Since caffeine was a no-no during pregnancy, I spent a good deal of time researching where the best hot chocolate was being served up in Vienna. Then diplo-baby came on the scene, and I plowed ahead with confirming my findings – so much so that hot chocolate will be the sacrifice of choice this Lent.
Like all black book pursuits, my research is primarily first district driven with an n of one, so for this or other entries if there are recommendations for other districts, don’t hesitate to shout them out.
Blue Ribbon Winner:
Hands and shoulders above the rest is the cioccolato caldo (picture above from my last Mardi Gras indulgence) from Zanoni’s and Zanoni’s. It’s basically just a cup full of melted chocolate with whipped cream, which is, at least in my mind, what hot chocolate should be (as the name indicates). Part of the appeal is the fact that it’s located across the street, which made it a great stop with diplo-baby suited up in the ergo on nights when a walk about town seemed to be the only solution to fussiness. But part of the appeal is also is that Zanoni’s has a pretty “authentic” Italian staff, which means that one order for one hot chocolate involves one guy to take the order, one guy to clarify it, one manager to approve the order, one person to serve it up, one person to hand it to me, and one person to take my money, and all of them to wish me and the bambino a good evening. Classic.
– Orlando di Castello: This is the most chocolatey hot chocolate out there without actually resorting to just melting chocolate as they do in Zanoni’s. Also served with whipped cream and by angst-ridden twenty-somethings that add a splash of the tragically hip.
– Motto am Fluss: Best hot chocolate for entertainment value as they bring you a small pot of hot milk and a chocolate bar that you melt right into it – something that I didn’t figure out the first time around, and I thought it was so quaint that they served a chocolate bar with hot chocolate on the side. This is one of those things that sounds better in principle than it turns out in practice but it’s still pretty good – also comes in flavors such as banana chocolate, dark and cinnamon.
Photography by the The New Diplomat’s Wife.