piadina best

Piadina is a traditional Italian flatbread that often sandwiches a variety of savory fillings.  The dough needs minimal rest time and is a snap to put together.  For the filling, I subbed out the standard prosciutto and high fat cheese fillings in favor of a lighter grilled chicken arugula salad.  I added the flavor punch of pesto and a light smear of homemade ricotta  (recipe on this website) for extra deliciousness.




2 C                                        unbleached all-purpose flour

1 C                                        whole wheat flour

2 ½ t                                    baking powder

¼ C                                        olive oil

1 C                                        water

2 t                                          salt

4 C                                        arugula

1 basket                            grape tomatoes, halved

¼ C                                        fresh basil leaves, torn

¼ ea                                      red onion, thinly sliced

4 ea                                      grilled chicken breast, cut into bite size strips

2t                                           red wine vinegar

3T                                           olive oil

¼ C                                        prepared basil pesto

½ C                                       ricotta cheese (recipe on Petite Feast’s website)





Combine flours, salt, baking powder in a medium bowl.  Mix in olive oil and water. Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic film and let rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour.  Divide dough into 8 equal portions.  On a lightly floured board, roll out dough into thin rounds that are 7” in diameter. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Cook individual piadinas, on dry skillet, for 1-2 minutes per side.  Cover cooked piadina with a clean dish towel while preparing filling ingredients.


Combine arugula, grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, herbs and red onion in bowl.  Toss lightly with 2t red wine vinegar and 2T olive oil.  Adjust salt and pepper.  Spread warm piadina with ricotta.  Top with pesto and arugula salad. Fold and serve.

Serves 6-8