Great and innovative cocktails...lo
Great and innovative cocktails...loved the moretti and prosecco. Wonderful homemade pasta and great antipasta plate. Goat cheese cheescake was delicious!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The si of us loved our dinner!
The si of us loved our dinner! We will definitely go back!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
the food and the service is
the food and the service is excellent. I especially love Lisa the waitress,she makes my evening. I think that for the price it is the best Italian food anywhere in the city. great pasta and overall Grano is the best.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Absolutely loved Grano! Very charming and everything was delicious
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The only disappointing thing
The only disappointing thing about Grano Emporio is wines-by-the-glass are house wines. No labeled wines available by the glass.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, harried staff
Very good food, but the staff were overwhelmed...not sure if they had an unexpected crowd on a Thursday, but too few staff running around trying their best.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great. Service on
Food was great. Service on the second floor is not good, though. The waiters can't do everything. More runners are what's needed. Still love the place.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian food places always
Italian food places always have the challenge of trying to standout. Grano does a wonderful job of doing just that. The service was friendly and very personable, the wine list open to all palates, and the food was absolutely superb. I look forward to another visit there.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service is consistently the
Service is consistently the weak link. The food has been very good to excellent, the kitchen is on point.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place continues to please
This place continues to please me. Been to both their flag ship place and their pasta bar just down the street. Both are good but the main restaurant kicks it up a notch. More pricey but what a nice place. Should get more attention than it does.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time there
It was our first time there and we really enjoyed everything about it. We brought a friend from out of town and he really liked it as well. We will be going back.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food !! Complex
Excellent food !! Complex and delicious Italian cuisine !!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time I have been here
Second time I have been here in the past 6 months. Food is consistently excellent. Service was attentive. When our waiter was too busy, the hostess noticed and made sure our needs were addressed.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although the menu doesn't
Although the menu doesn't seem large, the specials round everything out. The appetizers/small plate selection was terrific. We ordered a carafe of chianti and one of chardonnay; they were actually very good, although I was skeptical of house wine. I'd do it again. Will check out their Monday $20.13 offer and dine there again soon!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A HAMPDEN GEM!
When I visit a restaurant three times in one week, it must be special. And special it is, from its delicious Italian cuisine, excellent service, and all around fine dining experience. I am delighted to add Grano Emporio to my list of Baltimore favorites!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A memorable evening
We had friends in from out of town and wanted to show them a little flavor of Baltimore. It was perfect. Steve our waiter was entertaining and attentive. The food was amazing. One of our dinners did not get to the chef and was delayed. Obviously a disappointment but remedied quickly by no charge and a complimentary carafe of wine. The deserts were to die for. The lemon Tiramisu and poppy cake. Fabulous. We will definitely be back.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience once again.
Great experience once again. Only complaint is that outdoor chairs are uncomfortable. Spring for some padded seats. Love the food service and the house wines are great. Awesome Italian restaurant
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is the centerpiece, always special and delicious, service perfect, a great place to double date. Thank you for always delivery first class dining.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again - simply terrific!
As I've mentioned before, one of my very favorites. A great find!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian Restaurant
We have been in Italy a number of times, and recently upon returning we visited Grano Emporio and found it more like Venice than any other restaurant, and we have been to many! It is real Italian and not Italian-American with outstanding dishes such as you will find in Venice, Florence and Umbria!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Monday night special
$20.13 includes a salad or soup, pasta, and coffee, plus a glass of wine. Great deal! The food here is really good. And on a Monday night no problem finding parking in Hampden.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Treated like royalty
I have never been to Grano for lunch and have since found out they only serve those with reservations.
The food was wonderful, the staff treated us like royalty and It was a delightful way to " catch up " with
an old friend in a quiet atmosphere, eating delicious food. Boqueres were lovely, salad was crisp, and pasta was light
and full of flavor.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went here for my graduation
Went here for my graduation dinner and it was perfect. We got the upstairs table in a private room and the food was delicious!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I had a nice dinner there on a Saturday night. We made reservations on OT about 15 mins before arriving, Our server was kind and attentive. The food was simple, but delicious. We'd go again.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice with room to improve
Table was a bit narrow. Service could be a bit more attentive. Pasta was undercooked by about 2 minutes. Menu could use more diverse choices.
Overall, nice, but with room to improve.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was good about
Everything was good about our first experience at Grano Emporio. We eat out often, and have added this restaurant to our "preferred" list .
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Value In All Areas
Really friendly staff with excellent food. Overall a really great value. Quiet but lively.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the first time I have ever felt so passionate that I needed to write a review! We had the most amazing dinner at Grano! Had the best Montulpucciano wine, pasta with caramelized onions, peas and pancetta, spaghetti with their famous meatballs, Branzino and caesar salad! Shared with everyone at the table so we could sample all the delicious choices! Not one was a disappointment! Can't wait to repeat this meal! Yum!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think this is my second review of Grano's. The food is flat-out spectacular. Simple fare such as the caesers salad was done with crisp and fresh lettuce and a perfect dressing. My fiancee and I asked the kitchen to cook puttanesca, an item that is not offered on the menu; they happily fulfilled our wishes. That puttanesca is achingly good and has a little bit of heat to it (red peppers?). Combine the sauce with the al dente farfalle pasta, and we were in heaven. The only downside is that the carafe wine menu is very thin. There should be more red offerings. Also, there was no sauvignon blanc by the glass (or maybe even by the bottle). One small suggestion is to make sure tables have a candle to enhance the atmosphere. We will be back!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
How wonderful to find a restaurant nearby that also serves gourmet-quality food! It is definitely a favorite for me. I shall return again and again.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us went to Grano to celebrate an engagement. We had a great time. Although the waiter was handeling all the tables, he was still smiling and patient. It was a nice relaxing environment. The food was very good. Will definitely go back .
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Tuscan Adventure...
Loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious - they have recently added awnings making it possible to eat on their front deck even when there is a light rain though during this visit we chose to be seated indoors. Best Lasagne we have ever had. Wine list is strictly Italian.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined outside on the front porch (granted there aren't too many tables on the porch there). The whole experience was very good. I'd definitely go back and definitely recommend. Not exceptional, but definitely a worthy experience.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We so enjoyed our time there. We felt special.
The attention we received was jus right.
I tasted a wine I was not sure I would like . I did not like it
The waiter was quick to recommend something else without making me
feel like I didn't have good taste. He accommodated
The food was lovely. A beautiful Caesar salad
And the lemoncello tirimisu was the lightest loveliest dessert
We met Sonjia who was the inspiration behind. Loved it all
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday dinner for my dad!
Grano has a Senior Discount from 5-6pm, so that's always good. It was early, so not crowded, and the big table is in the middle of things, yet out of the way, so he could hear. The server was attentive but not in our way. The food was very good, we all were happy, from the meat eater and the fish eater, to the vegetarian. The bartender played with us, as they have a unique bottle of Hyacinth something, that we had been privy to try when it first showed up. We asked the bartender if he still had it, so we made suggestions, and he made several drinks, til we all came up with a concocction that is Wonderful!! Ask for the "Hummingbird" in Italian! We will go back as there were too many things on the menu that we didn't have time to try.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grano on an upswing
We have seen Grano through some ups and downs, but last Friday night Grano was at a high point! The homemade Tortelli al Pesto Ligure and lemon tiramisu were just fantastic. Service was friendly and efficient. We will shorten the interval between visits to Grano!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A consistently great restaurant...
A consistently great restaurant... great food... relaxed atmosphere... friendly service... convenient parking... our 'go to' restaurant for dinners with family and friends
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the perfect, simple dining experience. Love the quiet vibe and the amazing cooking. Servers were and always are perfect and attentive. Great night, even posted on Facebook. Thanks again.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt Just Like Family!
What a fabulous experience from beginning to end. As we walked in, the gentleman who I assume was the owner, saw us looking at the map of Italy and chatted with us for a bit. The ambience was a reminder of many meals in Italy that I'd had in someone's home, with a modern touch. Only negative was that the chairs didn't slide under the 2 tops. Server was a gentleman from Senegal by way of Paris and he was friendly, capable and knowledgeable. Food was simple yet delicious- especially the bresaola - and the 1L carafe of Montepulciano was tasty and affordable. Overall a wonderful experience and we plan to go back quite often. We felt right at home, but also got to speak a little French and a little Italian, so also felt transported. Bravo.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a lovely evening there. Wonderful food. The server was outragiously good. And the owner personally visited throughout the night to make sure everything was perfect. Oh...and it was! A neighborhood gem in the fun Hampden neighborhood.
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
unpretentious really tasty
This is an italian restaurant without pretention. The food is well prepared, not fussy, but tasty and consistently so. Think of it as going to a friends house for dinner and they really know how to cook.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal; inexpensive wine
We had a great meal and a great wine. The wine was a Spanish Rijoa for only $24 a bottle and was excellent!! Great server and every course was excellent. Highly recommended.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wasn't sure what to expect as I thought we were going to the pasta bar. But what we discovered was a comfortable even cozy environment...great wine, all dinners (4) were delicious. Appetizer Muscles were excellent. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Gluten free optio for pasta was appreciated. Reasonable prices ...choose the house wine, and food quality was excellent. A great neiborhood gem! Will be back!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had been to the smaller Grano Pasta Bar down the street, usually for lunch, a number of times and had enjoyed it thoroughly every time. My father was visiting this past weekend so we deiced to try out the restaurant for dinner. I honestly haven;t had a more perfect restaurant experience for a long time. The service was wonderful. Our waiter was knowledgeable and funny. Every dish was amazing. Their home made pastas are just about perfect. And even though we had arrived late and they were obviously closing we didn't feel rushed at all as we lingered over coffee.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My brother and I took our father there for his birthday. The service was friendly and not rushed so we could linger over our conversation and food. Each of our dishes had a beautiful presentation and were made with fresh ingredients. Everything was delicious.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Chingale & sausage
Delicious Chingale & sausage casserole special. My wife always get s the fine clam pasta.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the seafood lasagna special which wasn't the best, but everyone else's entrees were delicious.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a business lunch,
This was a business lunch, but it turned into a delightful experience. Minestrone soup was out of this world and Prosciutto da Parma was excellent. We found it easy to discuss business and the staff was very attentive. I will definitely be back for lunch and will try Grano for dinner as well.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good ambiance, service and
Good ambiance, service and dishes were better than expected. Please turn off the radio or taped music when diners are present would be my only comment.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my second trip to
This was my second trip to Grano Emporio, and it is quickly becoming my favorite place for lunch in Hamden.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM