This was our second time at Villa Mozart, coming six months after a surprise birthday dinner with close friends and family. This time was also a birthday, and the menu didn't disappoint. The restaurant's name may suggest a fairly old-fashioned Austrian restaurant, but the style is northern Italian, with some modern touches. The menu includes first courses, pasta courses, and second courses in the Italian fashion, but a prix-fixe option is also available and usually a great deal (pick one from each course, for less than the cost if ordered separately).
A "caviar" of red beets was a terrific starter, and the saddle of rabbit also an excellent main dish. But for us the stars were the pasta dishes, in this case a southern German spaetzle which was light and fluffy, as well as a spinach knoedel which was also a stand-out. The wine list is very good and the desserts included some modern variations, sorbets and foams, which were light and refreshing, not at all what one might expect from the "Mozart" theme. (One note: our waiter hadn't yet learned to pour without leaving some wine dripping on the side of the bottle - a small but noticeable gaffe in a restaurant of this caliber.)
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