Suddenly it’s quiet. Entering the narrow Servitengasse from Jörg-Mauthe-Platz, where the D tram clangs its bell and a constant stream of traffic fills the street, it is the peace and quiet at this place which first surprises you. Trees line the street and the fragrance of lime blossom wafts through the air. Mothers with prams have made themselves comfortable and chat away on park benches; students and business people use their lunch or coffee breaks to relax in the shade of large trees. Two older men discuss the latest political developments. The atmosphere is all but reminiscent of village life – neighbours greet each other across the street, a young woman sits on a stool on the pavement in front of a shop and speaks into her mobile phone. Restaurant and café owners have also already recognised the value of their residential street. At least one or two tables can be found in front of almost each and every café and restaurant: most of the latter also spill out onto the pavement. The chairs and tables jostling for space at the gate-like start of the Servitengasse belong to different restaurants. “DIE SERVIETTE” is one; the other two comprise the exquisite “PORZELLAN” and Ristorante SCALA, where you can get the best pizza in the district, if not in all Vienna, according to the unanimous opinion of passers-by.