Convivio–My Favorite Italian Restaurant in Indy

The time when Antonio Carluccio & Gualtiero Marchesi had Neptune for dinner …

I’m not going to lie. I don’t eat a lot of pasta. Not because I don’t like it, but because I’ve been conditioned (like many Americans) to think it’s “bad” for the waistline, etc. BUT. Eaten in CORRECTLY-sized portions, pasta is lovely. And this dish was lovely. Just a few ounces of house-made semolina-flour pasta, and tons of shellfish and spice came together to make this stellar frutti di mare from one of my top five local restaurants, Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine.

PICTURED—Gamberoni: jumbo shrimp sautéed with fresh tomatoes in a sambuca and brandy cream sauce; Clasico calzone: filled with prosciutto cotto mozzarella, and mascarpone; frutti di mare: fresh Tonnarelli pasta tossed in a light spicy tomato sauce with mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops; and a happy family ; )

About the restaurant … opinions are just that, but, without a doubt Convivio is one of my favorite places to eat Italian food in the Midwest. Whether you crave something hearty and rich like a traditional bolognese sauce with fresh tagliatelle or something sinfully delicious like the gnocchi with shiitake, oyster, woodear, and porcini mushrooms in a marsala cream sauce or even something light like the a pizza with a lemon cream sauce, mozzarella, capers, smoked salmon, parmesan, dill garnish … what ever your craving, they have you covered!! And the wine list is excellent, plus they offer two sizes (6oz or 9oz) pours. Dante would be so proud!

Bottom line: if you want a restaurant that will satisfy multiple discerning palates (pescatarians, carnivores, vegetarians), then you need to try Convivio. Check out their menu, and let me know if you go. I’d love to hear what you think. And done perfectly at that. And the next time I go … I’ll order the spaghetti al nero: squid ink-infused spaghetti, sundried tomatoes, shrimp, crab and lobster in a lobster cream sauce.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … how to poach salmon and flatbread with crème fraîche and lox.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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