My fashionista coworker Whitney is always dropping knowledge on me (go check out her new blog - you can get some of her knowledge dropped on you!). A few weeks back she told me about a place in Hyde Park - Piada. It's like Chipotle for Italian food.
And thanks to Whitney - you guys get a giveaway! The folks at Piada sent me free lunch cards - so I have 3 pair of cards to giveaway to you! Each card is good for a free bowl, salad or Piada.
When you walk up to the counter - you see these giant sticks ($1.95) - they come in pepperoni, parmigiano reggiano and artichoke. They're about a foot long and filled with the individual ingredient and are served with a parmesan dipping sauce.
After that you choose your sauce - they have hot & cold (in terms of temperature - not spiciness). The hot are pomodoro, diavolo (spiciest), alfredo and the cold are red pepper, pesto, basil pesto and creamy parmesan. They also have a few different salad dressings.
peppers, red onions, spinach, sundried tomatoes and white beans.
I liked it! It was really filling and I could have easily stopped after eating half - but I nibbled a little more. I wasn't sure how pasta in a burrito would taste - but it was good. The meatballs were tasty and I liked the pomodoro sauce.
Why Should You Go? I think for the most part - everybody's reaction was "Meh - it was okay - I'll probably go back and try it again." Nobody loved it or hated it. I'm glad I tried the piada - but I think when I go back - my regular would be a pasta bowl loaded with veggies. I have a feeling if I'd had that- I would have loved it. I'd also love to see them add goat cheese to their offerings. :-)
And now you can try it for free! I have 3 pair of gift cards to give away - each card is good for one free Piada, bowl, or salad. Enjoy!
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