An intimate connection with Italian food and culture. According to owners Andrea Melani and Emilio Centro, this is the goal for every visit to their authentic Italian restaurant Convivio in Carmel, Indiana.
Nestled in a cozy corner of Carmel, Indiana, Convivio boasts more than just their outdoor bocce ball court, welcoming bar, and delicious food. Melani and Centro boast authenticity, each learning from their Italian roots. Melani was born and raised in Riomaggiore, Italy and grew up in a restaurant family. He learned all about traditional Italian food, but he eventually landed himself in central Indiana as he followed love. Centro is a second-generation American with family from Roccaforte, Italy, but he grew up helping his father and grandfather at their restaurant Napoli Villa in Beech Grove, Indiana. Each with a rich background of Italian culture and restaurant experience, the pair joined efforts in 2015 to begin the concept of Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine.
Now, the pair is dedicated to creating all pasta and pizza dough from scratch daily. You can enjoy lunch or dinner with beet, spinach or red pepper pasta, then take some home by the pound to cook and enjoy at home!
As their Kickstarter campaign states,
“We want our guests to be happy, curious, surprised, and intrigued during their visits. Our artisan cuisine is deeply rooted in the Italian tradition but has an innovative taste for creativity. We are committed to selecting the finest ingredients from identified sources, preserve their natural qualities, and celebrate them with traditional Italian cooking styles.”
The restaurant’s kitchen was designed by Central’s own Scott Ebbert. The design allows for plenty of prep space as well as dedicated room for their Marsal Pizza oven to make their delicious pizzas! The kitchen also boasts Vulcan ovens and True prep tables to keep their operations running smoothly.
Convivio officially opened in November of 2016. Now, delicious foods, great memories, and warm hospitality continue to be the theme of the restaurant. Be sure to check out their menu and if you are in the area, stop in for a visit!
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