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This fast-casual Italian concept is built around the piada, a tortilla-like bread, which founder and chief executive Chris Doody first encountered in Italy. This thin bread is cooked on a stone with olive oil and then filled with high-quality ingredients.

Started in Columbus, Ohio in 2010, Piada has grown to 10 units, all in Ohio, with each serving hand-rolled piadas, pasta bowls and chopped salads in a warm and inviting atmosphere. With its upscale ingredients, customizable offerings and walk-the-line style of service, the brand has been likened to Chipotle and Panera Bread. Being compared to these brands is a compliment, says Doody, who adds that Piada is positioned to not only compete with these particular brands, but also to complement them.