Vapiano for dinner, "Somewhere between the nicest of fast casual and hippest of casual dining restaurants is VAPIANO. " Yes, this is the sentence they wrote, it doesn't seem to make sense and I am pretty sure they left out some words. The main point of this sentence is that Vapiano is a really hip and fun way to get good food fast.
The decor was modern with potted herbs lining the walls and long tables surrounded by stools. When you first arrive you receive a card and then go up to either the pizza, pasta, or salad stations to order. Upon finishing your order, you swipe your card and the dish is added.
My friends ordered the pizza and a salad while I ordered the wheat pasta with pesto sauce. They said their pizza was good, though not exceptional. The pasta was a little overcooked; however, the pesto sauce was great. When I ordered the pesto sauce they put freshly pureed basil in a pan with freshly diced garlic, olive oil, and a few extra pine nuts. Judged as okay food, with healthy options.
When we were done with our meal we went to the register, handed the hostess our cards, and paid for our individual meals on our cards. My friends pointed out that because of the ordering and card system Vapiano is a great place to have dinner or lunch with a group - people can order when they arrive and there is no check to divvy up at the end. Vapiano is also located near the Ballston Metro. Judged a good place for groups with a hip atmosphere.