Not Just a Pizzeria

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We were recently introduced to a very interesting community contributor, lover of the arts, and guardian of tradition who travels the world sharing its culture and vision. Meet Piola, an international pizzeria brand from Treviso, Italy.

What’s so interesting about this pizzeria? Well, the same things that are interesting about Italy as a whole. Many of us have come to love Italian culture in some way or another. From shaving four-year-old Parmigiano-Reggiano onto handmade gnocchi or losing one’s self in the voice of Andrea Bocelli, to searching for the perfect desMode bag, the influences are everywhere.

Piola strives to spread its good word to cultures all over the world, not just by opening stores, but by unabashedly being itself. The company shares Italian values wherever it goes, yet takes inspiration from each community it finds itself in.

Take one look in any location, and you will see art from local photographers or painters incorporated into the design. Art is also showcased on the company website. Menus boast drinks from all over the world, such as the Brazilian vodka cocktail, the caipirinha.

You may also find yourself sitting on chairs made out of recycled jeans. Yes, a stunning and unique eco-design element from Polish Designer, Ttobias Juretzek, made for Casamania of the Doimo Group. The chairs, made entirely of recycled clothes, are part of the RememberMe collection, which “embod[y] the current focus on sustainability and recycling.”

And, the food? The food is what ties everything together. Piola owners reflected that, “Sharing our culture and customs by means of food and drink is a great way to connect people from over the world.” With a cuisine described as “rigorously Italian: simple and healthy,” who can argue?

This quote reminded us of another passage, one found in the book Eat, Pray, Love. Author, Elizabeth Gilbert summarizes famed author Luigi Barzini’s view on the beauty of Italian culture, writing,

“In a world of disorder…only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible…And sometimes, the meal is the only currency that is real.”

Piola truly embraces food as a currency, connecting cultures from around the world at their table. Imagine if we all did the same.

Piola can be found at 1165 Queen St. West in Toronto.