With its vaulted ceiling and dark, gleaming wainscoting, the elegantly appointed Hofkeller offers the most innovative Italian cuisine in the city. The engaging waitstaff lets you linger over complimentary appetizers—Gaeta olives, cheese sticks, fresh-baked breads, and a plate of Parma ham, which is thinly sliced before your eyes on a big oak table in the center of the room—before bringing the huge blackboard menu to your table. Look for the generous arugula salad with
shaved Parmesan, pasta with salami and cherry tomatoes, and lightly fried John Dory atop a mound of grilled vegetables. Guests are invited to sample a wine before ordering by the glass.
Hofgasse 8, Graz, Styria, 8010, Austria