When a beautiful young lady called Norina was seen kneading the traditional piada dough on the shores of an Italian beach, a love-struck stranger affectionately named her Piadera. This intriguing love story is the inspiration behind the brand new Italian restaurant chain Piadera .
Piada is a traditional Italian flatbread, and like the much used pita bread, it is stuffed with various condiments to create a mini meal.
We were invited to try out newly opened Piadera at scenic Al Seef Dubai. They also have a branch in the Dubai World Trade Center area, but I wanted to make good use of the breezy evening and enjoyed the sights and sounds at the shores of Al Seef.
The restaurant, although brand new, has this quaint old-world charm about it that is accentuated by the souq surroundings. The interiors are warm and welcoming with a feature wall showcasing a scene from the ‘Piadera’ love story, and the chirpy bright red logo adds a sense of fun to the ambiance. Nothing overly pretentious here, just simple yet delicious Italian food.
The menu is not overly long, yet has a wide enough selection to curb your Italian cuisine cravings.
We started off with a fruity Quinoa Salad featuring fresh berries and assorted greens. This healthful mix would be perfect for the breakfast table. And ofcourse we had to order a serving of fresh Burrata.
For the main-course, our host for the night insisted we had to try the signature Piada featuring shavings of smoked beef. This is one hearty meal in itself, and the conglomeration of smoked meat with the freshness of the sauces makes it a classic treat on the go and otherwise.
Being an Italian place, ofcourse they have pasta. We tried their Pesto Pasta, and this moreishly good dish was my favorite from the night. It’s one of those soulful pesto-infused, creamy pasta dishes that is perfect for the breezy, cold night outside.
We washed it all down with special drinks. They have a number of healthful juices including the ABC which is a fresh cocktail featuring apple, beetroot and carrot. My little girl loved his drink, what a clever sneaky way to get her to have her ‘5 a day’! My favorite drink here is the Lemon Cider Mojito, a refreshingly fizzy, zesty sip that has been enhanced with Italian lemon cider. A carb-filled Italian meal was begging for this one!
We ended our night on a sweet note with a delectable slice of chocolate cake. I found it a little dry, and would have liked a scoop of ice-cream on the side.
Overall, Piadera proved to be a gem of a find. If you’re craving Italian on a budget sans the frills yet full on authenticity, this is the place to visit.