Outstanding ambience, food, service, parking accessibility, and a million other things. Highly recommended!
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.
Excellent Friday night dinner with friends. Good pasta choices on restaurant week menu. Fabulous chocolate dessert
This was our 2nd time dining here and it was just as good as the first time. Food and service was excellent.
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.
Wonderful evening in celebration of family and the holidays.
Fabulous knowledgeable service, locally sourced fresh ingredients, great flavors. Lentil spinach soup was artfully seasoned and satisfying. Wild mushroom ravioli was earthy while not too heavy, lasagne benefited from fabulous tomatoes and pasta.
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!
We had a great time with dinner before going to see Christmas lights! Service is excellent and the entire staff very attentive!
Service was great and good was delicious . Atmosphere was very nice.
Excellent fresh tasting food and our server was fantastic. Would definitely go back soon!
No homemade pasta that night. Service slow and spotty. Wine list by glass needs to be improved!!
More pasta menu options would be nice. Went we went the selection was limited and we struggled to find something we really wanted to order. Food quality was great.
We love Grano’s. Food and ambiance are superb, and the staff is warmly welcoming. As soon as we leave, we begin planning for our next visit.
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.