barbatelle, a fresh beet-infused tagliatelle with figs, prosciutto, goat cheese, caramelized onions, butter and red wine; and the Spaghetti al Nero, a squid ink-infused spaghetti, sundried tomatoes, shrimp, crab, and lobster in a cream sauce.
Entrees include the Veal Saltimbocca, a sautéed veal scaloppine with sage and prosciutto in a light butter wine sauce; the Chicken Pizzaiola, a chicken breast topped with hearty tomato caper sauce and Fontina cheese.
A wide variety of pizzas are also available.
“I truly mean it when I tell guests you cannot go wrong on our menu, as I frequently work my way through it myself whenever I need a meal at the restaurant,” Wyatt says. “But I personally love the Puttanesca (fresh tonnarelli, spicy tomato sauce, garlic, Kalamata olives, capers, and Parmiggiano cheese).”
Wyatt noted that the chefs like to get creative with the menu.
“Every evening our chefs put together a few lovely dishes to spice up the menu for our guests,” Wyatt says. “A lot of the dishes they create are traditional Italian with a creative twist. They just recently created a coffee-infused pasta that became an amazing pasta dish!”
The drink menu is also outstanding.
“In terms of drinks, we have a phenomenal wine list with an amazing variety of 80-plus wines, with a multitude of Italian options, so that all wine lovers can find something they will enjoy,” Wyatt says. “For cocktails, we are just now introducing a new cocktail list featuring many cocktails using Luxardo products, which is a family-owned Italian liquor company.”
Melani and Cento’s attention to detail has greatly enhanced the restaurant.
“I think the true secret behind the success of our concept is the passion that our owners have for their craft, and that trickles down to our management team and staff throughout the restaurant,” Wyatt says. “We are focused on giving our guests an artisan Italian cuisine at the same time as enjoying an experience with family/friends or whoever they are dining with. I think the attention to detail with our dishes and service are the result of how passionate we are about the product we serve.”
Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine is located at 40 S. Main St. For more information, visit convivioindy.com or call them at 317-733-3600.