The Divas work in Ville St-Laurent which is unfortunate because there aren’t many fun lunch options when you work in a techno park. Sometimes we’re in the mood to escape from the office and enjoy a nice long lunch break. Sadly variety is lacking; Thai Express, Basha or the Sushi Shop aren’t very inspiring. Imagine our glee when our fellow co-worker, the illusive A, told us about a fabulous Italian sandwich and gelato shop in Marché de L’Ouest in DDO.
Piada does not make a typical panini associated with any Italian sandwich spot. Instead, they make piadinas, an Italian flat bread sandwich that is a specifically of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Boasting an espresso bar with counter seating, we were very excited to enjoy a piadina from Piada. We were even more excited to try Piada when we discovered that this little piadina, gelato and espresso bar was brought to us by the same owners as Scarpetta in the Plateau.
Since it is near the office, the Divas have been there many times. Our favourite piadina is the pollo parmigiano which is a simple breaded chicken cutlet, with their tangy tomato sauce, mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula. There is not too much tomato sauce so the flatbread is never soggy, and you can opt for the spicy option which gives your sandwich a delightful little kick.
Since we love enjoying a full lunch, we often opt to add the soup or salad with our sandwiches. The soup changes daily and the minestrone soup is a hearty option with plenty of parmigiano on top and it is rich with vegetables. The soup also comes with a few crunchy strips of the flatbread made into crackers. The crispy flatbread also comes with the side salad, a twist on the more traditional Italian salad. Mixed greens are heavy on the arugula with a creamy dressing and dried cranberries. The soup or salad are at an additional cost, they do not come with your piadina sandwich.
The flatbread always has nice grill marks from the panini press and is never soggy. And let’s be honest, if you don’t want to eat a lot of bread because you’re watching your carbs intake, this sandwich is meant for you! For a traditional Italian treat, order the salsiccia which is uncased Italian sausage with rapini, fennel and again, mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula. The taste of fennel and rapini is strong and makes for a serious Italian sandwich.
Your sandwiches at Piada are available in either piccolo, which is the smaller sandwich, or grandi, which is the larger of the two. We have never opted for the smaller sandwich because we are gluttons. The porchetta sandwich is made up of traditional Italian roast pork, thickly cut and juicy. Once again the staples of Piada: mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula, also make up this sandwich. Every sandwich comes with a variety of well-seasoned Italian olives in olive oil for a little extra.
Other delicious soups include a creamy asiago soup that is decadent. As well as the red pepper velouté that is creamy but still fresh. You can definitely still taste the red pepper. Once again, crispy flatbread shards are provided with your soup, and a drizzle of olive oil is swirled on top before it’s placed before you. Grazie Piada!
The pollo piadina is just a simple breaded chicken cutlet with pesto. Definitely opt to make your sandwich spicy, it isn’t overwhelming, and it really gives it an extra kick to your piadina, and ties in all the ingredients including the fresh tomatoes and arugula. Another favourite of ours is the caprese sandwich which will be heaven in the summer. Mozzarella fior di latte with pesto, more mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and arugula make up this vegetarian option. And of course there are traditional Italian combinations with prosciutto, speck, etc which are cold cut based sandwiches.
What we first noticed about Piada is that though you order your sandwich and cappuccino at the counter, they wait until you’re done your sandwich before bringing you your coffee. And that sort of service is rare in a little lunch counter spot outside of the downtown core. Their gelato bar is not yet open in these cold months but we can’t wait to sit on their terrace and enjoy a gelato or gelato filled cannoli in the summer. For now we tried their caramel fleur de sel tartufo which was an absolute decadent treat!
We don’t often go to restaurants in the West Island but we are quite lucky to have found this gem near the office. We were tired of eating fast food when we didn’t have a chance to pack a lunch. Piada in Marché de L’Ouest is always a treat!
Our Rating: Splendid
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