About Grano Emporio
Grano Emporio is the creation of Gino Troia; a passionate cook and culinary historian. Gino is a long time resident of Baltimore who retains roots in his native Napoli.
A team of creative, talented characters help bring Grano Emporio to life. With nutritional equilibrium and a harmony of flavors, they have created a rustic, yet contemporary, Euro/Italian cuisine in line with Hampden's informal hipster style.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
MONDAY - CLOSED
Tuesday thru Thursday 5:00 PM - 10.00 PM (last seating)
Friday and Saturday 5:oo PM to 11:00 PM (last seating)
Sunday - Brunch 11:00 AM - 4:00 Dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Open for Lunch for Private Parties. Call or email for details.
W 36th / Chestnut Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer our guests several options for private and corporate dining and events, with special attention provided to alumni and faculty of our neighboring universities.
Parking lot behind restaurant, street parking free after 6pm and on weekends.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Grano Emporio Ratings and Reviews
I had heard of this restaurant through a friend who frequents the owners smaller pasta bar on the "Avenue" in Hampden. The Emporio has an unusual wine list and a delightful short menu.
All the dishes, meat (lamb), fish (perch), pasta dishes (mushroom ravioli), and seafood (Cozze/mussels) were really excellent (and we are a picky, foodie, bunch).
As to the wines, I knew very few, if any, of the selections and the server and I decided on a "light red" that could go with the various meal choices. She recommended a Petit Pissarres from Priorat (a light french grenache she said...) Well for $ 27.00 we had a wonderful BIG chewy inky SPANISH Penedes. Granacha and Samos blend. A wonderful find. Luckily we still had some "bubbles" for the perch client !
Deserts were also right on, the chocolate creme brulee is worth a try.
A lovely night for all. JWZ
Neighborhood Gem - Authentic Italian
Grano is one of our favorite go-to restaurants for casual or special occasions. The food is fresh , authentic, and outstanding. Service always very personal, and as a bonus - Grano is one of the few restaurants in Baltimore where you can actually have a conversation without being blasted with music. We strongly recommend Grano.
Went there for a birthday, party of 5, we had our own private dining room. We were able to take our time, never felt rushed or neglected. Our waiter gave us honest helpful tips on what to order, and he was right on. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend Grano for any special occasion.
We love this restaurant and frequent it as much as we can. The owner is from Italy. Most of the ingredients are shipped in from suppliers in Italy or from select local suppliers. It gives us comfort knowing that our meals are prepared using quality ingredients. The venue is small and cozy. Our waitress, Stephanie, does a great job always making our dining experiences pleasurable.
The food was excellent-- we ordered an app and two entrees and couldn't get enough of all. The service was a bit spotty at first (apparently a big party left right before us?) but the food more than made up for it. The upstairs could use some music for ambiance but overall was great and will come back to this restaurant for sure!
Really enjoyed the visit to the restaurant so much so that we went back the next night too.
The quality of service and food was outstanding on both evenings.
Was nice to see that the specials changed every day and that the quality was maintained!
Highly recommend if you visit Johns Hopkins University!
Our first time at Grano Emporio was spectacular! We took advantage of a warm fall evening to sit out on the front patio, which was very romantic. The staff was so accommodating, bringing us delicious bread, complementing our wine choice, and offering to split the appetizer and salad we wanted to share. We thoroughly enjoyed some tiramisu and espresso after dinner and felt at ease to enjoy and take our time -- a true Italian dinner with a nice, slow pace. I'd also like to add, our entrees, the lasagna bolognese and zuppa de pesce were phenomenal! Such great flavors, perfectly cooked noodles and fish -- we savored each bite. Thanks for serving us such amazing food!
Have been here 3 times now and it has been absolutely awesome every time. Service & food quality have always been top notch, absolutely worth the money. Nice atmosphere on the patio, and the inside feels warm & inviting; more like a house than a restaurant. Not at all stuffy, just a very relaxed setting. Will continue to come here, have not found anywhere in Baltimore with Italian food as good as this, let alone at such a good price.
The food was excellent and the service good-- the four of us enjoyed our visit but we had to wait quite a while to get on the porch--- which was important to us. Although the wine selection was rather small, we were fine with our choices and had a really delightful evening.
We had a lovely experience at Grano Emporio. Very good meal, including a to-die-for pistachio gelato. Don't be scared away from this Italian restaurant if you're watching gluten intake -- they serve gluten-free pasta options for everything except lasagna. Also, they have parking behind the restaurant, which is good to know if it's a Friday or Saturday night in Hampden, when street parking is typically scarce. Enjoy!
We were seated right by the kitchen at first and thus treated to a blend of avant-garde 80's music from therein (yay!) and lite-FM from the dining room (not so good.) I asked that we be moved, and we were. After that, the music fluctuated in volume, but improved greatly in quality over time (more Sinatra et al, or maybe Joy Division, less bubblegum, please.) The wine we selected with our server's help was delicious and our meal was also quite tasty, although my whole bronzino was extremely small for the price and accompanied by just one thin piece of grilled zucchini. For $30, I'd like a larger fish and a bit more veg. Service was pleasant if a bit scattered.
We had three appetizers. starting off with the caesar salad. We asked the server if the salad was large enough to split between the two of us. He indicated yes, and he was correct. The calamari was tender and so tasty. The lasagna was a generous portion and delicious. Our server was terrific. We specially appreciated his informing us that we can park in a lot behind the restaurant. We will definitely return.
We like this place for date night or small groups but they do have a room for larger parties. Service is always extremely good and we always like whatever we order. Smallish menu which isn't a problem, sometimes the menu is a little seafood heavy in terms of options, that would be my only warning.
Overall pretty good. Service was fantastic once we were seated but they didn't have a table ready for us in the "main" dining area when we arrived which was a bit disappointing. One of the servers was kind enough to give us a tour of the upstairs which was pretty neat. Had mushroom ravioli and shrimp linguini. I would recommend both.
My mother-in-law celebrated her birthday at the restaurant one evening and very much liked the experience. My husband and I go to Grano regularly and have never been disappointed with the food and experience. One particular item we're glad has improved is the preparation of the Caesar salad---no longer are there tortilla chips on the salad! We were happy that the chef stuck, for the most part, with the traditional fixings for the salad when we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday. The salad was much better.
Service was slow and poor.
The waitress was unattentive and really looked like she did not want to be there.
Brought out main course before we had finished our apetizers, did not bring an ice bucket with our wine, crossed infeont of people to serve.
Food was not that good.
There are far better options in town.
We go to Grano Pasta Bar quite often, but hadn't visited its slightly fancier sister restaurant in a while. Big mistake on our part! Emporio Grano is a true neighborhood gem. The menu is quite diverse and our server informed us that if necessary, the kitchen would do its best to make vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meals. This was great to hear as we have friends and family who must avoid gluten for medical reasons. We opted for specials - an appetizer of baked zucchini with tomato sauce and cheese, which was large enough to share, followed by bistecca fiorentina for my husband and turbot with sauteed spinach for me. Everything was delicious and prepared exactly to order. I asked that my food be prepared with as little butter or oil as possible and both dishes were perfect. Emporio Grano has a nice wine list and a good selection of after-dinner drinks as well. Service was friendly, attentive, and professional. All in all, a wonderful experience - we'll definitely be back!
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