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Piada Italian Street Food

Piada Italian Street Food

BY Tristan Navera | Friday, October 12, 2012
 
 
 


As Piada Italian Street Food prepared to open its doors today, a legion of fans lined up out the door and around the corner to see the Columbus chain in its Dayton debut.

"I’ve been waiting forever for them to open one of these down here,” said one fan to another. "I’d almost have opened one myself.”

Harnessing the fast casual concept made so popular by chains like Chipotle and Smashburger, this new restaurant at 1047 Miamisburg-Centerville Road brings Italian cuisine quick and convenient alternatives that sacrifice nothing in quality. Dayton’s first Piada, the eighth location for the chain overall, gave out 200 free lunches for customers today at lunch.

The namesake dish, the Piada, resembles an Italian food called the Piadina, an Italian flatbread made with flour and olive oil and filled with cheeses and vegetables. Piada’s burritos are similarly filled with meats, vegetables, cheeses, sauces, and most importantly some pasta for an extra base. You go along the assembly line and select which things to stuff your dish, a very popular organization, which maximizes the speed that you get your food.

The Piadas are good; they’re a lot like "Italian burritos” in many regards, but the ingredients here complement one another well; fresh mozzarella balls and a variety of meats make things interesting. Everyone already seems to have their favorite combination of ingredients. The average Piada is between $6.50 and $7.00 depending on ingredients. Moreover, there are Piada bowls and chopped salad options if you’re looking for something a little lighter or healthier.

The other items on the menu are good; there’s a "Piada stick,” which is a flatbread stuffed with pepperoni or artichokes or parmesan and served with a tasty heavy ranch sauce. There are Italian sodas with a few flavors, from citrus to berry and beyond.

It’s a familiar-feeling concept serving up a fresh new take on lunch. If you haven’t heard of Piada, you’ll definitely want to give it a try.

Piada Italian Street Food
1045 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd
Centerville, OH 45459

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About Tristan Navera

Another Food Critic

Tristan is a regular contributor to Dayton Local and the owner of Another Food Critic, the Ohio food blog. Visit him at anotherfoodcritic.wordpress.com or email him at another.food.critic@gmail.com

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