At the minute everyone seems to be off carbs, but if you’re hitting the gym then you actually need carbs in your diet. They are an essential part of a dietary & fitness plan, however too little can affect energy levels and leave you feeling fatigued and sluggish, but too much can result in unwanted weight gain.
Vapiano have teamed up with Dr Sarah Schenker a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist as part of their Eat Pasta Run Faster campaign, who says ‘It’s important to balance your carbohydrate intake with plenty of protein. The delicious pasta dishes from Vapiano can be a big part of your fitness plan whether you’re a runner, cyclist, body builder or partake in any regular sport.
The hubby & I had an evening out at Vapiano Manchester to try out the menu and was very impressed. Firstly the restaurant is stunning, such a different concept to other Italian restaurants we’ve tried, and secondly the food, just wow.
The restaurant itself is just so bright & airy, there’s no overcrowded tables crammed in next to each other and the concept is so refreshing. It’s a self service style which I was unsure about at first but it works really well. There’s different ‘bars’ for each type of meal, eg a salad bar, pasta & pizza bars etc and the menu choice is amazing. Plus the thing that I loved, seeing as I’m a bit of a fussy eater, is that when ordering from the menu you can tweak the dish to how you like it. You can add or remove ingredients so you get exactly what you like, then the dish is made to order.
When entering the restaurant you are given a charge card each which you use to order your food & drink at the different stations, then you pay the balance when leaving. This means you can sit and relax between courses and enjoy a glass of wine without being rushed through your meal.
The hubby & I both ended up going for brushetta & then pizza. I was going to have pasta or risotto but the pizzas looked so amazing I just had to have one.
You can really taste the freshness & quality in the ingredients, the tomatoes were so amazing I don’t think we even talked through the starter! We both loved the food and would definitely go back again. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Italian food, I’ve always found it too stodgy and been so boated but I really enjoyed it here. The portions were big but still managed to be light too so that you were satisfied but not too full. I really think it helps that you can order when you are ready rather than having to order everything together.
We loved it at Vapiano’s and will go back time again both as a couple and with the boys or family & friends. It definitely made me into more of a fan of Italian food!