How do you like your pizza? Rabbit shaped? Vapiano in Southwark Street welcomes children of all ages and loves to introduce them to the delights of Italian cuisine. Harriet saw for herself how they make pizza and tucked into a dish of olives while she waited for it to cook.
Olivia sampled the Bruschetta, then she had the Carbonara and I the Arrabbiata. What makes this restaurant so different is that the meals are cooked at the station you queue at and you can add or subtract ingredients you want more of or don't like. The pasta dishes come in four price groups ranging from £6.75 to £9.75, similarly the pizza. There are also specials to choose from and a salad bar.
Another innovation is the "chip card" you are each given on arrival – you swipe this when ordering your food and drinks. This is perfect for friends dining together but paying separately. This also means you can let older children sort out their own food.
The seating area is well spaced (great for families with buggies and other paraphernalia) and there are various table heights with high chairs to match.
Harriet loved wandering around and investigating the dried pasta displays.
The Vapiano philosophy is relaxed lunching/dining – perfect for families and for friends enjoying a meal together.
And with the chip card there'll be no arguing over the bill!
For international locations visit Vapiana
Vapiana London 1: 19-21 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QB – 020 7268 0083
Vapiana London 11: 90B Southwark Street, SE1 0FD – 020 7593 2011