By far my new-found fave Italian eatery, Vapiano creates a modern European touch on a standard Italian restaurant. On entering each individual receives a bespoke credit card so when it comes to paying the bill everything is made MUCH easier and there's no awkward moments of 'should we split the bill' or 'well you had an extra glass of coke' (CRINGE!) You pick your own spot amongst the sharing table (sorry if you're one of those people who hate to communicate with strangers) for that extra Italian 'family touch.'
Selecting your dish from the menu you then take your little bespoke card to the counter which are divided out quite simply into; Pizza, Pasta & Risotto or Antipasti & Insalata. You then place your order with the chef and they make it right in front of you - pretty cool right? Watching the chef cook your meal from scratch is a great touch too this non-expensive restaurant. You can have your pasta cooked to perfection in no-time, if you want more/less onions then you just let them know and they'll happily cook it to your taste.
Spoilt for choice, we decided to split the barbecue pizza created with chicken breast, barbecue sauce, smoked cheese and mozzarella with and a fresh salad bowl which we had made bespoke for us at the counter. The freshness of the meal was undeniable and was just as tasty as you can imagine. Fresh pizza cooked right in front of you - who could complain?
I really liked the whole function of Vapiano, you kind of were left to get on with it yourself which is sometimes refreshing when you've had a long day at work and you just want to relax and unwind. The best part is, one has just opened up in Manchester too so I can assure you I'll be paying this eatery a second visit very soon!