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A connoisseur of the good life shares insights on Vienna dining

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Otto Wiesenthal, owner of Vienna's charming Hotel-Pension Altstadt, is a connoisseur of the good life and an expert witness on Vienna's restaurants, from the simplest Beisl to the fanciest Michelin-starred establishment. For his guests, he has published a booklet that lists his favorites in several categories. He has given us permission to pass on some of his capsule reviews.


A Tavola

The little sister of Cantinetta Antinori offers the homey comforts of a simple Italian Osteria. High standards with homemade pasta and great lamb dishes. Large selection of quality wines which are also offered by the glass.
Weihburggasse 3-5, tel. 512 79 55, fax 512 79 551

Il Mare

A firmly headed family endeavor with possibly the best wood oven pizzas of Vienna. Always booked solid and well attended by staff of the publishing houses in the surroundings. Plain ambiance with simple wooden tables. Grappa for real grown ups.
Zieglergasse 15, tel. 523 74 94


The forte of this small restaurant is the freshly prepared seafood in all variations. It is strongly advised to follow the recommendations of the waiters since some of the freshest fish is not even mentioned on the menu.
Marc Aurel-Strasse 8, tel. 535 6518