JACKSON TWP. Somehow Piada: Italian Avenue Meals has flown underneath my radar due to the fact its opening in 2013 at 4469 Belden Village St. NW.
I understood of its existence for guaranteed and knew Piada was a Columbus-based mostly chain. But I had only a vague plan of the menu and experienced by no means ventured inside of.
Following my other restaurant-evaluate options abruptly fell by Sunday, I decided to give Piada a attempt. I went to MyPiada.com, analyzed the menu at size, and struggled a little bit with placing an on the internet order for two pastas and a salad.
My food was all set for pickup at the designated time, about 20 minutes later, and effectively packaged for vacation. Curbside pickup is offered. Piada has an attractive interior layout, with subdued lighting (this was nighttime) earlier mentioned wood tables, and a counter that offers speedy-relaxed, Chipotle-model services. (Next time I’ll purchase in particular person.)
I actually didn’t know what to count on of the food stuff, and — superior information! — my good friend and I have been pleasantly amazed by all of it. Portions were huge, elements had been clean and the whole value, $29.24, seemed fair for a big meal for two. This didn’t come to feel like assembly-line rapid foodstuff at all.
I ordered the Farmers Industry salad in the massive dimensions for $8.59 (a frequent is $6.99) and it was a good deal for two to share. An array of crisp mixed greens and pink cabbage were generously topped with sliced strawberries and avocado, candied pecans, sweet corn and feta cheese, and the lemon-basil salad dressing was mild and pleasing.
This was just one of the best salads I’ve had in memory, its brilliant shades and flavors in particular welcome in the midst of wintertime. A deluxe Caesar and common Caesar also are accessible, and there is the solution of maximizing salads with grilled chicken ($1.89), grilled steak ($1.99) or grilled salmon ($2.99).
Speaking of meat, a vegetarian close friend explained to me he likes Piada simply because there are so a lot of meat-totally free selections.
Piada’s carbonara pasta ($6.59 frequent/$7.69 large) is a thing I would get once again in a heartbeat, its angel hair pasta well-coated with creamy Parmesan Alfredo sauce and topped with crispy pancetta (bacon), fresh new spinach leaves, diced tomatoes and grated Parmesan. I added grilled chicken for $1.89, which definitely was truly worth it.
Similarly enjoyable was Diavalo pasta ($6.59/$7.69), with angel hair pasta tossed with spicy purple sauce and topped with diced tomato, chopped scallions and grated Parmesan. For $1.79 I additional 6 slices of spicy Italian sausage that definitely enhanced the entree calamari and sizzling peppers ($2.49) is a different solution. This experienced a slow-creating and pleasurable warmth to it.
A 3rd pasta entree at Piada is basil pesto ($6.59/$7.69), angel hair tossed with pesto and Parmesan Alfredo sauce. Four-cheese ravioli can be substituted for angel hair for $1.99 extra.
A facet merchandise identified as Garlic Dough ($1.59) was chewy grill-seared dough with melted mozzarella inside and loads of garlicky goodness. I’d propose ordering a person of these for every particular person.
Also on the menu are Italian-fashion wraps termed piadas in 3 versions ($7.49 to $8.59), with a establish-your-personal piada for $6.99. There also are alternatives to develop your possess pasta and salad. A Tremendous Protein Bowl ($9.49) zucchini, mushrooms, tomato and broccoli, basil pesto, mozzarella and grilled hen. A cup of lobster bisque is $3.39, blackberry hibiscus lemonade is $2.99.
Piada Italian Avenue Foodstuff
4469 Belden Village St. NW, Jackson Township.
Hours: 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Ratings (1-very poor, 2-honest, 3-very good, 4-very very good, 5-superb)
Meals: 4.5 (fresh and flavorful)
Assistance: 4 (pickup order on time and perfectly-packaged)
Worth: 4 (generous portions)