Make your way through one of innermost Steyr's courtyards to reach a Viennese-type Kaffeehaus sharing attractively decorated space with a chic eatery devoted primarily to Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. Opened in 1980, stone-floored and candlelit for rusticity, the intimate restaurant section (accommodating 25-30 customers) has earned a coveted Gault-Millau toque for culinary excellence and a connoisseur-caliber wine list.

Main courses range €12.50-23. Among them: carpaccio with risotto and mushroom salad (€13), selected portions of garlic-buttered scampi (€10.50-12.50) and noodles/mushrooms (€12.50).

Contact: Café Restaurant Rahofer, Stadtplatz 9, 4400 Steyr, tel: +43/7252/54606, fax 54606, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.restaurant-rahofer.at

Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 15/20