For those who don't know, Vapiano  is a casual dining Italian restaurant chain that has been rapidly spreading its great food and unique approach to dining around the world. At the time of this article, there are over 200 Vapianos in 33 countries and there are now two locations in Prague with a third one on the way.

Vapiano Restaurant interier Prague
Starting in Hamburg Germany in 2002, Vapiano had a simple philosophy, based on an old Italian proverb, "If you have an easy going and relaxed approach to life, you'll live more healthily and longer". Vapiano takes this idea and creates a reasonably priced restaurant with an upmarket ambience.

I checked out the central location in the Quadrio shopping mall at Narodni třida. It's a big open and bright space. One wall is floor to ceiling windows, with a view of bustling Spálené street. The large space seats 220, with large tables for sharing and smaller more intimate spaces as well. Each table has its own herbs, growing in little pots, to be picked fresh as desired. They also have their own chilli oil made right in the restaurant. There is always at least one olive tree growing in every Vapiano and the Quadric location has two. There is a children's corner for the little ones and a bar at one end for the adults.

Vapiano restaurant Prague food
In addition to the chilli oil, Vapiano also makes its own pesto, sauces, ice tea (in five flavours) and eleven different kinds of pasta made fresh every day, right there as well. You can see it for yourself as the whole production takes place behind glass panel walls in full view of the diners. Everything at Vapiano is fresh. Each location sources as much as they can locally so there will always be some variation in the menus from one location to the next, depending on what's available but whether it's locally sourced vegetables and eggs or imported Italian mozzarella, a standard of high quality ingredients is strictly adhered to. All products, they use, are tested by Vapiano HQ to make sure they meet the highest quality standards.

At Vapiano they have no servers. There is no one between you and the person who prepares your food. When you enter the restaurant, you receive a "chip card".  You use your card to purchase things from one of the many serving stations or the bar, as many times as you like for as long as you are there. When you're ready to leave, you simply present your card and pay the balance at the till. Simple. The only hard part is choosing what to eat.

Vapiano comes to Prague
Vapiano has four pasta stations where your pasta is prepared while you watch. A pizza and lasagne station and a salad and antipasto station. All the stations have soup. There is a great variety of Italian favourites and a few items that fall into the general category of "Mediterranean" but without question, something for everyone. They even spice up the menu every three months with new seasonal specials.

If you live in Prague or just here for a visit, give Vapiano a try. Great food at good prices in a space that makes you want to stay for more. It's a great place to come with friend or family but if you're alone, grab a seat at one of the long oak tables. They're very conducive to spontaneous conversation. Don't be surprised if all you talk about is the food.

Vapiano restaurant for kids Prague
You can learn more about Vapiano and check out their menu and winter specials at their website, or just drop by the Quadrio or Chodov Roztylska locations. The Chodov location has a large kids area so it's great for families.

Steve Meyers

  Vapiano PragueVAPIANO PRAHA 1
OC Quadrio Spálená 2121/22, Prague 1

Opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 11.00 - 23.00, Fri - Sat: 11.00 - 23.00, Sun: 11.00 - 23.00

Tel.: +420 225 017 160
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Vapiano PragueVAPIANO PRAHA 4
Centrum Chodov Roztylská 2321/19, Prague 4

Opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 10.00 - 22.00, Fri - Sat: 10.00 - 22.00, Sun: 10.00 - 22.00

Tel.: +420 246 086 626
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