Piada Italian Street Food quinoa

Piada Italian Street Food's quinoa side dish is served cold and includes diced sweet and spicy peppers, blanched sugar snap peas and a vinaigrette of herbes de Provence, lemon juice, cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and mint.

Whole grains make gains on restaurant menus

Once a hard sell, farro, spelt, quinoa, amaranth and other grains become increasingly popular

Fiber is rarely a sexy topic of conversation, but one of its top dietary sources — whole grains — is becoming increasingly fashionable among consumers. 

“Whole grains have sort of flipped a little,” said Matt Harding, corporate chef of Piada Italian Street Food, a 29-unit fast-casual chain based in Columbus, Ohio. 

Harding recalled trying to sneak whole-grain wheat varieties into a dish at a restaurant where he previously worked. 

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