Ordered: Specials of the day
Review: This place is as close as I can remember to Italy. Going to Italy every summer for a prolonged period of time to the countryside was my summer vacation, and eating my favourite lady Maria's pasta comes to mind. As if the cliched name could get anymore cliched. But this joint is run by an Italian, tastes like an Italian, and food coma galore - welcome to Piada.
I used to go to Piada regularly for coffee: the real Italian espresso!
Food was a bit pricey, but I would treat myself to a piada once in a while.
The homemade cakes were delicious!
The best part was the service: the staff was friendly, smiley, nice! E
Piada, how did I manage not to notice you for so long?
I'm kicking myself for the years I let go by without you in my life; your deliciousness, hidden just beyond my line of sight.
Post-yoga today I popped in for something to warm me up (current temperature in London: 0 degrees Celsius) and spotted the rigatoni alla bolognese straight away. The barley soup and several of the salads were also tempting but I had pasta on my mind.
The chap at the till gave me a wide grin as he asked me what I'd like and flashed me several more as I gave him my card and he gave me back a receipt. The dude preparing the pasta was similarly congenial.
But the real test was when I got back to my desk and dug in. Amazingly, the pasta was pretty much al dente and the sauce was a good complement. Definitely something I'd go back to get again.
Piada we have lost time to make up for, don't we? I'll see what I can do about fixing that!
I was hooked by the tag line on the front - 'Italian Slow Food - Fast and Fresh'. An oxymoronic advertising slogan? Yes please! On an intellectual level it snared me, and I was in. It's quite an interesting little place actually, very unique. It serves up wraps made from Piade bread, a flatbread that I consider a mix between a pitta bread and a fajita.. though cheapening Italian heritage isn't my aim when I made this analogy, I just want the people to understand!
I sat down and began reading my way through the various informative boards around the Restaurant walls, telling me of the heritage, history and (of course) the choices on offer concerning this unique flat bread. The prices are very competitive and looking at the portion size, considering it's freshness (the bread is baked fresh per serving), you are getting value for money. Around the same price as a McDonalds. You might not be getting as much raw sustenance and bulk but it is undoubtedly much more nutritious. I got talking to a guy who saw me noting things down and I ended up with him giving me a bite of his - floury and soft, with mozarella, tomato and basil on the inside, I was impressed. And I will be back.
I came here with a friend during the week for lunch, and it seems like one of the common places for people to come during their lunch break.
I had the piada with stracchino and prosciutto because it's one of my favorites of all time, and Piada version did not disappoint! My friend also had a plate of pasta which was good as well.
FYI: the kind of "bread" they use for a piada is a midway between a pita and a tortilla i would say, or more simply, deliciousness in a type of bread.
I feel that the prices are very good, and the service is quick without taking away from the quality of what you order. The place is set up so that you walk-in, order and pay, and then they call your dish when it's ready for you to take. There are long ~bar height tables that you sit at with everyone else in the place. A good way to meet new people :)
If you're in for something quick, but not the usual burger from a fast food joint, if you're nearby definitely check Piada out!
The concept of this fast food store is very simple, and mostly centred around the Italian flatbread known as Piada or Piadina. Made out of flour and 100% olive oil, this bread is on the cusp of almost being slightly flaky and the idea is that you eat it as a sandwich filled with lots of different ingredients that have been slow cooked.
My favourite is definitely the vegetarian one with lots of different sorts of Mediterranean vegetables adding their sweetness and a different texture to the bread. Better yet, this Italian fast food joint also sells the sometimes difficult-to-find bitter citrus Chinotto drink that I enjoy so much.
There always seems to be a long line at Piada on St John Street, and I rarely find tables to sit in, even though they have a fair number of them - a good testament to how good their food is.