Is there such a thing as gourmet pizza? Well, ask any Naples pizza chef and most will yell a bunch of colourful Italian words at you while chasing you out of their kitchen with their pizza peel shovel.
Nevertheless, the Napolitana pizza is being recreated in pizzerias around Vienna with all kinds of original creations being served up, stacked high with mixes of all kinds of ingredients, from beetroot to Blunzn. But their base is unmistakably Napolitana – thick crust and thin base.
Here is our list of the places getting creative with Napolitana Pizza in Vienna:
Opening times MON–FRI: 12pm–3pm & 6pm–11pm SAT: 12pm–11pm SUN & Public holidays: 12pm–10pm
This younger sibling of Pizza Mari (see below), is owned by the same Italian-obsessed woman who knows how to recreate an authentic piece of Italy out of the country.Just like at Pizza Mari, Disco Volante is Italian, right down to the cutlery. The mint green, white and blue overall outfit of the waiting staff looks like they’ve been inspired by a mechanic’s garage, while the shiny disco ball pizza oven is what lends the place its quirky name and concept. Everything echoes in the big hall, including families, couples and friends enjoying the Neapolitan-style pizza that’s prepared by a couple of Italians, who always seem to be having a laugh while doing their job. The variety is simple and so are the pizza recipes, however, in simplicity, plenty of flavour is found.
Opening times MON–FRI: 5pm-11pm SAT: 1pm-11pm SUN: closed
Keeping things simple, Sofi Vera claims to be serving up some of the best Napolitana pizza in the city. Sofi Vera spreads itself out with a huge al fresco garden at the atmospheric Yppenplatz in the 16th district, while the smell of the pizzas in the oven also lets everybody know of the Italian’s presence. The pizzas have all the traditional toppings, and sport the thick crust and thin, floppy base of a true Napolitana pizza. In the menu, there’s a large variety of pizzas – both classic and a full page of original gourmet creations, like the ‘Deliziosa’ with toppings including bacon and nuts, and the ‘Delicata’ topped with Prosciutto, grilled zucchinis, and goat cheese.
The service counter is an eye-popper with its cover of colourful tiles, and the garden is big and beautiful.
Opening times TUE–FRI: 12pm–3pm & 6pm–11pm SAT–SUN: 12pm–10pm MON: closed
The unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere of Pizza Mari is mirrored in the following words from its owner, Maria: “If you like the place, then come, if you don’t like it, don’t come.”
But in our not so humble opinion, there is nothing not to like about this Neapolitan-style pizza bar, but plenty to love about it. This place is honestly Italy, without the cliché kitsch. The retro-styled pizzeria is brightly lit like a petrol station, loud like an Italian in front of a football match, and the pizzas are some of the best in the city.
The laminated menu is pizza-only, with a selection with either a red or white base – from the traditional Margherita that is eaten from paper on the streets of Naples, to the funky in-house creations like the Patate (a white, cheese based pizza with rosemary, and potatoes on top) – like a lot of the Italian kitchen, simplicity is the secret recipe … and good cheese.
Check out our complete review of Pizza Mari, here.
MOMO Pizza gourmet, or MOMO for short, is doing things their own way with pizza – from their pizza creations to how the pizza experience. You see, at MOMO, each pizza comes in 2 sizes – one being your normal size and the other being a little smaller. By offering up the smaller one, MOMO aims to encourage people to put a variety of their pizza creations in the middle of the table and share. The only thing they didn’t think about was, because their pizzas are so good, it makes it hard to share.
Their menu is divided into the Bianche pizzas and those with tomato sauce, and is full of delightfully delicious pizza masterpieces. Take the Del Senatore, for example – topped with goat cheese, honey (what the…?!) pecan nuts and avocado (you gotta try it to believe it). And these ‘What the?!’ moments are not in short supply when scanning the MOMO pizza menu. They also offer a range of Pizzotti (filled pizza pockets). The atmosphere with MOMO is also the kind of place you feel comfortable to get messy eating a pizza with your hands.
Opening times MON–SUN: 5:30pm–11pm (weekdays for lunch 11:30am–2:30pm)
Ah, Riva. The mention of you in passing gets us drooling. We just can’t get enough of you. We keep saying it’s an open relationship. Sure, we can see other pizzerias. But we keep coming back to you.
At Riva, the chefs are all Italian, and they are probably among some of the friendliest in Vienna. Working their magic near the entrance, it’d be awkward not to say ‘Hi’ to these guys when entering (we like to think they add a little extra topping every time we do).You can have a look inside their classical beautiful round white oven, where all the magic happens, and watch your Napolitana pizza become a delicious reality.
Their pizza menu is divided into Pizze Rosse (pizzas with tomato sauce) and Pizze Bianche (pizzas without tomato sauce), and includes the classics alongside some original creations, with unexpected ingredients showing up like beetroot and walnuts in their Pizze Speciale section. They also have one of the best dessert calzones in the city.
They also have a restaurant location in the 4rth district: Riva Favorita Favoritenstraße 4–6, 1040 MON–SUN: 5:30pm–11pm (weekdays for lunch 11:30am–2:30pm)
The former Transporter Bar in the 4th district was transformed in 2018 with a new face, interior, and pizza oven. It’s become a popular spot ever since. The Neapolitan-style pizzas at Randale are coming straight out of the oven of a Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana approved gas oven (it seems they’re mighty proud of this).
They have the classics on their menu – Margherita, Capricciosa, Quattro Formaggi – while they’re also mixing things up with pizzas topped with Blunzn (blood sausage) and apple – there are a bunch of funky and original pizza creations to be tried at Randale.
The guys behind the place are the same as those who gave birth to the burger and wine bar, Weinschenke, so they’re no stranger to mixing things up.
Bros. Pizza is an ambitious little place on Zollergasse owned by Serge and David, who set out on a quest one day to create a real Wiener Pizza. Using sour dough and selected ingredients that that they source regionally, and a few coming out of Italy, the pizzas feature local versions of cheese, meat and other tasty toppings adorning the dough base (made and baked on the premises). The pizzas are 22cm, meaning they’re compact and perfect for a lunch take-away meal, but you can also sit down on one of the 8 seats in the small pizza bar to devour your Viennese pizza.
They have some creative topping combos, like their ‘Pizza L’Atomica,’ a spicy zinger carrying red onions, Spanish chorizo, Grana Padano, and Red Eye Hotsauce. Their vegan creation, Pizza Die Schwammerl, is covered in different kinds of mushrooms and has also proven to be a hit for the veggies of the city.