Piada Italian Street Food held their grand opening for their second Houston area location a few days ago and we got a sneak peak ahead of the big day. Marking the 24th restaurant for Piada, the fast casual concept is owned by the brothers who were also the original owners of the Brio Tuscan Grille chain. The theme is quite unique and one that is new to Houston – Italian street food, fast casual style. As with many countries, street vendors are very popular and are known to serve up some really good, amazingly addictive and inexpensive local cuisine. Piada has added their own spin to the world of Italian street food by modernizing it and providing an alternative that delivers on giving you a whole lot of bang for your buck.
The “build your own” theme allows you to have it your way including (clockwise) their Piadas, Tascas, and Pasta Bowls.
Two versions of their Italian “sandwiches” are available and both are created with their freshly baked Piada dough.
If you go custom, once you select your protein you can choose from an array of fresh toppings, dressings, and sauces.
The Farm Club (a signature tasca) is made with buttermilk fried chicken, pepperjack cheese, avocado, arugula, Roma tomatoes, pancetta, and a balsamic aioli.
The signature pastas are generous and filling like this Chicken Basil Pesto made with grilled chicken, parmesan alfredo, basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, and shaved parmesan.
If you want something lighter, choose from one of their many signature salads. The Tuscan Chicken is made with chicken fritte, mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, fried onions, pancetta, and a spicy Tuscan dressing.
And to iron out the meal, there are a few seasonal sides including the Qunioa, Tuscan Kale Detox (so good), and the Orzo Crunch.
Piada Italian Street Food is open from 10:45 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. everyday. Both Houston locations are currently BYOB and there is no cork fee! If you are not a wine drinker, their Italian sodas will do you just fine.