We’re back, and with a bundle of new things to chew over. Or in this case, both new and slightly warmed-over.
First, while we haven’t yet been there in person to check it out, we just confirmed via phone that a long-awaited new outlet of Vapiano finally opened a few days ago in the MOM Park mall in Buda. Since one of the key value propositions of fancy dining chains like Vapiano is to be utterly consistent, there’s probably nothing we can say about this one that we didn’t say in this review of the first outlet in Budapest a few years back, other than that it is supposedly an eye-popping 500+ plus square meters in size, and that it makes a nice companion to the neighboring Paulaner Brauhaus.
Meanwhile, while we’re on the topic of new corporate chain Italian offerings in Buda malls, we were recently surprised to see several different artices in the local press announcing that “Hungary’s first” Kono Pizza had opened in the Mammut I mall, also in Buda. But we went and checked it out (left) and, sure enough, it’s the same “pizza in a cone” they were selling at WestEnd a couple of years back, before that one closed. Actually, to be truthful, we sort of enjoyed our Kono Classico this time around, and would be tempted to say it’s the best mall pizza in a cone you can get in Hungary, except according to the company’s website a new location has just opened up in the Pelikán Mall in Szolnok.