Urban Discoveries: Disco Volante
This is part of the “Urban Discoveries” series, in which we seek and discover interesting and well designed places to eat and drink around Europe and especially in Vienna. The article we present you today was written by my colleague and friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Due to the longer text this time around we decided to change the format a little bit, the pictures are now included within the article and not placed in the end. Thanks to Disco Volante for the invitation and especially to Verena Piontek for the warm welcome and the interview.
I still remember my visit to the famous Antica Pizzaria Da Michele in Naples and the sensational joy I had enjoying a purist pizza Margarita. The Soft, moist dough and fluffy crust, the rich marinara sauce topped with tasty slices of mozzarella cheese and perfectly balanced with a couple of fresh basil leaves. And it’s not only the food itself, but also the bustling and lively atmosphere. After all pizza is a fast dish, you get in, take a seat, order, eat, maybe round it up with a coffee, and leave again. In many ways it encapsulates the Italian lifestyle in a nutshell.
So in order to get that authentic experience of Neapolitan pizza you have to hop on a train or plan and travel down there, right?
Well, not necessarily…right in the middle of Vienna’s trendy 6th district in the busy Gumpendorfer Straße you can get a taste of Naples’s most iconic dish. The Pizzeria Disco Volante is dedicated dishing out flat pies, topped with all kinds of fresh ingredients right from their steaming hot wood-fired oven. Not only the pizza is all inspired by its Neapolitan models, but also the design of the restaurant.
The name Disco Volante is Italian and means “flying disc” which is first and foremost a reference to the pizza’s flat shape and how the dough is thrown in the air to stretch it out before it’s garnished and baked in the oven. But besides this rather obvious correlation, the name also hints to the true eye candy of the restaurant: the wood-fired oven in the design of a disco ball. We visited during daytime, the reflection of the sunlight in the small mirrors of the disco ball created a distinctive atmosphere. However, the use of colored spotlights combined with Italian disco music also make a visit during the evening worthwhile.
The design concept can be best described as purist and clean. The restaurant immediately reminds one of the unique style of Italy in the 60s, everything looks bright, clean, and minimalistic.
The owners work together with regional producers to ensure the best quality, but you also find imports on their menu like an assortment of delicious Italian lemonades.
The restaurant opened its doors back in 2013 and you might have heard of its sister location “Pizza Mari” located in the 2nd district, which is well known among urban pizza lovers. Both restaurants are owned by Maria Fuchs who fell in love with Naples and its pizza culture while spending an exchange semester there and decided to bring this experience back to Vienna.
All the pizza cooks at Disco Volante are Italians and they must go through a special training before the master the art of pizza making, and it’s really a form of art. The wood-fired oven reaches a temperature of 300–400° and is big enough for eight pizzas baking simultaneously. Due to the high temperature the pizzas can get burned very quickly and need to be rotated repeatedly until there are finished after a couple of minutes. The work requires a crafty technique and a lot of practice. The cooks at Disco Volante know exactly what they are doing and it’s a joy to watch them scurry around the kitchen while cracking jokes in Italian.
Disco Volante doesn’t do home delivery, so you best pick up the phone and order for pick up or you just put on your sneakers and run over there to get your hands on their delicious pizza and indulge in the busy atmosphere of southern Italy.
For opening hours and further info please visit http://www.disco-volante.at