My kids love Winer Schnitzel! A true summer food in my opinion, as it is time to go to the “Biergarten” and on road trips and to restaurants serving “gut bürgerliche Küche” - a term which describes a restaurant serving home style traditional German food - most preferred by my parents. Kids always order Schnitzel with Pommes (fries) without ever checking the menu. It’s served with a salad and a lemon slice which will have to do for vegetables. Or serve it with potato salad - add some cucumbers to that and you are all set.
I always use pork for my Wiener Schnitzel instead of veal. So the correct and proper name for this dish (by law) should actually be “Schnitzel Wiener Art” because a true “Wiener Schnitzel” is always made of veal. Wiener Schnitzel is an Austrian invention dating back to the 18th century. The earliest written documentation of a Wiener Schnitzel dates back to 1768. There is even documentation dating to 1719 about the Austrian practice of breading and frying vegetables and meat.
There are some entertaining stories about the Italian origin of the Wiener Schnitzel which appear to be completely invented in the 1860s when relationships between Italy and Austria were rather tense. The author, Felice Cùnsolo, embellished anecdotes that claimed that the Wiener Schnitzel was a copy of the Milanese “cotoletta alla milanese”. He published an invented legend claiming that the field marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz brought the recipe from Italy to Vienna in 1857, in his book “Guida gastronomica d’Italia”. This story was very convincing and deceived many cookbook authors.