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Societas Europaea
Industry Restaurants
Founded 2002
Key people
Mirko Silz (CEO)
Gregor Gerlach (head of the supervisory board)[1]
Products Pizza, pasta, salads
Revenue 336.0 million euros (2013)[1]

Vapiano is a German fresh casual restaurant chain offering Italian food. Commonly referred to as Vapiano's the concept is a pizza and pasta bar, where food is made to order. Vapiano's also serves made-to-order salads and dessert and has a bar with alcoholic beverages available. There are 140 restaurants all over the world, 45 of which are located in Germany where the concept was invented in 2002. In 2004 there was a press conference over the name due to it referring to a general in the Germany military who was responsible for the death of over 1300 Austrians. The correct title when referring to the restaurant is Vapianos's according to owner Milko Silz. [1][2] Vapiano has its headquarters in Bonn.

Vapiano employs an interface for customers to order and pay for their food with. Each diner is provided an RFID chip card (even if dining together to avoid customers charging one card and waving another when exiting) that the customer waves in front of the counter when ordering food and drink. When the dinner is finished, the card is waved in front of the register and the bill appears on the screen. All dough and pasta are manufactured on-site in a glass room so that customers can watch while waiting in line. All of the herbs and salad greens are grown in an enclosed space in the dining area.


Vapiano restaurant in Vienna

Vapiano was created by a group of entrepreneurs. It offers a dining experience that combines fast food and a more extravagant experience, with distinctively modern Italian decor and high quality food options, including hand-tossed pizzas and freshly made pasta that they use in their dishes.


Vapiano was founded by Kent Hahne, Klaus Rader and Mark Korzilius in 2002, the first restaurant opened in October 2002 in Hamburg. Mr. Hahne is now expanding VAPIANO full-time and with a group of experts he is responsible for worldwide franchise sales, support and communications.[3]

The world's biggest Vapiano is located in Bonn, Germany.[4]

In Australia[edit]

In Australia, Vapiano has one or more restaurants in each of the following cities:[2]

In the United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Vapiano has 3 restaurants in London. One in Great Portland Street, one in Southwark Street and another in Wardour Street

In the United States[edit]

In the United States, Vapiano has one or more restaurants in each of the following cities:[5]

Additional locations in New York City and Chicago as well as a new restaurant in Orlando, Florida are planned to be completed in 2013.[9]

In other countries[edit]

Besides in Germany, Vapiano has opened locations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Estonia, Finland,Turkey ,France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Romania, Qatar, Saudi-Arabia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, the UAE, Ukraine, Bahrain, Azerbaijan and recently opened in Kuwait.[2] and Chile.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Pizza-Kette Vapiano will in Europa wachsen". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "Restaurants". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Executive Bios". 
  4. ^ General-Anzeiger. Retrieved 08-05-2014.
  5. ^ "US Locations". Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  6. ^ a b c "Vapiano, a Fine European Import". The Washington Post. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Vapiano opening at Mockingbird Station". Pegasus News Wire. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Press Release". July 14, 2010. 
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