January 3, 2017

An Italian Chipotle Option?

You're probably trying to answer that question at this very moment and potentially this question as well, "how could that even be possible?" Well, it is indeed possible, just change the ingredients and an establishment does indeed exist. This clever new place that no one should ever overlook is called Piada Italian Street Food and there are three locations in the Twin Cities to check out with more on the way.

Now you're probably trying to figure out how the two even compare and again, I'm here to help. Like Chipotle, Piada is a convenient, quick style establishment with quality, fresh and a healthier option than that of fast food options. Your food is made right in front of you and the options are similar as well. Wraps or Piada's in place of a Burrito and Tacos while Salads and Pasta Bowls replace Burrito and Salad Bowls. Finally, simply stand in line, looking of a piece of glass and telling the person on the other side of the counter what you want included in your selection. Sound familiar?

During my families first visit to this exceptional new delight, we went with the following items; the Fall Steak Avocado Piada off their seasonal menu and the Basel Pesto Pasta. We also went for a street side, a Parmigiano Reggiano Piada Stick. All of which, was absolutely amazing! But of course, I'll break the meals down for you.

Lets begin with the Piada that I decided to order. Prepared with Steak, arugula, pancetta, fresh avocado, spicy balsamic aioli, fresh mozzarella, pepitas & roasted butternut squash. I held off from the avacado and after just one bite, I was definitely happy with my selection. My Piada came with a side of a creamy parmesan dipping sauce that was insane and I was willing to drink it! I know it's on the seasonal menu, but if you see it on the menu, it's a must get!
My wife went for the pasta and typically I'm not a fan of anything pesto. However, Piada's version isn't just any pesto! Prepared with parmesan alfredo, fresh basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, freshly grated parmesan. Best with crispy chicken or grilled chicken which we of course added. WOW! Talk about a pleasurable eating experience! As for that Piada Stick.... Well, if you decide to not get one, you'll be missing out because these bad boys are awesome!
I'm definitely going to be making this place a go-to when I'm out and about and I think my wife will be as well. The food is fresh tasting and amazing! If you see a Piada Italian Street Food, don't go next store to the "grease bucket", you'll just regret it!

Piada Italian Street Food
Several Twin Cities Locations

** Images are from Piada's website, not by anyone associated with Food Gnawledge **

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