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Customer Spotlight: Convivio

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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Maggiano’s Little Italy

The Guest Writer Blog Series is a weekly portion of the Central Blog. Each month we get insight from those in the company about events, experiences, food and more.  Continuing on from August into September, we continue to look into our staff’s memorable or extraordinary dining experiences from around the country.

Denise Dixon, who works in Central’s warehouse, visits Maggiano’s (Little Italy) Indianapolis location about three times a year.  They were OpenTable.com’s Diners’ Choice Winner for 2009.

Maggiano’s is open for lunch and dinner and is great for any party size.

“I’ve seen both groups and couples there,” Dixon says. “It’s good for all groups.”

For parties of four or more, they offer family style dining.

Maggiano’s menu has a selection of soups, salads, pastas, chicken, seafood, veal, beef and pork with the average price ranging from $12 to $20 per person.

They also have a variety of desserts from N.Y. Style Cheesecake and Crème Brulee to Chocolate Zuccotto Cake and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ranging from $3.50 to $9.95.

When Dixon visits Maggiano’s, she usually has “Mom’s Lasagna,” which comes in both marinara and meat sauce.  This lasagna is made of pasta sheets layered with Ricotta cheese, crumbled meatballs, Italian sausage and marinara.  It’s topped with Provolone cheese and your sauce of choice (meat or marinara).

“Everything is great from start to finish, food and service,” Dixon says.

Dixon describes the environment as very comfortable.

“It’s kind of elegant, but relaxing.”

Maggiano’s also brings their atmosphere and food to any location with carryout and delivery.

“Our philosophy is a simple one,” their website says. “When you don’t come to our place, we bring the best of everything to yours and set it all up for you.  Food. Plates. Utensils. Everything. The only thing you need to do is enjoy a fresh-made Italian feast with family, friends or co-workers.”

For those who have never been, Dixon recommends looking into the current promotion where you can take home another entree at no additional cost.

“We recently introduced an old Italian tradition!” Maggiano’s says on their Facebook page.  “Come in and try one of our ‘Classic Pastas’ and we will send you home with another for tomorrow, compliments of the Chef!”