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“Friendly service, great wine, but ultimately disappointing food”

Restaurant Il Convivio Vini e Cucina
Ranked #61 of 361 Restaurants in Asti
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We came here via a recommendation in Fred Plotkin’s “Italy for the Gourmet Traveller”. The service couldn’t have been friendlier, but the food, apart from a couple of stand-out dishes, was average to disappointing.

The highlights of our meal were the excellent lasagne served as a starter, light pasta in rich béchamel sauce with meat ragù, and the Barbera Nizza wine, as recommended by the genial owner.

We also had a promising-sounding leek and potato pie as a starter, but it was quite plain and uninteresting. For the main course, we usually order two separate dishes and share them so that we can both try new things, but two of the four courses on offer were veal, which we try to avoid due to the cruelty involved in raising veal calves in Europe, so we both settled on the “stinco”, which in this case was a fairly aptly named hunk of pork shin, plentiful, but dry and not very flavoursome. It came served with some roast potatoes on the side.

We had a dessert, a layered chocolate sponge with squirty whipped cream, but it too was pretty average.

Both our waitress and the owner were attentive and helpful throughout the meal, but service good more fraught as the restaurant filled up. There was a large table of celebrants nearby who were served an off-piste menu which frankly looked a lot better than what we were served. We waited a long time to pay, as our departure coincided with service to other tables in the restaurant and, despite there being several empty tables at that time of day, the owner turned away people at the door, seemingly because they couldn’t handle any more customers on their own.

It was a filling meal, but probably the most disappointing of our week in Piemonte.

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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We've been here with some colleagues. Atmosphere is nice and wine was excellent. Dishes are prepared with attention but nothing special in terms of quality.

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Reviewed 11 December 2015

This is a really good restaurant. One of the interesting observations when we arrived was that the owners were very welcoming and most of the patrons were locals. For us this is always a good sign. The Wine selection was a great Barbera d'Asti and the food was ofa high standard , not dressed up but server like it would be at home. The owner is garrulous if he has no other guests but this place gets really busy. Like most other restaurantbusinesses in this region, the work between 1230 and 2pm after which thy open only in teh evening for dinner. This is very practical but it means that if you are late you will go hungry :-( or have to get a sandwich.

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Thank Miles2gob4Vsleep
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Around dinner time we stumbled upon Il Convivio, in the tiny Via G. B. Giuliani. The staff were welcoming and helpful, the setting unencumbered. Wooden cabinets along the walls throughout the bright and pleasantly furnished dining room display hundreds of bottles of the regional wine. Drinks arrived quickly. The owners enjoyed discussing the preparations of the various dishes.

To start, we can recommend the selection of three antipasti, followed by the regional specialty, Agnelotti. As for the wine, the suggested Barbera d'Asti Superiore was perfect, smooth and full bodied. We appreciated that despite our being open to any suggestion by the owner, he chose a reasonably priced bottle.

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Thank Joel-Monique M
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

One of the few restaurants with a vegetarian menu, but also caters to non-vegetarians. The food is sublime and the selection of wines is unsurpassed. The owner knows his wine and will advise the best to go with your choice of food.
Prices are very fair and service and ambience make you wonder why Il Convivio isn't #1 in this list.

Thank MartinW3752
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