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Posted by PA Mike on 11/01/2010
Vapiano's is for a young crowd that likes what's hip. The food was good and the ingredients fresh, but you have to buy into the concept of watching as your selection is prepared to your order. It takes about 15 minutes for pasta, depending on the skill of the chef. With a crowd, standing in line for 30-45 minutes to wait your turn is a turn off. I prefer to sit at my table, visiting with family and friends. Order pizza for faster preparation. Still, you must pick up silverware, napkins, and your food and take it to your table. It's like going to a fast food restaurant that isn't fast but the food is good. There is no service to speak of. You walk to the bar or dessert area to retrieve your selection. The background music was good but rather loud for having dinner conversation. Swipe cards for recording your order avoid the waiting for a server to bring your check. I liked that because I couldn't wait to get out of there.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2007
This place is an absolute gem. Really creative pizzas. Simple, good pastas. Innovative salads. And a bar. What more do you need? Everyone gets a swipe card when you go in, so splitting the check isn't necessary. You just go to one of the four counters (pizza, pasta, salad or alcohol), order what you want and the price goes on your card. But it's also about the vibe. Very open with cool photos of people really enjoying food on the walls. Long bench-tables that remind me of a German pub where it's about community dining and sharing great food. The best part is the condiments on the table: fresh, potted herbs such as basil and rosemary, so you can just pluck off a few leaves and throw them in your food if you want some extra flavor. This place is really unique and an added charm to the Ballston area.