How to Make Piadina

Piadina, sometimes called piada is a flatbread wrap cooked in Italy, now found in many parts of the world as a quick delicious snack. Unlike many flatbreads, piadina may be served savoury or sweet and can be made in a variety of thicknesses to suit your own tastes.

This recipe includes sweet and savoury filling suggestions, to make 5-6 Piadina.


  • Dough (traditional):
  • 500 g (about 4 cups) plain flour, preferably "00" or any pizza, bread flour.
  • 100 g (about 1/2 cup) lard (butter or olive oil may be substituted for vegetarians)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Alternative dough (less fat):
  • 500g plain flour, preferably "00" or any pizza, bread flour.
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Savoury filling suggestions:
  • Sliced tomato,
  • Sliced baby mozzarella,
  • Basil or mint leaves,
  • Salad greens
  • Sweet filling suggestions:
  • Chocolate or hazelnut spread
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Jam.


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    Combine flour, fat and salt with water (or milk) to make the dough. Knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth in a mixer or by hand. Leave in a cool place (such as the refrigerator) to rest for 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.
    • This dough will make thin piadina, to make thicker piadina you may add 1 tsp of baking powder to the dough. Rest the dough for only half an hour. Alternatively, you may add 1 teaspoon of yeast, however yeast is not a traditional ingredient and will make your dough more like a pizza.
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    Divide the dough into 5 or 6 depending on your taste and serving needs. Gently roll out your dough into a circle approx 20cm or 8 inches. To make thin piadina, roll out your dough 2mm or 1/12th of an inch thick.
    • For thicker piadina, roll out the dough 5mm or 1/5th of an inch. This will make a smaller piadina approx 17cm or 7 inches across.
    • You may also make 10 small piadina as a hand held party food 10cm or 4 inches across.
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    Prepare your filling ingredients. Ideally piadina should be served hot, fresh from the pan, so it is recommended to have your fillings ready for a quick meal.
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    Heat a barbecue flat plate or grill section, or heat a large cast iron pan. Brush the piadina with a little olive oil and add to the hot pan or BBQ. Cook 1-2 minutes each side for thin piadina, until golden brown and crisp. Thick piadina should be cooked more gently for 2-3 minutes.
    • The barbecue adds a delicious smoky taste to the bread which cannot really be replicated with a frying pan. This makes Piadina an ideal starter or lunch for BBQ parties, or when the weather is too hot to cook indoors.
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    Fill your piadina. Place your filling on half of the piadina, season with salt and pepper and a little extra virgin olive oil if desired. Fold in half to eat similar to a taco, or cut into portions to serve.
    • Alternatively, you may brush each hot piadina with garlic butter or top with bruschetta or salsa, cut into quarters and serve as a party food at a BBQ.
    • For sweet Piadina, spread thickly with chocolate or hazelnut spread and enjoy hot.
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    Serve immediately.

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Categories: Sandwiches and Quick Meals | Vegetarian