Convivium Osteria
 
 

A cozy charmer with superb Italian eats in Park Slope

By Hannah Howard

Close your eyes and picture a homey yet elegant Italian taverna. There is a wine cellar downstairs with more than 300 carefully chosen bottles, exposed brick, copper cookware, flickering candlelight, and the warm, enticing smell of caramelizing onions and fresh bread. Now open your eyes—you’re in Convivium Osteria, a beloved, transporting neighborhood favorite in Park Slope. It’s no wonder this restaurant is a perennial date night destination.

The food lives up to the evocative atmosphere. A roasted quail arrives crispy-skinned, stuffed with sausage and served in a port and fig sauce, a wonderful balance of sweet and savory. Grilled octopus with gigante beans and cherry tomatoes is tender and flavorful; the braised artichoke, redolent of garlic and mint, is served in a pool of spicy extra-virgin olive oil, perfect for dipping with crusty bread.

But don’t fill up on bread, because the pastas are made in-house and are truly special. The gnudi, pillows of sheep’s milk ricotta and spinach, are so fluffy and luscious they might float away if they weren’t doused in a creamy asiago sauce. And ravioli, stuffed with green apple and ricotta and topped with pecking duck ragu, are the perfect balance of rich and ethereal.
One can absolutely live on carbs alone, but it’s easy enough to make a case for the braised rabbit, flavorful in a sauce of capers and fragrant rosemary. There’s also a 48-ounce bone-in rib eye from Painted Hills—and if it’s that sort of night, there’s no denying it.

Dessert is too good to be negotiable. Whether you’re taken by the apple tart with flaky buttery crust, the dense chocolate and hazelnut torte, or the silky vanilla panna cotta strewn with strawberries, it’s an ideal ways to end an epic evening at Convivium Osteria.

hours

Mon–Fri 5 PM–11 PM; Sat 5 PM–11:30 PM; Sun 5 PM–10 PM

price range

$17 (gnudi) to $118 (48 oz oven-roasted bone-in rib eye for two)
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