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Who needs Babbo when there's Convivio?


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Who needs Babbo when there's Convivio?

rrems | | Aug 1, 2008 05:21 AM

Tried Convivio last night, and was very impressed with this new incarnation of L'Impero. Aside from the redecoration and reduction in the price of the 4-course prix-fixe from $64 to $59, the menu has been expanded significantly. There are now about twice as many pasta choices, and a new category, Sfizi, or snacks, has been added. Everything can still be ordered a la carte, but the prix-fixe is a great deal. I find the food to be similar in style to Babbo, and of at least as high quality, but though the restaurant was filled there is no difficulty reserving on short notice. Dishes we ordered: Octupus with tomato and polenta, squab (a daily special), orecchiette with tripe, a pasta with a goat ragu, porchetta (stuffed suckling pig with cracklings, aniother special), bistecca with tomato and parmesan, ricotta fritta (sweet fritters with 2 dipping sauces), and a selection of gelati. The desserts were good but not great. Everything else was absolutely superb. There is so much fuss over Babbo on this board, and agonizing over getting a reservation, and I really think it is overhyped and not worth all the bother. For anyone who cares more about great food in a nice atmosphere and doesn't care about celebrity chefs, Convivio is a great choice.