An olive tree welcomes hungry diners as they pass through the doors of Vapiano in Brisbane City’s Albert Lane. The rich aromas of Italian cuisine waft about the space, while a band of chefs hand-toss gourmet salads, hand-spin pizza and whip together house-made pasta from the open kitchen. Renowned for its old-fashioned Italian recipes, Vapiano serves up distinct Roman classics using local meat, produce, cheese and flour. Vapanio’s ethos is based on creating made-to-order dishes using local produce, striving to source produce within a 150 kilometre radius. Tear off a slice of Caprese pizza made with fresh tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil and wash it down with a glass of Margaret River Bress Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.