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Ristorante-Sole- Classical Culture in Vienna

After a recent performance in the Musikverein, the golden concert hall some consider the best in the world, I had the chance to dine at Ristorante Sole with my agent and friends. I had expected to go to Antinori (see other review), but he smiled and said: "Trust me."

I should trust my agent more often! This was an extraordinary dinner.

The antipasti was so fresh and diverse. From grilled calamari to a buffala mozzarella that melted on your tongue. Fresh shrimps decorated with an avocado salade, lamb carpaccio and vitello tonnato and perhaps my favorite, the fresh asparagus (in season) wrapped in Prosciutto di San Daniele (Picaron).

The Primi pasta was equally enticing. Porcini are in season and the risotto and tagliatelle were prepared perfectly, the risotto was light and moist, the pasta the appropriate al dente texture with every bite.

I continued with costelette d'agnello, the standard for me by which, when in season, all italian restaurants are judged. They were tender on the inside, on the crust cooked perfectly scottadito (literally finger burning because it is impossible to wait for the chops to cool because they look, smell and taste better than any Texas BBQ). My agent ate a remarkably large flietto di branzino cooked in a salted crust. When cracked open, the fish was as light as a feather.

The desserts were delightful, from a classic tiramisu to one with marroni! The wine throughout the evening was a delicious Primitivo di Manduria, high in alcohol and taste.

But what was perhaps most impressive was the host, Aki Nuredini, a man of great taste and culture, who knows everybody. This is the place of choice of singers, conductors, soloists and musicians when playing in Vienna. The guest book looks like a Who's who of classical music and opera. Aki loves music. And we love his authentic Italian food. Libiamo!

Ristorante Sole
Annagasse 8-10, 1010 Wien
Mo. bis So. 11.00-23.30 Uhr
Tel. +43 (0)1 / 513 40 77