There’s a new restaurant in the Oakland business district, and it’s molto bene (very good)! Piada Italian Street Food located at 3600 Forbes Avenue opened its doors on Monday, January 16, and its deliciously fresh bites are making it quite the popular spot to eat. Piada was started in 2010 in Columbus, OH, by Chris Doody, who also started Bravo! Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille. There are now 35 Piada eateries in the United States serving authentic Italian food. “We chose to put a Piada in Oakland because of the high traffic and density of people there on a daily basis,” said Katie Sullivan, Business Development Manager of Piada. “Pittsburgh definitely has friendly people and a thriving restaurant culture,” she continued.
On Piada’s opening day, the restaurant donated 50% of its sales to the Oakland Food Pantry operated by Community Human Services. “We had one of the best openings ever – in the history of Piada openings! We were able to donate $5,000 to the organization, and it was wonderful to see all of the people lined up to enjoy Piada’s healthy, quick and customizable bites!” said Sullivan.
A piada (or a piadina), itself, is an Italian thin crust dough, baked on a stone grill and hand-rolled with fresh, authentic ingredients. “Piadas are delicious and perfect on the go! My personal favorite food item is Grass-fed Meatball topped with pomodoro sauce and parmesan,” said Sullivan.
Piada Italian Street Food is open Monday to Sunday from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.