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 three locations in Prague, two of them directly in the city centre.

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 Quadrio location has two. There is a children's corner for the little ones and a bar at one end for the adults.

Vapiano Prague Family Pizza
In addition to the chilli oil, Vapiano also makes its own pesto, sauces, ice tea (in six 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, different in each restaurant, 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 Myslbek 31
You can learn more about Vapiano and check out their menu, lunch menu mamma Mia and specials at their website, cz.vapiano.com or just drop by the Quadrio, Myslbek or Chodov locations.

Steve Meyers


         
  Vapiano Quadrio VAPIANO Prague Logo
OC Quadrio,
Spálená 22, Prague 1
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 11am - 11pm
Tel.: +420 225 017 160
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VAPIANO Prague LogoVapiano Myslbek
NG Myslbek,
Na Příkopě 19-21, Prague 1
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 11am - 11pm
Tel.: +420 246 086 621
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VAPIANO Prague LogoVapiano Chodov

Centrum Chodov,
Roztylská 19, Prague 4
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 10pm
Tel.: +420 246 086 626
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Web: www.vapiano.cz

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