We had an extraordinary dinner at CONVIVIUM OSTERIA in Park Slope. Thanks to all of you who posted such good suggestions.
The restaurant is lovely, much pprettier and more atmosphere than most of the local places. It is warm, charming and welcoming, with a Mediterranean rustic feel to the rooms. Warm woods, rustic pottery, and burnished copper hanging are an unusual setting for what was to be a memorable dinner.
Placed on the table when we arrived was a rustic bowl of olives bathed in a spicy olive oil great for dipping with the excellent rustic bread.
We perused the extensive wine list and settled on a nice Italian red from the Veneto.
We started with two unusual appetizers:
Watercress salad w/cabrales (Spanish blue cheese) and nuts and
Prosciutto di cingiali (wild boar) which was sweet,salty and luscious on a bed of shaved fennel.
Saving the papardelle w/oxtail ragu for the next time, we had
Pasta crescents with duck served on a bed of radicchio with crisp bits of speck adding a salty crunch for contrast. Bathed in a light porcini cream sauce, this dish was heavenly.
We also had the buttery,tender loin of pork served with chorizo and white cabbage. It was was good, not outstanding.
We shared the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Very nice finish.
After dinner, the owner invited us down to see the wine cellar/dining room. Lovely place to have a gathering for 10 or 12 at the long wooden table.
This place will become one of our favorites, and we will be returning soon. Michèle, the owner says they are planning a special Valentine's Day five course prix fixe dinner....five beautiful courses! I am really looking forward to that!