Touted as a European “fresh casual” chain, Vapiano in Mockingbird Station is known for its gourmet salads, house-made pasta and fire-roasted pizzas. But “fresh casual” for Europeans is a far cry from what Americans may expect from the concept.
Vapiano isn’t the type of eatery you’ll want to roll up in wearing last year’s “Fun Run” t-shirt with flip-flops.
The décor is sleek and ordering is streamlined by the restaurant’s “chip card” payment system. The card is embedded with a smart chip that allows diners to order from different stations before paying for everything after an employee inputs their order into a point of sale machine.
Anything that shortens the time in between ordering and shoveling food into your mouth sounds like a winner to us.
Forget your American dash-and-dine mentality and marinate on the fact that there’s a real Olive Tree and an indoor herb garden inside the restaurant.
Vapiano opens on May 11.