Being a Vegetarian/Vegan has definitely caused me to find more creative and flexible restaurants so that I can find delicious, well-priced food that aligns with my beliefs and values. One of my favorite Veggie friendly restaurants in the Boston Gardens area is Vapiano on Stuart St.
Vapiano is a very cool restaurant. The restaurant is very open and inviting with a modern yet simple design based on clean lines, bright reds paired with muted tans and gorgeous wooden tables. It has a great, relaxed feel that carries over to your own dining experience and helps loosen the knots in your shoulders and back after a long day at work. Seriously it’s super awesome. Okay, I’m getting carried away but I really like it (read about my first visit here).
When you first walk in you’re greeted by a host that distributes each person a “credit card”. This is how you essentially bill yourself for your meal and drinks – it’s pretty nifty. What you do is walk around to each area, choose what you’d like to have, swipe your card and then enjoy!
I especially enjoy watching the cooks whip up my meal right in front of me and the best part is that they use very fresh ingredients that are prepared just for you. Essentially each plate of pasta, every pizza and salad is made to order with super fresh ingredients - the pastas are hand crafted every morning and you can even see the potted herb plants right in the cooking area.
The best part? I could choose exactly what I wanted in my pasta.
My pasta was served in a very large and unique bowl that fanned out on the sides and had lots of room for lots of pasta. I choose the Pasta Primavera made up of a rainbow of veggies: zucchini, peppers, broccoli, bok choy, roasted tomatoes and tossed with lemon, olive oil and fresh herbs. Along with the pasta I enjoyed fresh bread dipped in delicious olive oil and a glass of La Fiera Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy. It was nice and crisp with subtle flavors of peaches and apples – a truly perfect accompaninment to my pasta.
Last night was extra special since they had a couple musicians playing some great jazz standards. We enjoyed dinner in their comfy lounge area and barely spoke to each other as we listened to the music and enjoyed the amazing food.
Overall, dinner was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. It was a great night.