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Urban Discoveries presents: Burger Bros.

This article 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. Again I worked together with my colleague and dear friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Thanks to the folks at Burger Bros. for the invitation and the nice talk.


The Bermuda Triangle in Vienna is well known for many things, including bars and drunken teens but certainly it was never known for good food. Is this about to change? We visited the new Burger Bros. restaurant to investigate. The franchise subsidiary opened its doors just a couple of months ago and it’s the latest addition to the Burger Bros family. The small Vienna based franchise already has two other locations in the city, one at Hauptbahnhof and another one in the Wien Mitte shopping mall. All three restaurants have a similar design to establish a corporate identity which is easily recognizable for the costumer. Nonetheless, the interior of Burger Bros Bermuda doesn’t feel generic or uncomfortable. There are a couple of nice design elements which create a distinct, relaxed atmosphere like the hand-painted walls, the colorful bar chairs and the ceiling lamps. Also make sure to use the washrooms, so you don’t miss out on the hilarious Chuck Norris quotes on the doors.

But certainly the design is not or at least not the only reason to visit Burger Bros Bermuda – it’s their food. During the last years, several premium Burger restaurants sprung up around Vienna, saying goodbye to the burger as the classic incarnation of the fast food generation closely linked to global chains like McDonalds, Burger King and co. Fitting right into this trend, Burger Bros puts an emphasis on quality and innovation rather than simply price.

All their burgers were created by trained (starred) chefs, using only fresh and regional ingredients. Especially the quality of beef is key to a great burger, at Burger Bros they use Black Angus or Simmentaler beef for their burger variations. And let me tell you, you can really taste the difference! The beef patty is thick, juicy and simply delicious. It’s the heart of the burger and therefore calls for quality. The second most important part of the burger is arguably the bun. The soft brioche buns are not made in house but delivered to all three Burger Bros locations in the morning. The bun has a nice, soft, lightly toasted texture, which perfectly accompanies the beef patty. Beside their delicious burgers, they also offer tasty ribs, steaks, hot dogs and a variety of salads and sides. If you are up for a special treat, order their Rossini burger with foie gras or go for the burger of the month.

What goes better with a burger than a nice cold one? Aside from the obligatory draft beers, Burger Bros Bermuda offer an excellent selection of national and international craft beers. If you are more into wine, they also have a great wine selection to make sure you find the right pairing for your food. Overall, they have a nice range of alcoholic drinks. Cocktails and shots are on the menu as well for a very reasonable price. Make sure to check out their changing deals on food and drinks. For instance, on Wednesday they have 30% on craft beers. If you are not just looking for a quick, cheap bite, but rather for a high-quality, tasty Burger and a nice drink in a relaxed atmosphere, Burger Bros Bermuda is a real tip for you. From May on, you even can enjoy their food and drinks outside in their pub garden.

For more information and opening hours, visit

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


Cathedrals of the Working Class: Rabenhof in Early Spring

After the devastations of World War I and facing huge societal and economic challenges the people of Vienna craved for change. A special problem were the poor living conditions of the working class, which very often lived in large tenements without warm water and communal toilets on the corridors. Large families lived in small apartments and very often they had to accomodate additional roomers to afford the overpriced rent. For these and other reasons the Socialist Party of Austria (SPÖ) was voted into power and planned a radical rethinking of the city in the 1920s. Large and modern communal building called Gemeindebauten were to be built with large inner yards for the workers to gather and thick walls to protect them. Among the first ones to be built was the Rabenhof in the 3rd Viennese district. Today known among Austrians mostly for the theater with the same name, which is located at the spot were the gathering hall for the workers used to be. The rent in these buildings was much lower and affordable, at the same time though the standard of living was much higher with private toilets, launderettes, private parks and a kindergarten. The same is true today as every 4th Viennese of different economic backgrounds lives in a Gemeindewohnung, around 3.500 of them in the Rabenhof building.


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