Vienna Pizza

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The sheer volume of pizza places in this town must place it in the top tier of available pies per capita. I get a flyer for a new pizza and schnitzel delivery place every few days, and walking down any street, you simply can’t avoid seeing at least a few different places with pizza on offer.

I have tried many. By and large, they are crap. However, a few really stick out so far — and these I frequent.

However, none, to the best of my knowledge, has the peculiar Italian quality of taking something simple to the limits of perfection.

What I mean by this is that in some pizzza places in Italy, the only ingredients allowed are flour, sea salt, fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozarella, water and yeast. The most obsessive of these places use no commercial or activated yeast, but rely on a pinch of the dough from the previous day to provide overnight levening.

In such pizzarias — a few of which I have found in the U.S. too — the pizzas can only be served as long as dough remains. Once the dough is gone, there’s no way to make more because it must be left to rise overnight.

Dough made this way is exceptional — truly something special. But remarkably rare.

So, knowing that this is unlikely to exist in Vienna, I’d still like to fragen: what is the best pizza in Vienna?

9 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    I love Pizza and I love it made the traditional way. I used to recommend Francesco in Vienna’s 19th district, but there is something much better if you’re into prosciutto and rocket as I am: Visit “I Terroni“. And forget about everything delivered!

  2. mf (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    re previous post: I Terroni is the best place in my neighborhood (Neubau). But even better is L’asino che ride on Dorotheergasse 19a — I know, it’s in the 1st district, but it’s not touristy or expensive at all, and it’s the most to-die-for pizza (or pasta, for that matter) that I’ve encountered in Vienna so far.

  3. scott partee (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    But does anyone know of a place that does the dough w/o commercial rapid rise yeast?

  4. scott partee (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    Michael, I still haven’t tried Francesco, despite your recommendation. “I Terroni” is great. Il Mare is still my favorite.

  5. anon (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    For delivery, Pizza Mann is good.

  6. Philipp Maan (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    Pizzeria Riviera in the 22. district is the best IMO. They also have offers often where all the meals and pizzas are being offered for 5,50€.

  7. Petr B (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    As a regular guest coming to Vienna every week from Brno, Czech Republic, I must say: there is a pizza place somewhere in the middle of Mariahilferstrasse. Going downhill it is on your left, it has a green window and a takeaway. Yummy.
    Peter B
    The Czech Daily Word

  8. Michael (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Scott, it’s time for a new feature: Good Pizza in Vienna!

  9. mike (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    ah, a topic after my own heart. my two favorites in vienna are da michele on kirchengasse and pizzeria frascati.

    though, i must admit pining for a ‘american-style’ pizza from time to time. nothing i’ve found here in vienna can rival a slice from john’s or grimaldi’s in new york.

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