(04) 2326-5151, 2328-8853
221, ZhongXing St, West Dist.
Hours: 10 am-12 midnight (dining
service begins 11 am)
English menu available.
Credit cards accepted (except AE).
This stylish Italian restaurant is part of a German Hamburg-based chain with 133 branches globally. With its self-service concept, all customers get an IC card that tracks orders and is presented to the cashier before leaving. Pizzas/pasta choices are organized into four groups by price (NT$240-480) with eight pasta-noodle and three ravioli options made daily with German durum wheat. There's also a good selection of alcohol (including cocktails and wines), coffee, tea, desserts and appetizers. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Sho Huang
A. The NT$480 Diavolo, with spicy Italian sausage and other toppings, is among 19 thin-crust, 10-inch pizzas (including Calzone); the same-priced Filetto Di Manzo E Rucola, pictured with Campanelle pasta, includes tender USDA beef filets, liberally covered with rocket salad.)
B. Diners place and pick up pizza/pasta orders at the open kitchen and carry them to tables. Seating is usually open (staff assign tables on weekends/holidays).
C. Directly across the Calligraphy Greenway from Park Lane/Eslite mall, Vapiano has comfortable tables downstairs and lounge-style seating and bar upstairs.