Vapiano: A Taste of Italia in Dubai ~ Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Jan 26, 2013

Vapiano: A Taste of Italia in Dubai

"Buonissimo!" I heard that word from my husband, as he munched a slice of pizza at Vapiano, while my full attention was still on taking food pictures for Instagram. Yes, I'm one of those IG addicts who snap first and eat later. :)  I grabbed a slice after I uploaded a photo online. My eyes widened the moment I had my first bite, I ecstatically said "Namit"! Though we said  two different languages, Ed in Italian and I in Ilonggo (a dialect of my province), we both had the same satisfied expressions. 

Vapiano at The Dubai Mall

Vapiano at Dubai Mall is an Italian cafe and restaurant that we have ignored for several years; I know it has been there for 3 years or so. I just realized that we have been jumping from one restaurant to another and mistakenly neglected its presence. 

Dining at Vapiano is like dining in a trattoria in Italy according to my husband. The only difference is that we used a chipcard upon placing our order at a station rather than paying directly in cash. We were quite confused at first, we sat and waited a few minutes for a wait staff to come and take our order. Then, we realized that we need to go to the stations directly with our chipcard.         

How to dine the Vapiano way:
How to dine at Vapiano

The Chipcard: present this card upon ordering at the live-cooking stations
Chip card at Vapiano

Vapiano has four stations; live-cooking stations for salad and antipasti, pizza and pasta, and a bar for desserts and drinks. I always love to see a dish prepared before my very eyes. Watching the chef work on the dishes with fresh ingredients somehow tells me that I'll be having a good meal. 

The Live-Cooking Stations
Vapiano's Salad Station

Vapiano's Pizza Station

Vapiano's condiments for Salad

Vapiano's Pasta Station

Vapiano's Pasta Station 2

Vapiano's cooking masters

Lady with chip card

Every time we are in an Italian restaurant, my husband becomes a translator and a teacher. He translates what I couldn't understand on the menu and he teaches me Italian words. So, when it comes to Italian food, I often rely on him. As he suggested, we ordered a plate of Prociutto E Funghi pizza, that's beef ham and mushroom. We also ordered an Insalata Mista which means mixed vegetable salad in English.
Ed at Vapiano

Lady at Vapiano

Our Italian dinner up-close:
Complimentary Italian bread
complimentary Italian bread

Mixed SAlad with Balsamic
Insalata Mista with Balsamic dressing

Prociutto E Funghi pizza
Prociutto E Funghi pizza

Insalata Mista is a mix of lettuce, carrots and cherry tomatoes. The chef asked me which salad dressing I want, without a doubt I chose balsamic vinaigrette. It's light, tangy and zesty, with a hint of sweetness. Among the list of pizzas on the menu, we didn't went wrong in choosing Prociutto E Funghi. The pizza crust is thin and crispy; it didn't overpower the flavor of the toppings. The pizza only has beef ham, mushroom and cheese. It looked very simple, but it has that distinct Italian taste; something most pizza chains cannot offer.

We noticed the quotes, which seem to be chalk-written on a huge board, above the cooking stations. My fave is on the second photo, it says "Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more,  talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all the good things will be yours." Oh and I also love the Italian quote on the menu, "chi va piano va sano e va lontano"; in English, "Those who go slow and steady wins the race!" :)

chalk board 1

Chalk board 2

The Bill for 2:

Insalata Mista: 20 AED
Procuitto E Fungi Pizza: 45 AED
Cola: 9 AED each
Total: 83 AED


  1. oh my ang mura. :-) never been to Vapiano before. My to go Italian resto is Urbano's and Carluccios. :-)

    1. We were also surprised to see the affordable prices on the menu. You should try it soon. :)

  2. OH!! I loove Italian restaurants! I am seriously craving for a pizza and pasta right now. :)

    1. grab a bite Louise, satisfy your pizza cravings! heheh! :)

  3. Everything looks sooo yummy! Like Louise, I love Italian food, too!

  4. I love your trips! How do you keep the weight off? You are slim!

    1. I actually gained a few pounds Kat! I was really thin before hubby came here, then our food trips gave me additional inches in the waistline. :)

  5. Cards instead of cash? That's very unique. We don't have that yet here in the Phils. so it's something new to me. I love your adventures. :-)

  6. I was just thinking about taking the boyfriend to this Italian restaurant in Greenhills and then all of a sudden I see your post. Lalo tuloy akong ginutom! hehe :)

  7. Is it not strict in Dubai? Do they allow us to shoot first before eating!

    1. You can do the normal things in Dubai, of course except public display of affection, wearing skimpy clothes. :)

  8. I like Procuitto and I like pizza! But I like Italian food in general.

  9. Buti na lang I just had lunch. The food in your photos look so yummy! And yes, like you, I take a photo of my food first before eating it haha.

  10. Wow, nice to see they have this How To Dine sort of leaflet. Great foods indeed.

  11. What a great idea and wonderful looking food.

  12. This makes me crave for pizza again.

  13. im an italian food addict... food sure looks good!!!! i just wish we had more italian restos in zambo...i will have to wait for a metro trip just to satisfy myself...

  14. Hhmmm... I like pizza but I love pasta.