It is starting to feel like our whirlwind travel month of November was SUCH a long time ago already! We've only been in Abu Dhabi for a week, but already Europe and the US feels so very far away. I am starting to get pretty itchy to stop living out of our suitcases and mostly, am desperate to have a kitchen again! And so until I can cook for myself, I'll have to pour through my photos of all the yummy things we've eaten over the past few weeks to tide me over.
We only had two night in Vienna, but had two meals that were in the top 5 of meals we ate over the entire month, so I thought I'd share these both with you. We loved so much about Vienna, and I loved being surprised my the incredible gluten free options available to me! Its funny that we had spent an entire week in Italy, and had to wait until Austria to get a decent pizza!
THE BEST GLUTEN FREE DESSERT - ESTERHAZYTORTE AT DEMEL
Upon looking for gluten free options in Vienna, I stumbled upon my friend Kel's blog post about the very topic, and went forth with haste. I couldn't have loved her any more than when I took my first bite of this insane delicacy at Demel.
Demel is one of those institutions that is popular for a good reason. The baroque interiors match the elegance and old-world romance of this pastry shop. We found a little table in the rear room under an ornate chandelier, which had the perfect vantage point for us to watch the pastry chefs at work. But enough about decor, this post is about the glorious food.
There are two gluten free options at Demel, one being the Esterhazytorte, and the other was a similar torte that had chocolate layers, which I couldn't eat, so I settled with the Esterhazy. But settling is the furtherest from what actually happened. Without a doubt, the best gluten free cake I have ever had. I cannot imagine a better tasting dessert. The list of non-gluten free options sounded amazing by the way, but Pete couldn't go past the Apple Streudel, which apparently was the best he has ever had.
Thin layers of almond macaron dough, separated by buttercream, drenched in vanilla/cognac and topped with a fondant glaze. I am going to be spending much of January trying to recreate this torte, and cannot wait for the experiments to begin!!!
I ate my Esterhazytorte over about an hour, I savoured each and every mouthful. I am pretty sure the surrounding tables suspected it was my last meal ever, I was a little OTT. But I couldn't help it. It was that good.
And just because I knew I could never be happy with just the one, I picked up another one on our way out, and rounded out my day to two cups of tea, one apple, a bunch of grapes, a handful of walnuts, and TWO Esterhazytortes! And it was possibly all the calories I needed for a month! But who could care when it tasted that good.
THE BEST GLUTEN FREE PIZZA - SCARABOCCHIO
Gluten Free pizza has always been a bit hit and miss for me. I don't mind a lot of our options in London, they were okay. But mostly just okay. Our only real option that didn't require an hour on the Tube to get to, was Pizza Express, which was just okay. It was good to be able to just have a pizza whenever I had the craving for one, but it was never amazing.
I was starting to think that I would never find amazing gluten free pizzas at all. But again, Vienna delivered! We got to Scarabocchio Pizzeria right on Midday and we were ravenous (isn't it always the way that when you travel you seem to miss one meal a day on average?) so ordered a GF pizza each.
We weren't expecting them to be quite so large though!
The bases were doughy but crispy. They had air in them. Actual air. The flavours on top were wonderful too, but I could have just as easily eaten Madeleine's margherita pizza all day too. I have no idea what flours were used in the bases but if you find yourself in Vienna and are gluten intolerant, make your way to Scarabocchio and enjoy eating a pizza that just tastes like a regular pizza.
So these are my two favourite pics for places to eat in Vienna, gluten free. Do you have any other "must eat" spots for Vienna that we missed? Happy to go back anytime and try them out! Oh how we loved Vienna.