Vapiano

Date Visited: February 3, 2017 | Address: 113 University Place

Motto: “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano.

“If you have an easy-going and relaxed approach to life, you’ll live more healthily and longer.”

Vapiano is your personalized Italian kitchen accented with glassed-in manifattura and dimly-lit but boisterous dining spaces.

Using a special credit card that a cashier hands you at the door, you order pasta, pizzas, antipasti, and salads directly from chefs at individual stations around the restaurant.

Watch your favorite dish be created from scratch, individually crafted with your pasta, ravioli, or bread of choice; refined with melted cheeses and thick, aromatic creams; and garnished with oregano, chili peppers, basil, or other spices from the herb garden.

The best part about the experience, of course, is actually eating the food with everyone else. The long oak tables on the first and second floors are, as Vapiano proclaims, “an open invitation to communication,” a communal space where friends, family, and strangers talk, laugh, and enjoy their individualized meals together.

You don’t pay until you’ve enjoyed every last morsel of food and time at your table.

Then, using a smart-card payment system, you pay the bill, thank the cashier, and grab a handful of free gummy bears from the jar on the front desk. A playful dessert to finish off a colorful meal.

As you walk out the door, you’re already thinking of the next dish you want to craft. Linguine with alfredo sauce and button mushrooms. Bowtie pasta with pesto, olives, anchovies, and grilled shrimp. Pizza with every possible topping. Or maybe a simple biscotti with some afternoon coffee. Whatever you make will be an adventure for your taste buds.

The options are truly endless.

Order:

  1. Salads & Soups:

  2. Strawberry Spinach Salad (baby spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, red onion, raspberry maple dressing)

  3. Tomato Soup

  4. Pasta:

  5. Carbonara Pasta (campanelle pasta with bacon, egg, parmesan, and onions in a cream sauce)

  6. Ravioli Ricotta E Spinaci (ravioli with spinach and ricotta filling, tomato sauce)

  7. Ravioli Con Carne (ravioli with bolognese filling, fresh vegetables, creamy tomato sauce)

  8. Crema Di Funghi (linguini with oyster and button mushrooms in a light white wine, cream sauce)

Photos: Amy Dong | Edited by: Amy Dong and Sandra Poh

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