Being a close neighbor of Italy, it’s no surprise that Austrians should share a fondness for Mediterranean cuisine. From trendy sour dough pizza joints to traditional homely hideaways, here are some of the best Italian restaurants in Vienna.
This cozy and friendly venue serves a variety of Italian food, despite the suggestion of its name. Every dish is freshly prepared and uses traditional Italian ingredients; for the wheat weary, there are also a few gluten-free pizza and pasta options.
The pizza oven in this trendy joint in the 6th district resembles a giant glitter ball for a modern, edgy look. Scrummy sour dough pizzas made to perfection are their specialty, with a menu featuring some quintessentially Italian recipes, such as prosciutto crudo and bufala. Be sure to sample their delicious espresso post-pizza.
Italian food isn’t all about pizza, but it’s a good place to start. This restaurant, in the trendy 2nd district, has a simple, homey feel, with no unnecessary fancy embellishments. The outdoor seating area is perfect for summer lunches and the pizzas are made using authentic Italian recipes and right in front of your eyes at the stone oven at the entrance.
This is a modern restaurant in one of Vienna’s coolest neighborhoods. As well as some classic pizza and pasta dishes, there are many original additions to the menu—including some delicate meat dishes using chicken and beef. The generous selection of wines is one of the highlights, with bottles from Italy and Austria.
1500 Foodmakers is located in the confines of the culturally rich Museum’s Quarter. Their motto is “fuck it and eat pizza;” advice that you can’t reasonably argue with. As well as a good selection of pizza, the menu features a variety of small dishes, salads, and an extensive drinks menu, with a decent selection of Austrian wines to choose from.
Ristorante Francesco offers traditional Italian cuisine cooked with great care and passion with locally sourced ingredients. A few samples from the menu include rissotto with lemon sauce, basil and calamari, sea food pasta, a variety of pizza dishes, and classic Italian desserts.
Located down a cobbled street in the atmospheric Old University quarter, this authentic restaurant attracts crowds of tourists and locals alike. The pizzas are a highlight of the menu—made using a paper thin crust and with the perfect ratio of sauce to cheese.
Simple and stripped down, yet elegant, this small restaurant may not feel like much at first, but fine Italian cooking is at its heart. The set course consists of a medley of original recipes, with dishes such as carpaccio beef, spaghetti bolognese, and asparagus with parmesan.
Centrally located next to St.Stephen’s Cathedral, Al Borgo (meaning “a small spot of Italy—a place where people meet and clocks are going a little slower.”) has a menu that changes with the seasons, bringing you zesty salads in the summertime and warming pasta dishes when the weather gets chilly outside.
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This is a charming and lively pizzeria located down the road from the Karls Church. The interior is elegantly decorated in colors of the Mediterranean and there is a generously sized seating area outside the front. The menu features various antipasti, a colorful variety of pizzas, and wines from Italy and Austria.