Hard to believe it, but I like Piada so much that I've actually put off writing this for a year all because I was worried I wouldn't do them justice...then they made one of my bucket list items come true, so I couldn't wait any longer!
Piada's motto is 'Simply good.' and they are just that. Every thing is simple and fantastic - the freshest produce, meat and coffee (Danesi) imported from Italy, baked goods from local businesses like Danny Macaroons and don't forget the friendly and fast service.
|Piada's Danesi cappuccino, made with love.|
I started coming to Piada for their fabulous coffee - smooth, tasty and foam so thick it could spackle the walls of your house. As it turns out - their food is also great! Love the salads (huge) and soup (lots of people come just for the minestrone) but their specialty are the piada sandwiches. According to wiki, a piada (or piadina), is basically an Italian flatbread sandwich that is served hot with some sort of combo of Italian meat/cheese/veggie/sauce inside. They make a number of different types of Piadas including a daily and weekly special, but my hands-down favorite is off the regular menu and is called The Strada - salami, pecorino and balsamic vinegar.
|Inside Piada's Strada - salami, pecorino and balsamic|
I always get the half piada - even though they look thin they are super filling.
|Piada half sandwich|
|Regular Piada sandwich: ginormous|
Just when I couldn't like Piada and the lovely folks there more, they named a weekly special after me! Long story short, a few months ago I tweeted this, and a week later I walk in to see this sign on the counter:
|The Ahu at Piada|
They seem to rotate the weekly specials every 3-4 weeks, get your 'Ahu' today!
|Piada's 'The Ahu'. Yes, I taste delicious!|
Piada is also a bit of a gathering spot for all the attractive European folks from Citigroup Center and the vicinity and they have a nice flat screen and it's always turned to soccer or sports! They are a fantastic gem in this neighborhood and I look forward to seeing what delicious things they have brewing in the future!
Piada - feeding the hardworking folks in Midtown Manhattan and making foodie-dreams come true since 2009.
601 Lexington Ave at 53rd St, lower level
New York, NY 10022