Photo courtesy of Piada Italian Street Food via Facebook.

The Chipotle of Italian food is coming to our neighborhood.

Piada Italian Street Food was started after the founding chefs took a trip to the land of Vespas. In Rimini, they observed family-owned food carts and corner markets, smelled the aromas of basil, meats and cheeses, and decided the experience had to be brought to the United States.

The first location opened in 2010, and since then, Piadas have popped up across the U.S.

Now, the chain is working on opening its first restaurant in Dallas, and the powers that be have selected a shopping center in East Dallas to house it.

Piada Italian Street Food applied for a certificate of occupancy at 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, in the former Wild Birds Unlimited space at the Mockingbird Commons shopping center.

It’s only an application for now; the City hasn’t issued anything yet.

But we did get confirmation via email from the public relations company representing Piada. The spokesperson for the company told The Advocate that the restaurant, which is scheduled to open late summer, will have a pickup window, which sets it apart from the others in our area — in Plano, Richardson and Frisco.

The restaurant serves piadas, which are Italian-style wraps filled with ingredients such as pancetta, arugula, mozzarella, parmesan and more.

Pastas, salads and grain bowls are also available. And if there’s nothing on the menu that sounds great, Piada offers the option to customize a dish.

Side options include grass-fed meatballs and breadsticks with cheese or pepperoni, among others. Cookies and brownies are desserts, and there’s a menu for kids.

Keep checking The Advocate for updates.


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