Technology and food have an increasingly intertwined relationship, overcoming hurdles from the molecular gastronomy backlash, to the the discontinuation of C-3PO's breakfast cereal. How rude! Employing technology to help you get your Italian on: Vapiano.
A 240-seat Euro-based fast casual concept taking its first steps into Chi, Vapiano hooks diners up with individual RFID chip cards to tabulate the fresh-made Italian vittles they nab at assorted stations, after which they can feast among fittingly mod, Milan-inspired design elements including a streetside open-air lounge, marble tables, and touches of German white oak, suggesting the Black Forest is just a public relations ruse. Start with antipasti such as Cipriani-sauced beef carpaccio before moving on to 'zas (on housemade dough) like the prosciutto-n-Parm Crudo, and the Diavoli, topped w/ bell peppers and spicy Sicilian pepperoni (oh great, now the pizza station is going to be totally mobbed). Fresh-rolled pasta comes in 20 preparations including basic pomodoros and pestos, plus signature combos like filet & 'shrooms, and crayfish in lobster sauce, which they swear they only drink to escape...the traps they're stuck in.
The swipe card can also be put to use at the full bar, stocked with 20 global wines by the glass and solid deals like $3.95 18oz Peronis, though (Alec) Guinness might convincingly suggest that's not the beer you're looking for.