We dump our bags and take the metro down to the Museum Quartier where I've been dying to see the Modern Art museum (MUMOK). I'd seen it in an article in the LA Times a few months ago and the grey basalt cube of a building had a upside-down house implanted in the top. That house must have been a temporary exhibit because it was gone. In addition, this week they were in the process of changing the exhibits so half the museum was closed to the public. At this point, I decide not to go in since my mom doesn't really appreciate modern art anyway.
We walk across the street to the Natural History museum only to find that it's closed on Tuesdays. Ooops! Well, what's a girl to do now? It's strudel time!
For today's coffee and strudel, we take the u-bahn to Cafe Demel for melange (coffee with milk) and apple strudel for 11€.
Unable to bear the thought of another heavy meal, we ask at the front desk for a recommendation of something else, perhaps Italian? She recommends Rossini's, an Italian place about 2 blocks from the hotel. We are greeted with a "Buona sera!" as we walk through the door. I'm instantly happy. The menu is in Italian with German translations and with my limited Italian, and a German phrasebook, I can translate almost everything. Our waiter is adorable and jokes with us in Italian the entire night. He brings the bottles for the wines by the glass to our table since they are not detailed on the menu. We each have a glass of Palio- Montepulclano de Abruzzo which is on the menu only as "corvo rosso"
For a starter, we share the "antipasto misto della casa"-carpaccio, Parmesan, eggplant, mushrooms,etc., drizzled with olive oil, it's just what I want.
I order the "gnoccni alla sorrentina" from the Daily Specials list and it comes with a fresh tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella.
Mom has the "linguini alla piva" with garlic, olives, and eggplant.
With our pastas we each get another glass of wine; Ritocco-valpolicella valpetena 2004 and
Salice Salinto-rosso maiana d.o.c 2004.
I usually won't order Tiramisu in restaurants anymore, but tonight it turns out to be one of the best I've had in a long time and obviously homemade.
Total for dinner was around 50 euro
Pedometer for day 5- 6 miles