I know what you’re thinking, vegan food in a restaurant for under a fiver? Unheard of! Well, you’re in for a treat.
On the corner of Hackney Wick Road lies a hidden gem called Piadina Genuina. Piadina has only been running for 4 months but boy, is it thriving. I am so glad I witnessed its greatness in the first couple of months because when it becomes big, I will stand with my hand held high shouting I was there from day 1. (actually day 122 but hey, who’s counting?)
I’m not going to lie, I walked in not knowing what to expect – I had read the consistent positive reviews online and seen the pictures but I was still very much apprehensive. That, and I didn’t even know what a piadina was (now I know it is a thin Italian flatbread or as I like to call it fluffy, fresh, delicious goodness!) All my worries died down when I was greeted by a smiling face, and Antonio (the owner) who although busy came to greet us at our table.
My friend and I both ordered a piadina, which was a given – we had to try Anotonio’s special and oh boy, oh boy did it not disappoint. It took no time at all for Antonio to whip up some fresh piadina for us even though he was really busy and from the first bite, I could understand why this place was hyped up locally. It hit all the factors, comfort, taste, satisfaction and the piadina was the fluffiest, tastiest bread I have ever had. This is coming from a massive bread fanatic.
It was so good that, I kid you not, I have had dreams about the Salsiccio Piadina ever since. The Salsiccio contains veggie sausage, sweet potato, mushrooms and broccoli – that combination was everything. My friend literally stared at me in shock at how surprisingly good the food was. We also got the Valentino, an aubergine, olive tapenade, sundried tomatoes and broccoli piadina. It was very tasty, slightly a bit too oily for my tastes but the flavours were there and I definitely polished it off. As a tip, if you want the most of your money go for something hearty + filling like the veggie sausage or home-made seitan (which I am yet to try!).
My real point is just go, you will not regret it. Piadinas are a delicious invention – so much so that after all of our food, I walked out, crossed the road and had to run back to order a takeaway Salsiccia. It tasted just as good, dare I say even better, in a takeaway bag.
Next up was the ravioli. I have been craving ravioli ever since I went vegan so I came with very high expectations which Antonio not only met but exceeded! The ravioli was made fresh (fresh on the spot!) and filled with spinach and vegan ricotta cheese, the sauce and the mushrooms scattered on top was the cherry on top. It was food ecstasy and our reactions were so positive we managed to convince the people opposite us to order the ravioli next time they came!
Last but not least were the desserts – they offered a berry cheesecake and a chocolate cheesecake. Now I must say, I was probably the wrong person to try these desserts as they are not the traditional cheesecake but instead the filling is more jellied. If you are a fan of jellied desserts you will love this, unfortunately me and jelly have never been friends. I will say I managed to finish and polish off the chocolate dessert happily as it was a lot less firm/ ‘jelly’ like and the addition of the chocolate sauce, dusting and nuts made it scrumptious!
When I go back, I will be trying the Nutella chocolate crêpe for sure, the lentil-beetroot burger + sausage calzone – which will all come up to the same price as one pizza from pizza express! Can somebody please shout bargain?! (The tagliatelle looked as good as the ravioli)
If there is one thing you do this month, it should be to head on over to the little shop on the corner. There is so much to be discovered, and you will leave happy, full and with your wallet still intact.
Bless the cheap vegan food that lets us still eat out and save.
Omo Eats (Piadinas all day)
Find Piadina Genuina:
251 Wick Road, Hackney, London, Greater London, England E9 5DG, United Kingdom
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