I have an admission to make. I came to Mafiosi because I had heard that the pizzas were incredibly cheap. My posh pizza cost a mere € 5.50, but if I really wanted to pinch pennies, the margarita is a frankly astonishing € 3.20.
Mafiosi is situated between Mariahilfer Straße and Sechshauser Straße, a five minute walk from the U6 Gumpendorfer Straße station. This is the 15th district of Vienna, not typically known as a hotbed of culture, and a definite deviation from the well-beaten tourist track. Reindorfgasse, however, is a lovely street with a park, church, and other excellent venues and confirms why this negative appraisal of the area is hasty.
Nevertheless, my expectations regarding the quality weren’t necessarily high. I had to change my opinion pretty quickly. The interior is dimly lit but tasteful, and importantly, not only did the restaurant fulfil my fiscal criteria, it surprised me with the quality of the food. Ok, it’s no showstopper, but it goes way beyond passable. The pizza is large enough that the edges hang over the plate. It’s pretty hard to imagine you could get this sort of value by cooking at home. So just how can they justify these sorts of prices? In a city like Vienna? Some places might jack up the prices of drinks. Not here. A beer is € 1.80. Sprite and Coke are even cheaper, coming in at € 1.30. I ordered two meals and paid € 13.10 for drinks and food. What can I say? I’m a cheap date.