Piada Italian Street Food will debut its first East Texas location in Tyler in early 2017. The 2,416-square-foot fast causal restaurant, located off Interstate 69, will be Piada’s first in East Texas, and the seventh Texas-wide.

The Tyler location will seat 60 guests comfortably inside the restaurant and will feature light filled interiors and modern, European-inspired décor with design elements including warm-stained concrete floors, crisp LED lighting and handmade white oak furniture, plus Carrara marble, brushed aluminum, painted brick and subway tile accents. Located off Interstate 69 and Centennial Pkwy, Piada’s new location will be easily accessible for all members of the Tyler community.

Piada CEO Chris Doody is thrilled to be opening his first restaurant in East Texas. “We’re excited to bring a fresh, modern Italian concept to the fast-growing community of Tyler, a major East Texas hub,” says Doody. “We invite Tyler-area residents to sign up for a special VIP sneak peek of the restaurant ahead of its official opening.”

Inspired by the roadside family-run food carts and markets of ancient Rimini, a bustling seaside community in the Emilia-Romagna region, 6-year-old Piada has earned raves for its chef-driven and seasonally influenced menu. The focus is simply prepared, made-to-order items utilizing dozens of fresh, premium ingredients, as well as house made sauces and dressings.

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—guests can enjoy other entrees including Pasta Bowls and Chopped Salads. Each is comprised of a grill item, cheese and vegetables. Diners can choose from three signatures per category, such as the Chef’s Favorite Piada with spicy Diavolo sauce, romaine, sweet and spicy peppers, mozzarella, and shaved and creamy parmesan, Basil Pesto Pasta with parmesan Alfredo, sundried tomatoes, and freshly grated parmesan, as well as the Balsamic Salad with spinach, shaved napa and red cabbage, feta, bruschetta tomatoes, red onions, spiced pecans, Granny Smith apples, and balsamic dressing—all customizable with added protein. 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.

The made-to-order menu also features seasonal specials. This fall, try the Fall Steak Avocado Piada, which is hand-rolled with grilled steak, arugula, pancetta, avocado, fresh mozzarella, spicy balsamic aioli, pepitas and roasted butternut squash, or the Harvest Grain and Apple Salad, with crispy chicken fritte, mixed field greens, crumbled feta, Granny Smith apples, pepitas and the Harvest Grain Seasonal Side with dried cranberries, spiced pecans and roasted butternut squash, tossed with lemon basil dressing.

Entrees are complemented by 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 decadent Cannoli Chips dessert incorporating crispy, rolled Italian cookies lightly tossed in powdered sugar and accompanied by chocolate chip cream icing. Beverage service showcases Italian sodas and teas alongside Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino waters. A kid’s menu is also available.

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