Fast Casual Italian Restaurant Piada to Open in Ann Arbor

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Piada Italian Street Food, a restaurant chain offering made-to-order Italian cuisine in a casual setting, will expand its presence in Michigan with the addition of a restaurant in Ann Arbor in April. Piada also has restaurants in Troy and Shelby Township.

"Piada will blend in seamlessly with this town's existing food and drink culture, but stand out as a new option for fresh, quick, and appetizing food," says Chris Doody, CEO of Piada Italian Street Food.

Doody says the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, located at 311 South State Street near the University of Michigan campus, will offer three types of entrees, the Piada (similar to a wrap and made from a thin-crust Italian dough baked on a stone-grill), a pasta bowl, or a chopped salad.

Piada offers 30 possible dishes to create, along with nine predetermined options, such as a Carborara pasta bowl, a chicken fritte Piada with mozzarella and romaine, and a chopped salad with calamari, hot peppers, and feta. He says toppings include meats, vegetables, cheeses, and house-made sauces and dressings.

Doody says the restaurant will be open seven days a week and each meal costs guests less than $9.

Doody says the 48-seat restaurant is decorated with white subway tiles, brushed aluminum, and painted brick. He says Piada has white oak furniture, along with Carrara marble accents throughout the restaurant.

Besides Michigan, the Columbus, Ohio-based Piada Italian Street Food, founded in 2010, has restaurants in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, and Texas, with plans to open 10 more restaurants this year.​

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