If you have been following the food restaurant news for the last few months, you may have heard that Convivio (along with Alto) closed suddenly to the dismay of many fans. Chef Michael White used to head this wonderful restaurant. But his divorce from his restaurateur, Chris Cannon, left a split in the empire. Some places seemed to suffer while others flourished. Unknowingly, this was my last meal at my favorite of the White-Cannon babies: Convivio.
I dined with Yvo of the Feisty Foodie, along with CT and KC. In the past, the prix fixe included 4 course from any section of the menu. Yes, you could have 4 apps, 4 entrees, 4 sfizi, 2 primi or a mix of them. I can't remember if dessert was mandatory or not. However, I do remember being elated with this menu and had poured my praise about it to many friends. Unfortunately, on this final night, the waiter informed us that we must order and appetizer, a primi, an entree, and dessert. Sfizi would be extra. This completely bummed me out and also messed up our original orders. But we persevered hoping to be redeemed with wonderful food.
CT started with the octopus which she found tender and well cooked.
KC had the meatballs and mushrooms. The meatballs were tender and pretty flavorful.
Overall, Convivio had many hits and misses. The general feeling was that the food was just okay. The service has definitely gone downhill since. But none of this matters because it's closed now. Sigh. I remember how wonderful this place used to be. It was my #1 place to recommend to people. Now, as my last meal is digested, I look back and think that this meal did it no justice.
45 Tudor City Place
New York, NY 10017