There is nothing better than tasty street food, fuss-free and freshly made. So when GlasgowLiving heard about the new Zucca Piada Bar opening up in East Kilbride Shopping Centre, we had to get along to try it and find out what exactly a ‘piada’ is…

Piada’s, pronounced “PEE-AHH-DAH” are authentic Italian street food. Zucca Piada Bar say they “originate from the Romagna region on the North east coast of Italy and have been loved by Italians for centuries because of their signature flaky crust, fresh ingredients and savoury flavours.”

img_5286The Zucca Piada Bar is directly opposite Zucca Bistro Pizzeria in the Centre West. Originally more of an extension of the Bistro, it has gone through a brand-new overhaul and is now Zucca Piada Bar. Mainly on the menu are Piadas, with hot and cold options. The Manager, Barry, had a chat with us about the concept of the new Piada Bar and how their focus on being ‘fresh’ is very much a big aspect of the business. Barry told us how everything is made to order, even the side salad. The dipping sauces are also made fresh, Barry explained. The chefs prepare it fresh each morning, and because they are using different chillies each day, customers are advised to taste it first before they try it incase there is a super spicy one in that batch!

The menu not only offers Piadas, but there are also breakfast, pizza and pasta dishes. Barry explained how they are different from Zucca Bistro, they have made significant changes like using a different pizza dough and using cubed mozzarella instead of grated, so they are offering something completely unique.

Pizza with Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola

We decided to each try a Piada and Barry arranged for us to try the pizza too, we sampled the Pizza with Prosciutto di Parma e Rucola, a Margherita pizza topped with Parma ham, rocket and parmesan shavings. The pizza was delicious and light. The pizzas are hand rolled and freshly prepared. Zucca Piada Bar use “only the finest tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil”. Barry was telling us how the chefs go every morning to the local fruit and vegetable greengrocer in the shopping centre to buy the vegetables fresh each day.

Then it was time for our Piadas! We ordered one hot and one cold. The hot dish was the Piada de Manzo, a Piada with sliced sirloin steak, cherry tomatoes, pickled red onion, rocket and parmesan shavings. The Piada de Manzo was delicious, the steak was cooked to perfection and thinly sliced for ease of eating, and was really complimented by the peppery taste of the rocket.

Piada Steak Salad
Piada de Manzo

The cold Piada was the Piada Coppa, Piada with Italian baked ham, buffalo mozzarella, Bruschetta tomatoes, rocket and extra virgin olive oil. This was also really tasty. The Italian baked ham is imported from Italy and sliced fresh to order. It was really flavoursome and you could tell it was good quality. The buffalo mozzarella was also delicious and had a lot of flavour. If you love Bruschetta, you will love the tomatoes in the Piada Coppa as an alternative – it was so good! We shared the Piadas, which is a great idea. The Piadas were served with a side salad and dipping sauce. They tasted so light and healthy, yet filling. The bread is made using only three ingredients; olive oil, seasoning and soft wheat flour. No yeast is added, or preservatives therefore they are made fresh to order.

Piada salad ham cheese
Piada Coppa

Then, seeing as we there to try the Piadas, we thought it would be rude not to try a sweet one for dessert! We shared the Nutella Piada – and we were glad we did as it was massive. The Piada was filled with Nutella and chopped banana, finished with a drizzle of honey and topped with hazelnuts. Nutella lovers will be in heaven, it was delicious!

Piada nutella strawberries cream
Nutella Piada

The Zucca Piada Bar is such a breath of fresh air to East Kilbride Shopping Centre, it is about time something arrived that was healthy and a bit different. Not only can you sit in, you can also take away and phone in advance to order. They are offering a special for lunch, where any pizza, piada or pasta is £5 to take away. The Zucca Piada Bar is situated upstairs at Centre West. For more information, check out their Facebook page.