One of the most exciting parts of travel is immersing yourself in the local culture.  And, one of the best ways to do that is with food. Whether you are thinking about your bucket list trip or want to reminisce about a trip you’ve already taken, preparing that local flavor at home can really hit the spot.  Here in Italy, this is classic Italian street food – la piadina!

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Sugar, Spice and Everything in Between

Do you like sweet, spicy or salty? Whatever your go-to crave is, a piadina has got it covered……literally!  A piadina is a thin, rustic Italian flatbread sandwich, made of some of the most basic ingredients, which you likely always have on hand.  Originating from the Emilia Romagna region, “la piadina” is  one of the traditional regional foods in this area of northern Italy, world famous for its food and wine. I’ve spent a great deal of time in this region’s capital, Bologna. It’s where my husband grew up and where my mother-in-law and I have spent countless hours going through old family recipes.

rolling out dough for a piadina
Rolling out dough for the classic Italian street food: la piadina

Any time you visit Italy

Nowadays, any time you visit Italy, and in whichever of the 20 regions of Italy you may find yourself, you’ll find the piadina.  Venice is in Veneto, the region just north of Emilia Romagna.  When you walk into gam gam goodies, our kosher bakery/pizzeria a few doors down from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant, you’ll often hear someone ordering a piadina. Read on to find out what what you eat in a piadina! Similar to a wrap or tortilla, you can fill a piadina with whatever suits your tastes.  Here are three of my favorite piadina fillings:

Piadina Pizza

Making a Piadina Pizza is super easy.  Choose your favorite sauce and cheese.  Then, spread them on a baked piadina.  Add seasonings like fresh basil and oregano, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Heat this open-faced piadina in an oven or in a pan on the stove top until the cheese is melted. 

Piadina with Chocolate and Fresh Strawberries 

Whether you choose white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, you can’t go wrong.  You can use a ready make creamy chocolate spread or make your own. My Best Ever Chocolate Mousse is perfect for this.  You can get that recipe here: https://rebbetzinunplugged.com/best-ever-chocolate-mousse/

Using a large spoon or spatula, spread a generous portion of chocolate on a piadina. Then add fresh cut strawberries on top. Like the piadina pizza, this can be eaten open-faced, or folded in half.  Feel free to add a mix of fruits, such as peaches, forest berries, pear or whichever are the seasonal fruits in your area. 

Veggie Piadina

If you want to step up your vegetable intake, the Veggie Piadina is a delicious way!  Choose a good quality extra virgin olive oil.  Then, in a sauté pan, cook your favorite combination of vegetables, such as red & yellow pepper strips, zucchini, Roma tomato halves, mushrooms, onions, carrot ribbons or eggplant.

Load your veggies in a horizontal line on the piadina, add seasonings and extra virgin olive oil to your liking.  To create a barrier to prevent the vegetables from falling out, fold in the left and right sides of the piadina just a bit.  Then, from the side closest to you, begin to fold the piadina  over the vegetables.  Halfway, tighten the roll if necessary.  Continue rolling until the piadina is completely closed.

Here’s my four ingredient recipe for homemade piadina.  https://rebbetzinunplugged.com/4-ingredient-recipe-for-homemade-flour-tortilla-wraps-in-just-30-minutes/

Tip: If you are packing this in a lunchbox or to take on a trip, wrap a napkin around the piadina first, then wrap well with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.  This will prevent the piadina from getting soggy.

The Italian region of Emilia Romagna is famous for agriculture, cuisine, wine and Italian street food, like the piadina.

Are you ready for some Italian Street Food? Which of your favorite fillings would you put in a piadina? I can’t wait to read your comments below!

4 Ingredient Recipe for Homemade Flour Tortilla / Wraps in Just 30 Minutes

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 tortillas / wraps
Want to add some fun to your next meal? Try these easy and delicious tortillas. Cook them for breakfast, lunch or dinner! You won’t believe how simple it is to make these homemade treats, and your family and guests will think you bought them by the local baker.
One evening, just before I began seasoning the chicken for dinner, I decided to make something else instead of rice. “Let me see,” I thought to myself. What can I make with the kitchen staples that I already have in the pantry.
And that’s how my recipe for the most irresistable and tasty tortillas was born. Not only can these be used for chicken dinner, but my family has enjoyed them as breakfast sandwich wraps with eggs and fresh sliced tomato, mini pizzas with mozzarella for lunch and even cut and airfried or baked into tortilla chips as a hearty snack with my out of this world salsa.
And the best part of this recipe is you already have the ingredients in in your kitchen.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Combine flour and salt.
  • Add water and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Knead by hand or with an electric mixer with a dough hook until smooth.
  • Form a mound and let dough rest 10 minutes.
  • Cut dough into 8 portions.
  • Roll one portion in a circle around 7 inches / 18 centimeters
  • Cook in lightly sprayed pan, one – two minutes per side.
  • Continue with remaining dough.
  • Tip #1: You can roll the next circle while the former is cooking, as long as you keep an eye on the tortilla currently in the pan.
  • Tip #2: Keep the remaining dough covered between rolling out the tortillas.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bread, bread substitute, breakfast, breakfast wrap, dinner, lunch, sandwich, school lunch, tortillas, wraps
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