Il Convivio always maintains high standards of cuisine, service and wine making it one of the best restaurants in Rome. It is hard to describe the ... More
Convivio Troiani (Il)
Il Convivio always maintains high standards of cuisine, service and wine making it one of the best restaurants in Rome. It is hard to describe the high standard and the variety of seasonal dishes in just a few words. However, meatballs with broccoli and seafood; Aubergine Roulade with cod, grapes and pine kernels; pumpkin flowers with porcini; and pigeon with lentils and Kumquat are examples of the fabulous cuisine. The desserts include cream souffle with almonds and plums flavored with orange accompanied by a hot chocolate sauce or the Semifreddo Zabaglione with balsamic vinegar and warm fruit.
The service was very good but this place is ridiculously overpriced for what you get! While staff was attentive they ran around in fear of doing one thing off. It made it difficult to relax. There was also some sense of pressure to order antipasta. The "wine expert" seemed disappointed when we chose a bottle of wine that was only 45 euros b/c everything was so expensive. Worst part, they give men and woman 2 different menus. My husband took me here for a special last night in Rome. I did not find out until later that his menu had prices and mine did not which is not helpful when you are on a budget. Overall, the staff was nice but placed pressure in a subtle way and the food was overpriced. Some food items were very tasty others not so much. I would not say it is the best place in Rome but not the worse either. Just very overpriced for what you get.
The food here was delicious, and the service was good, if a bit fussy. However, we left feeling disappointed. For this sort of money (98 euro per head for the tasting menu) i would expect not only delicious food, but also a sufficient amount of it to actually feel full by the end of the meal. Food came in very small portions, interspersed with very long gaps (30 mins between some courses). We ate 7 courses, but each course consisted of about 3 forkfuls of food elegantly presented in the middle of an enormous plate. We kept hoping that the next course would contain something more substantial but no. It was only the bread basket that kept the wolf from the door.
The atmosphere was rather stilted. A mixture of business men engaged in competitive wine-buffery, and tourists (such as myself).
If money is not an issue for you, and you like delicate portions and a lengthy wine list, this might be the one for you. But it wasn't for us.
Went there a few days ago, having read many reviews and heard a lot about it - unfortunately it has got to be one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had.
The food was mediocre but the most upsetting aspect has got to be awful service. It was nothing short of inattentive, rude, incredibly slow and let the entire evening down. Since we only a few days in Rome, it is such a shame that we wasted an entire evening eating here!
The value for money, apart from the terrible service was poor - wine list was passable, food sub-standard both from an imagination point of view and taste.
I had to write this as I am frankly amazed that this restaurant has received any stars at all. It has been written in the heat of the moment but hopefully this is the most truthful!
I went to Convivio with my wife for our anniversary tonight - Saturday and I would say, only visit if you want a divorce. It was meant to be a suprise and it certainly was...just not in a good way!
Now, I have been to several Michelen starred restaurants around the world and all have mixed styles but I cannot see any positives from this restaurant.
My ratings (out of 10):
Atmosphere - 0
There were three seperate diners eating alone, not a single Italian, they must know better, and a sprinkling of shocked looking tourists - you work it out!
Service - 6
Good but saying this, they lock you in so you can't run out. Service good but over the top. I don't need four waiters but I suppose there were a lack of customers
Food - 0
0 for me, 10 for people who are happy to pay 40 Euros for a single chopped cherry tomatoe on a cream cracker, i'm not joking. Some other courses did look small but quite nice, but I didn't order them unfortunately.
Wine - 1
Sure, I like fine wine but even the most dedicated wine merchant wouldn't pay 3,000 Euro for a bottle of wine and drink it in this environment. Wine is not for drinking, all for show and expect to pay big money.
Water - 5
Luckily they have a water menu they give you first with 30 different waters on..phew!!! Unfortunately they did not have pure Rocky Mountain Water.. my favourite! I mean this was crazy. Standard perrier is fine thanks.
Felt like we were in a large coffin when the door closed. Very very old fashioned. You can only whisper because of the echos and lack of customers
Frankly disatrous. five v.small courses at 30-40 Euros each x 2 + wine and coffees = 500 Euro.
So, sorry to all the other reviews - this was a disaster and I would encourage anyone to think VERY carefully about this for a romantic/social occassion.
Maybe good for business, but only if they pay!!
(I am not a food or wine professional)
This establisment has very good reputation and it banks on every detail, except perhaps in interior design, which is a bit of a expensive mix and match of no particular art direction, but nothing overwelming or distasteful. The restroom's automated sliding door set the tone of the entire randomnsess of this restaurant in the heart of Rome.
The service is attentive, very prepared, discrete and in a modest way friendly.
The wine service is a bit overdone, but I guess it is in respect of bottles that varies from 70 euros to 3000 euros. The list is overwelming.
The Grand Menu, at the price of 98 euros, is spectacular. The numerous courses are delicately presented and timely served. The high note for my experience was the Cocoa Ravioli filled with ox tail purea. The dessert, chocolate mousse with candied ginger and pistachio ice cream, was a great finale.
The bill was about 200 euros per person.
I am sorry but I must totally disagree with the other posts. Although in the minority I would urge people to read this before you go. This is not a rant but a true opinion as many sites have really promoted this restaurant, which screams a PR job now I have been. This restaurant is NOT good value for money at all + the decor is shocking and not romantic (you sit about 2ms from your partner). On walking in, it is like a funeral palour, there is no background music of any sort and very little atmosphere (we went at 9.30pm on a Saturday night and it was uncomfortable). When I was there three (all english) couples complained about various things (mainly everyone was in shock at the prices - dont expect to pay less than EUR 35 for ANY course, we got away very lightly at EUR 245 for two with no deserts or coffee and one bottle of wine). True, the service is good, yet totally over done. We had a seperate wine, food and table waiter/ess and they could not do the others job - ridiculous!!! Saying that they were nice and spoke english, but thats not why you go out to eat. Now, I have been to many of Londons (plus global) top restaurants and this was nothing compared. I dont understand the other reviews however either they are added by the restuarant or I must accept that people have very different tastes. The food was not impressive, sure I had a nice past a dish, but the main meal of white fish was so basic and small my wife almost cried. The basics were not there, we had motion censor lighting in the toilet and no toilet roll/soap, there was electric doors in the toliet yet there is a cheap ladro figure on each table. Money was spent on the wrong things and I know where it has come from ' my pocket. All in all, without going on too much )although I have), do NOT go here, please - I generally felt like I had been mugged on walking out!
We dined here on the 17th October for our 25th anniversary and I am fortunate to have travelled all over the world and dined at many great restaurants but this will certainly register as one of the best I/we have ever visited.
From the moment you walk in (from a rather bleak side street) you can tell that there is something special here, the service and of course the food were outstanding. You should note that it is not cheap, but I would recommend the 95 Euro gala menu which was superb.
We will visit again for sure.
My friend & I liked the place because the food was very delicious and the presentation of the food was very decorative . Our waiter was very nice & smiling . The atmosphere and the quality of the restaurant were excellent. The wine list was impressive.
Ate there on Valentines day so it was a set menu which I was initially disappointed with but it actually worked out very well as we ate a number of things that we would not have ordered and the food was exceptional.
The service is superb, attentive without being intrusive and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
The Wine list is daunting in both volume and price but the staff again were very helpful in making a selection. If you have the money I would definitely recommend letting them choose the wine for you.
As we were the first to arrive the ambience was a little stilted at first but as soon as more people arrived it felt less intimidating and yet still managed to be an intimate meal for two.
I would definitely go back given the chance.
Everything about Il Convivio is wonderful, from the attentive and friendly staff to the decor but without a doubt the best thing about this restaurant is the food. Beautifully prepared and presented, it is an absolute delight, in particular the Cappuccino Mousse. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in London but I would say Il Convivio beats them all. Thoroughly recommended.
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