The New IT Place in Town

The New IT Place in Town

If you follow any other Scottish bloggers, which I am sure you do, you will recognise this place, the new Italian restaurant everyone is shouting about. I see this little place on my way to university daily and I just knew I had to check it out, something drew me to it, maybe it was the fact it was Italian, if you read here regularly you know I go crazy for a good Italian, or maybe it was because of how fun and fresh the place looked with the gorgeous red logo and the greenery wall that every Glasgow based blogger has posed in front of, or perhaps it was all the rave reviews I have read over Twitter, Instagram and blogs over the past few weeks, but either way, I was ready to shove my face in the biggest bowl of pasta they had. 

I went along with my sister for a complimentary visit to their Glasgow restaurant, based on Buchanan Street, it is hard to miss. It is incorporated into the old HMV building, using what I assume is the second and third floor, but the entrance is on the first floor between Topshop and New Look Man. The first thing we noticed was how fresh everything looked, with gorgeous oak wood tables and plants and herbs potted on every single table. Once we got upstairs we were told to take a seat anywhere we pleased which I loved, there is something really nice about not being assigned seats in a restaurant, maybe just because it's not the norm. We ordered our drinks, I got a Vapiano ice tea in one of their gorgeous, branded bottles, the black tea peach vanilla. I love that they not only make their own iced teas, but they also have little branded bottles, it makes drinking them feel like you're getting the entire experience of the restaurant. It tastes very similar to the Wagamama peach iced tea which is one of my all-time favourite restaurant drinks. My sister got a coke, typical of her not to branch out and try something new. 

The New IT Place in Town

What I loved most about this restaurant was that you got to watch the chef make your pasta right in front of you. Once you have had a look at the menu and picked your dish you walk over to the array of counters and ask for your dish. I got the carbonara, picking the campanelle pasta, another great perk is that you get to choose from all the different kinds of pasta which you would like in your dish. They even have spelt pasta and pasta for kids, so there is an option for everyone. We spoke to the chef who was making my dish, whose name I have forgotten and watched him as he made the dish right in front of us, asking if I would like extras, garlic or chilli and so on. I added bacon and garlic to my dish and watched. He was so lovely and friendly, which is always great, good service is always a perk. My sister wanted a lasagne which you order from the pizza counter, so you don't get to see it being made, but she was given a buzzer to go over and collect her's when it was ready. We also got two garlic bread, a cheese-topped one and a normal one, we could have just gotten one to share as they were massive, the size of a small pizza. 

My favourite thing about the store, other than the food, is the cool and tech-savvy way in which you pay for your food. Upon arrival, you are given a card, similar to a store loyalty card and any time you make an order you scan the card to add the item to your bill. Each counter where you order had a scanner while the machines the waiters had to order your drinks and dessert had one on them. Once you finish and head back downstairs is where you pay, you hand over your card which is scanned one last time and your bill total comes up on the till. How cool and forward thinking is that? I've never seen a restaurant with that type of thing before so I was extremely interested in how it all worked. 

The New IT Place in Town

The New IT Place in Town
My pasta was absolutely stunning, I have never tasted a better carbonara and trust me, I have tried my fair share of carbonaras, it was incredible. It had the perfect amount of flavour, perfect consistency, just the right amount of garlic and bacon. If I could marry a dish, I would marry this carbonara. It was a huge portion and I have a tiny stomach so I didn't finish it in the restaurant, but one of the lovely waiting staff got it for me in a to-go box and I was able to take it home and finish it later, which I did and again, I adored every drop. My sister demolished her lasagne, she said it was one of the best lasagnas she has ever tried and she loves lasagne so that is definitely a huge compliment to the restaurant. The garlic bread was the only let down for us, they were a little too thick and doughy for our taste, but that is just our preference. 
The New IT Place in Town

The New IT Place in Town


After our mains, we ordered from the Dolci menu, otherwise known as the sweets menu. The desserts are available to see at the bar so we went over to look at them all. I am not a big dessert person, but their desserts are very unique, little glass jars and no cake, perfect for me who doesn't like cake. I picked the ciccolata foresta nera, which consisted of layers of white, milk and dark chocolate with Nutella, Italian sponge fingers topped with vanilla cream. I may not be the biggest dessert fan, but this was my favourite dessert ever, it was so creamy and delicious, I would definitely order it again. For the first time in a long time, I actually finished my dessert. My sister got the cioccolata bianca, a blend of white chocolate and cream on a biscuit base topped with salted caramel and honeycomb and she devoured it, she said it was absolutely stunning and she wished her portion was much larger. 

We absolutely adored our food, although we found it difficult to move afterwards with how filled up on carbs we were, but we agreed to make a return visit asap and I am even trying to talk my best friend into making a visit with me next week. I love Italian food and definitely think everyone who does should visit Vapiano. They also have a vegan and vegetarian menu, a kids menu and free wifi, so I mean, you can't really have a bad visit in my books.

Have you tried Vapiano? Where is your favourite place to eat? Are you an Italian fan like myself? Tell me in the comments below. 

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