VAPIANO
Brisbane, Queensland

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In the heart of the city, just down the road from Brisbane Arcade is Vapiano, the wondrous lovechild of traditional Italian recipes and quality local produce. Here, the pasta and pizza dough are made fresh daily - in true Italian fashion - and fresh growing herbs grace the tables for diners to scatter on their dishes at will. The cavernous restaurant can seat 250 people, and frequently fills up.
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General info

Address:

191 Albert Street
Brisbane CBD QLD 4000

Suburb:

Brisbane CBD

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Cuisine:

European, Italian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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We walked in to the entrance to be face to face with a giant pasta machine that provided the restaurant with its pasta. Packaged into single serve bags with a window on the front, the type of pasta was clearly visible, from the family favourite spaghetti to penne. This window also showed us what Vapiano is all about, fresh and quick Italian pasta and pizza. This Italian restaurant is hidden in the alley way of Albert Lane off of Albert St in the city.

Inside were bar height tables with stools that promoted quick meals especially since it does a large lunch trade during the work week. The meals were cooked to order as you stood in front of the chef customizing your own dish with extra Parmesan, chilli or herbs to your taste. You could also pimp up your pizza or pasta by the basil or rosemary growing on the tables. Some think they’re decorative and I wondered if people were looking at me picking and eating the rosemary leaves off of the bush.

The pizzas that we ordered took very little time as they were cooked fresh in the oven but we were able to sit briefly with our buzzers and catch up after not seeing each other for some time. The pizzas cooked from fresh dough were thin, not crunchy but bready and not oily like other pizzas are. They were topped with perfectly melted mozzarella forming strings of cheese when you ripped the pizza apart. The Salami pizza had large pieces of round salami which was mild, and the Pesto con Spinaci smelt strongly of basil from the pesto and looked fresh like a salad from the fresh spinach and tomato salsa piled on top. Prawns and pesto, bolognese, and chicken breast pastas were on the menu as well as simple Margherita pizzas to fig, prosciutto, acacia honey with a tomato base topped with mozzarella.

The restaurant is very convenient for lunch, but pick the wrong time and you can be waiting some time. Although some of the pizza and pastas cost more than other restaurants, its the fresh concept that you are paying for and I think that this is more important than the price.
Kristin Hatherley

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Features

Cheap & Cheerful
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
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