During a recent visit to Central Indiana, friends took us to an Italian restaurant not far from their home in Carmel. If you’re looking for a taste of Tuscany, Convivio, is the place to go. Located in a strip center, (What restaurant isn’t these days?) Convivio has an open airy feeling with high ceilings and tables that are far enough away from each other so that you do not have to yell to have a conversation with your dining companions. Upon arrival, were promptly seated and our drink orders were taken. Our drinks arrived along with an order of warm focaccia and olive oil with tomato and herbs for dipping.
The menu covers all the bases, including veal, beef, chicken, and pasta dishes along with a variety of pizzas that you will not find and your local pizzeria. The house caesar salad has just the right amount of dressing with the right number of croutons. Anchovies, which are available upon request were flavorful and not oily. Two of us had the Tonnarelli alla Puttanesca, which came in a spicy tomato sauce. The dish had just the right amount of heat and saltiness from the capers. Special orders can be accommodated as one of our party requested the shrimp prepared in a garlic butter sauce, scampi style. The shrimp were large and cooked well. The other person had the Tagliatelle el Convivo. All the pastas came out al dente with just the right amount of chew.
Dinner was capped off by the four us splitting an order of homemade Tiramisu which was a perfect end to a wonderful meal. Our server, Kathy, was excellent. She explained each dish and attended to our needs without seeming to hover. Dinner for four people with two adult beverages was $131.00. I would highly recommend Convivio for dinner with friends or that special occasion.
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