Review: Da Capo Italian Restaurant

Da Capo
Schulerstraße 18
1010 Wien
512 44 91
http://www.dacapo.co.at

Having dinner at Da Capo is about the closest you can get to Italy without leaving Vienna. I believe it is the best Italian food in Vienna. I just love it.

We have eaten there on several occasions, and every time, the pasta was excellent. Never boxed, always freshly made. Last night, I had a very interesting dish: ravioli stuffed with apples and celeriac with a walnut butter sauce and plenty of rucola and Gran Padano cheese on top. It was yummy.

Apple and celeriac ravioli

Apple and celeriac ravioli

Several salads are on the menu for starters, and all are excellent. We shared a small salad of assorted fresh heirloom tomatoes with olive oil and pepper, and a dish of mussels baked in garlic butter, served with crusty garlic bread to soak up the butter. My goodness, those mussels were tasty!

There is also an large antipasti bar with grilled vegetables, olives, and other assorted treats. You can serve yourself, or the waiter will put together an assortment for your table.

The wine list is good too, with a wide variety of affordable,  yet very good, Italian wines.  Last night my husband had a Castel del Monte (red) that he pronounced to be excellent. I had a Gavi di Gavi, a nice, light white wine to go well with seafood.

We have never managed to leave room for dessert at Da Capo, but I’ve wistfully watched the tiramisu and crême brulée going past my table on several occasions.  Some day, I may resist the antipasti and make it to dessert…

Da Capo offers a romantic atmosphere, excellent food, and good service at a very reasonable price.  Reservations are strongly recommended, as the restaurant is always packed. It is a bit easier to get a table in nice weather because they have a lot of outdoor seating. It is located in one of the small, quiet streets behind Stephansdom, so the outdoor tables are very pleasant.

Reviewed by Kelly

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