Discover Germany, Issue 52, July 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Wine & Dine  |  Restaurant of the Month, Austria Carlo Borelli, founder and manager.

Stylish interior.

Al Borgo team.

R E S TA U R A N T O F T H E M O N T H , A U S T R I A

Italian hospitality and regional delights The Al Borgo in Vienna is a place where you can feel at home while discovering the manifold layers of Italian regional cuisine. With its stylish interior dominated by hues between dark brown and cream, the combination of cuisine and style has long become an insider tip for celebrities. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI  |  PHOTOS: ADIN KRAJISNIK,© AL BORGO

As founder and manager Carlo Borelli states, the main objective behind the Al Borgo was to create a restaurant where high-level culinary standards are met with an ambiance of harmony, reflecting the Italian focus on family and warmhearted hospitality. At the Al Borgo, both business guests and friends enjoy the same welcoming atmosphere. After having assembled expertise and skills at world-renowned hotel chains and Viennese restaurants, Carlo Borelli brought the Al Borgo into being through his “sheer love for the hospitality sector”, as he likes to say. The well-hidden insider tip opened its doors in September 2010, located between the Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s cathedral) and the city park, in one of the most popular districts of Vienna. Chef Francesco and his team create daily palatal 32  |  Issue 52  |  July 2017

delights of the Italian cuisine with passion and craftsmanship. The fresh preparation of food for them is a matter of course, as well as a changing menu. Whether in the evening by candlelight or during the day, the Al Borgo team around Carlo Borelli pay attention to their guests’ culinary wishes six days a week. The special atmosphere of the Al Borgo is marked by its trademark mix of comfort and modern design. All friends of Italian cuisine receive a hearty welcome at the restaurant, amongst which are many celebrities from TV and sports. Actor and frequent guest Alfons Haider is even known for occasionally jumping in as “waiter” or “sous chef”, for extra entertainment. Apart from organising regular live music concerts through to roaring New Year’s

Eve events, Carlo Borelli and his chef Francesco co-create a constantly changing, season-oriented menu. They introduce regional delicacies at the weekly ‘Settimanas’ and offer an impressive selection of more than 100 wines, delicious Grappas and, of course, their Limoncello. “Borgo means a small spot of Italy,”the padrone states, “a place where people meet and the clocks are going a little slower.” Being at Al Borgo therefore simply means being at home.

Open-air ambiance.

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