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March 23, 2009

1800 M St. #6 N.W., Washington D.C. 20036
Nearest Metro: Farragut North

cafeteria style ordering

cafeteria style ordering


An international concept, Vapiano’s originated in Germany; its first US outposts dot the D.C. metro area.  But those who don’t live here in D.C. shouldn’t fret yet, according to their website, they plan to expand even further and open 100 US locations.

When you get to the restaurant, you are greeted at the host stand and given a “debt card” where all you charge all your purchases throughout the bar and restaurant.  It was a beautiful night Friday night, the patio was packed and open, so when I arrived around 7:00 pm they were out of debt cards.  Luckily, someone was checking out and two minutes later I was able to meet my friends at one of the long, family style dining tables, perfect for chatting up cute strangers.

There are no servers at this restaurant; everything is made to order, cafeteria style.  You wait in line at at a designated spot (depending on what you are ordering) and watch your chef create one of their signature pastas or pizzas.  The price is right too, nothing is over $11.00.

I ordered the classic pomodoro with a little cream and my friends split the carbonara.  The servings aren’t as large as typical American chains, and I was able to finish on my own.  While the food wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, it was very satisfying and a very fun atmosphere.  The happy hour specials are pretty decent too, with three dollar house wine and Peroni on tap.  I love the concept of “fast food noodles” and this really elevates it for a fun night out or an inexpensive date.

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