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Piada Italian Street Foods comes to Bexley (Columbus)

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Piada Italian Street Foods comes to Bexley (Columbus)

Diane in Bexley | Jun 12, 2011 06:20 AM

This is a new local chain of fast food type bistro that doesn't taste like fast food. Was looking for a new place to have lunch with DD the other day and tried their location on E. Main St. in Bexley. Since it's hop, skip, and a jump from my door, I was pleased to find it a very nice experience and a pretty good value for the money. The concept is that you have a lot of choices to make in a very fresh lunch or dinner. First, you choose a pasta bowl, salad, or bread (sort of like a burrito), then a protein (chicken, steak, salmon, calamari), then a sauce (fresh basil pesto, pomodoro, etc), then veggies (artichoke hearts, olives, peppers, etc). In addition, they serve wine (a major feat in our little town!), Italian soft drinks, appetizers like spinach artichoke dip.

DD and I both chose pasta bowls with chicken. The pasta is angel hair, the chicken was grilled and marked with grill marks tasting of olive oil and herbs. We both chose the fresh basil pesto, which tasted like fresh herbs, olive oil and a touch of cheese. Next we had a huge assortment of toppings from which to choose. Being Chowhounds, we went for the pricey stuff like artichoke hearts, crispy pancetta, peppadew peppers, etc. All in all a very nice lunch. DD had an Italian soda, which didn't taste all that special. Lunch was $15 for the 2 of us, which seemed a good value given the fresh nature of the ingredients.

The setting in Bexley is ultra modern with fixed seating in both tables and booths. The concept is very contemporary. Granted, this is fast food and not a white tablecloth place, but a nice experience and one that we will enjoy again. From their web site, it looks like there is another location in Columbus and the chain is planning several others. Bravo Piada, welcome to the neighborhood!

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