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Piada Italian to open in North Fort Worth

No fooling, Piada Italian Street Food will open its second North Texas location on April 1 in North Fort Worth.

The 2,554-square-foot fast casual restaurant is inspired by the roadside family-run food carts and markets of Rimini, a seaside community in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, will be located at 3300 Heritage Trace Parkway, Ste. 110.

The five-year-old Piada concept has a chef-driven and seasonally influenced menu that focuses on simply prepared, made-to-order items utilizing dozens of fresh, premium ingredients, as well as house made sauces and dressings. This is Piada’s second in North Texas, after The Center at Preston Ridge in Frisco and soon to be followed by Richardson’s City Line.

In addition, the namesake Piada – a thin-crust, handmade dough, which is baked on a stone grill, filled with specialty items and then rolled as guests watch the entire process – entrees also include pasta bowls and chopped salads Grill selections range from all-natural rosemary, garlic and lemon chicken to spicy Italian sausage with fennel and herbs and salmon prepared with lemon and olive oil, while toppings span artichokes to black olives.

New to the brand are Tascas, small Italian sandwiches utilizing thin-crust Piada dough.

In addition to entrees, Piada offers fresh sides including tomato basil and lobster bisque soups, two kinds of hand-rolled breadsticks – Parmigiano-Reggiano and pepperoni served with a creamy parmesan dipping sauce – and Cannoli Chips dessert incorporating rolled Italian cookies lightly tossed in powdered sugar and accompanied by chocolate chip cream icing.

According to Piada Founder Chris Doody, “We look forward to continuing to fill the gap in the market for fresh, flavorful Italian food in North Texas. Our Frisco location has seen great success since opening, and we expect to see the same response in North Fort Worth.”

The first Piada restaurant opened in 2010 with a mission to create fresh, modern Italian food focused on the preparation of high quality ingredients and attention to simplistic cooking.

The Alliance Town Center location, like other Piada locations, has a modern, European-inspired décor with design elements including stained concrete floors, LED lighting and handmade white oak furniture, plus Carrara marble, brushed aluminum, painted brick and subway tile accents.

Piada is a Columbus, Ohio-based fast-casual Italian restaurant founded by Doody, who co-founded the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group in 1992. In 2013, Piada received what was termed a “significant investment” from private equity firm Catteron Partners for expansion.

Service is provided continuously from 10:45 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. seven days a week, and catering is also available. mypiada.com

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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