It's been a year since fast casual Italian eatery, Vapiano, opened in Chicago's Loop. I stopped by when the restaurant first opened, and attended the opening party last August. I got to sample a wide variety of items off the menu, however, since it was a special event, I didn't really get a feel for the way the operations side of things worked.
The restaurant is set up with different stations for pizza, pasta, salads, drinks, and desserts. Essentially, you go around to each station with a card that you tap after ordering. Your order is added to your card and you pay on your way out. It's an easy way to sample a few items, without having to dig out your wallet each time.
I stopped by with my friend Sharon after work one day, and we loaded up our cards with a variety of drinks and dishes. First, I tried a classic Aperol spritz.
|Strawberry Spinach Salad|
We also split the crudo pizza with mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, and parmesan. This was the best thing we had all night. The crust was soft, yet crispy and the prosciutto was quite yummy. While we were in no hurry the night we dined, the pizzas do take a bit of time to cook, which we were warned about by the staff.
|Chocolate Mousse & Tiramisu|
|New York Style Cheesecake|
Note: my meal at Vapiano was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
44 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603