Rolling Into Town

Italian street food craze rolls up to Fort Worth

Italian street food craze rolls up to Fort Worth

Piada Italian Street Food
Fort Worth gets its own Piada. Piada Italian Street Food/Facebook

There's an opening date for the second North Texas location of Piada Italian Street Food. The branch will open in north Fort Worth on April 1, at 3300 Heritage Trace Pkwy., next to Starbucks.

Piada founder Chris Doody says in a release that he's optimistic about the area. The first Piada opened at the Center at Preston Ridge in Frisco; a third will open at the CityLine complex in Richardson.

"Our Frisco location has seen great success since opening, and we expect to see the same response in north Forth Worth," he says.

Piada is inspired by the roadside family-run food carts and markets of Rimini, a seaside community in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Its namesake piada is a thin-crust, handmade dough baked on a stone grill, filled with specialty ingredients, and rolled as guests watch.

Other entrees include pasta bowls and chopped salads. Each comprises a grill item, cheese, and vegetables. Diners can choose from three signatures per category, such as steak diavolo with shaved and creamy Parmesan, or chicken basil pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes.

Grill selections include rosemary-garlic lemon chicken, spicy Italian sausage, and salmon with lemon and olive oil. Toppings run from artichokes to black olives.

There are also new tascas, which are small Italian sandwiches utilizing the thin-crust piada dough, in three varieties: chicken salad; Italian trio; and farm club with fried chicken, pepper Jack cheese, avocado, arugula, tomato, and pancetta. Each comes with a seasonal side, such as kale salad, quinoa, or orzo crunch.

There is also tomato-basil soup and lobster bisque, breadsticks with dipping sauce, and a cannoli dessert.

The decor is modern and European-inspired, with concrete floors, LED lighting, white oak furniture, Carrara marble, brushed aluminum, painted brick, and subway tiles.

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