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Vapiano: New Self-Service Italian in Frankfurt

A Franchise “Italian” — can this work ?   It can.
Earlier this month I heard of this brandnew restaurant right is the center of frankfurt’s city as an unconventional, though delicious alternative to the established Italian restaurants.
When entering the location through its only entrance, I was suprised by the number of people who obviously had already made Vapiano a crowded ‘In-Location’.
After receiving my RFID-card from a very friendly hostess at the cashier’s desk, I passed by the bar and lounge area, which let me into a large room with long tables (somewhat similiar to a beer garden) and several counters where a dozen chefs were busy preparing fresh italian food on customer’s demands. Though the speed clearly makes the service suffer.
For the newcomer orientation is somewhat difficult here, since there are no guides helping you out on where to order which one of the offered specialties; an the cooks are way too busy for long explanations.
The food itself is as hummy as you would expect, after having watched its lively preparation, though some herbs like oregano or thyme may not have hurt the pasta’s taste and my assigned cook could not really keep his own promise of a ‘medium’-cooked tuna on my pasta.
But that’s all been corrected by the fresh basil and rosemary growing on literally every table, awaiting a demanding customer to pick their leaves off.
While queueing for the next portion it hit me, that it my not be bad to have access to the data that had been stored on my RFID-card’s account so far, to avoid trouble with probable booking accidents, when finally paying at the restaurant’s exit.
Aside all that I have to admit being convinced by the concept’s success and – in most cases – the high quality of the freshly prepared food and ingredients either.
I’ll surely pay them a visit again at my next trip to frankfurt or one of the other locations they are currently expanding to.
The one I visited is located at Goetheplatz in Frankfurt/Main.

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