Brisbane’s Taste of Italy

While Italy remains close to a 25 hour flight from Brisbane, our love of Italian food is as strong as if they were next door, and that means competition is fierce to find the best Italian in our great city. Last night though, I was fortunate enough to head out to one of Brisbane’s best destinations for Italian cuisine.

Vapiano is a chain of Italian restaurants around the world, and most recently, in the Garden City shopping complex in Brisbane. This newest addition to the chain is located in the freshly renovated food court of Westfields essentially brand new centre.

Brisbane is lucky enough to be the first city in Australia to have more then one Vapiano and visiting the restaurant, it is clear to see that there is still excess demand. (Brisbanites remain unafraid of carbs it seems)

At 6:30 on a Tuesday night, which you usually expect to be fairly dead, especially in a shopping centre that is closed, Vapiano was packed! Although somehow, we had no trouble finding a table, venturing upstairs in the two-floor venue.

Ordering at Vapiano is a slightly different twist on a traditional restaurant experience; upon arrival you’re given a menu and a hotel-key type of card, which you charge all your food and drinks onto for the night, and pay when you leave, just like opening a tab at any bar.

When ordering pasta or antipasto, you line up, order your meal, and then watch the chefs work their magic. You choose which pasta you want your dish to be cooked with, from penne to tagliatelle, all the pasta is handmade within the restaurant, making it unfathomably delicious.

The pasta is absolutely incredible, and always cooked to perfection, it is really hard to go wrong if you’re ordering pasta in an Italian restaurant, but Vapiano takes it to the next level. Served with complimentary bread, you had better go there ready to take carb-loading up to that next level.

Be warned though, with this style of dining, it really does matter what the person in front of you orders as to how long you’ll be waiting. Which is normally fine, and pasta really doesn’t take long to make, and normal people order one or two dishes right? Unfortunately for my sister and I last night, the guy in front of us ordered no less then nine dishes, NINE BOWLS OF PASTA. Lucky this pasta is well worth any wait, and a small, non-hungry, part of me almost wanted to congratulate him on his passion for pasta, something I can very much appreciate.

The pasta-man aside, we got our meals fairly quickly, and with great gusto headed upstairs to devour them. I could bang on forever about how amazing this pasta is, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

No amount of pasta however, would fill our desert stomachs, and we rolled ourselves up to the bar afterwards to get a little something to fill that sweet sweet void. Dessert may not be what you think of immediately when thinking about Italian food, but it sure should be, make sure you leave room for course number two! (or three, or four, no judgement.)

The Gates of Heaven
The Gates of Heaven
Tuesday Hectic-ness
Tuesday Hectic-ness
Fresh Basil on the Table
Fresh Basil on the Table
Pomodoro Tagliatelle: Heaven
Pomodoro Tagliatelle: Heaven
Basil Fusille
Basil Fusille
Caprese Pizza: Sarah couldn't wait!
Caprese Pizza: Sarah couldn’t wait!
Nutella Cheesecake took Sarahs fancy
Nutella Cheesecake took Sarahs fancy
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce and Honeycomb: Perfection
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce and Honeycomb: Perfection
Mascarpone and Whipped Cream with Strawberry Deliciousness
Mascarpone and Whipped Cream with Strawberry Deliciousness
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