Two newcomers have added to the incredible variety of ice cream on offer in Vienna by opening Schelato, an ice cream parlor with a bar and café, in the eighth district. As well as conventional options, the menu includes unusual flavors such as avocado and black sesame. Coffee, beer, wine and snacks are also available. The ice cream is produced in the cellar underneath the parlor, using organic ingredients wherever possible. Also new on the scene is Gefrorenes – Eis wie damals in the ninth district, where delicacies are produced using natural ingredients according to authentic Viennese recipes from the beginning of the 20th century, including refreshing lemon and melon.
At Ferrari Natural Gelato, in the first district, the quality of the ingredients really is second to none: the bijou producer’s products make use of Piedmont hazelnuts, pine nuts that they caramelize themselves, fresh fruit and creamy ricotta cheese. Eis Greissler, which has two outlets in Vienna, also steers clear of artificial colors and flavors. Made with high quality organic milk, their ice cream is also available in some unorthodox flavors, including goat’s cheese or pumpkin seed oil. Veganista serves only vegan ice cream, freshly prepared daily using soya, oat, almond, rice or coconut milk, and free from artificial additives, ready-made pastes and flavor enhancers. Ice cream without conventional sugar – sweetened with xylitol, maple syrup or agave syrup – is another specialty. Open all year round, the ice cream parlor regularly changes its assortment to feature special varieties such as orange, saffron and olive, or strawberry and agave.
Among the traditional Viennese ice cream establishments is Eissalon am Schwedenplatz. Run by the Molin Pradel family since it opened in 1886, it has been serving gelato in a wide variety of flavors to the Viennese for five generations. It even has its own ice cream calendar with information on the varieties available. Around the corner from Vienna’s luxury Goldenes Quartier shopping district, Eissalon Tuchlauben offers a wide choice of flavors and sundaes, alongside famous house specialties including its nougat ice cream and wild strawberry cream. A short walk away, Zanoni & Zanoni awaits, with its large outdoor seating area – heated when it is cold outside, and cooled using water vapor in hot weather. Varieties include vegan ice cream as well as frozen yoghurt.
Paolo Bortolotti has no fewer than five gelaterias, four of them located on Vienna’s main shopping street, Mariahilfer Strasse. Tichy in the tenth district is an exception to the rule, since it wasn’t started by an Italian family. Kurt Tichy and his wife Marianne founded their ice cream parlor in a cellar café in 1952. Just three years later, they moved to Reumannplatz, where Tichy has remained ever since. Every year Tichy, which has a loyal following among the Viennese, surprises the public with new creations – among the most successful are its Eismarillenknödel. Invented in 1967 these faux dumplings are made from frozen vanilla cream sauce, filled with apricot puree and rolled in ground hazelnuts.
- Schelato, Lerchenfelder Strasse 34, 1080 Vienna, www.schelato.at
- Gefrorenes - Eis wie damals, Währinger Strasse 12, 1090 Vienna, https://www.facebook.com/gefrorenes
- Ferrari Natural Gelato, Krugerstrasse 9, 1010 Vienna, www.ferrari-gelato.at
- Veganista Ice Cream, Neustiftgasse 23, 1070 Vienna + Margaretenstrase 51, 1050 Vienna, www.veganista.at
- Eis-Greissler, Rotenturmstrasse 14, 1010 Vienna + Mariahilfer Strasse 33, 1060 Vienna, www.eis-greissler.at
- Eissalon am Schwedenplatz, Schwedenplatz/Franz-Josef-Kai 17, 1010 Vienna, www.gelato.at
- Eissalon Tuchlauben, Tuchlauben 15, 1010 Vienna, www.eissalon-tuchlauben.at
- Zanoni & Zanoni, Lugeck 7, 1010 Vienna, www.zanoni.co.at
- Paolo Bortolotti, Mariahilfer Strasse 22, 66, 94, 96-98, 1070 Vienna + Thaliastrasse 71, 1160 Vienna, www.bortolotti.at
- Tichy, Reumannplatz 13, 1100 Vienna, www.gastroweb.at/tichy-eis