Grano Arso

4.7
568 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Owned by husband and wife, Chef Joel and Lani Gargano brings contemporary Italian cooking to the heart of Chester. Chef Joel Gargano’s scratch kitchen focuses on local products with a modern yet familiar approach to traditional Italian cooking. At the heart of Grano Arso, Chef Joel mills native New England grains in house to
create an old-world approach to his pastas and breads. Coupled with warm and knowledgeable hospitality, Grano Arso is the neighborhood go-to eatery for wholesome cooking, Italian wine, local beers, and specialty cocktails. We invite you to come and experience what community means to us!

Experiences

  • Vietnamese Lunar New Year Dinner

    $95.00 per personPrepaid

    Jan 31, 2022 only

    Lani is doing a very special Vietnamese Pop Up on January 31st honoring the Lunar New Year known as Tet, featuring traditional dishes enjoyed only on the Lunar New Year. $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity- paid on day of) To begin Prawns 5 Spice Salt, Salsa Verde ______________________________ Banh Canh Noodle Soup, Pork, Squid, Chive ------------------------------------ Banh Chung Sticky Rice Cake, Pork Belly, Mung Bean Dua Chua Pickled Mustard Greens , Scallions, & Shallots Goi Buoi Pomelo Salad, Shrimp, Herbs, Peanuts Thit Kho To Caramelized Braised Pork Ribs, Soy Egg ---------------------------------------------- Che Xoi Nuoc Ginger Rice Ball Soup, Coconut Milk, Sesame (Served Warm) _________________________

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 568 people are saying
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DavidB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service is not what it was. Too long to get a drink, to order food, to get waiters attention. Still one of our favorite places but service has declined. May be Covid but still…

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Karen
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special family get-together last night, and Grano Arso delivered as always! We were a group of 6 people. The food (especially the pasta) was beyond awesome; the cocktails were deliciously crafted, the service was impeccable. For those of our family for whom this was their first ever visit to Grano Arso, they are saying now how fantastic the food was.

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EricaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in an intimate setting. Chef/owner on the floor visiting tables. Great for special occasions or date night. Excellent cocktails. Chicken is phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Food unique and very tasty. We will be back.

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LaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Grano. The old bank. Building was beautiful and the staff very friendly. The homemade pasta was delicious. Our only (small) criticism was that the bead was a small 1 1/2 piece portion per person and had a burnt taste to it.
Overall it was a nice place to eat.

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AdamG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, service, and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement dinner.
Excellent all around

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RichardN
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here and we were not disappointed! The Food and Service are excellent and the Chef obviously cares about the quality of what he is serving. We really enjoyed the Parsnips! The Bavette Steak was superb! The sweet potato panna cotta was well worth trying.

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WENDY
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner in the dining room section of the restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious.

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RickP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine, excellent service!! I saw a few bad reviews online and that was not our experience at all. I would highly recommend.

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Jared
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grano Arso has become a must to dine at when family (from other states) come to Chester..everyone we bring there says "You are so lucky to have this restaurant in your village".

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vipBudman3
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, service, our favorite
Britta was superb, Joel’s food exceptional,
Wes’s bartending 👍

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Start to finish the food was a miss. The parsnips were overpowered by a cloyingly sweet glaze and the baked eggplant was nothing more than messy pile of mushed skins and seeds. The pasta with sugo was destroyed with too much salt and the orecchiette tasted only of smoke flavor. Finally, we were served an uncooked steak. Given the extremely high price points for all the dishes and the numerous accolades bestowed on this Chef and restaurant, Grano Arso was my most disappointing meal of the year. On the positive side the handmade pasta was skillfully composed and the wine last was thoughtfully curated with lesser known Italian varietals.

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vipJaredF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very supportive of my 98 year old mother

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Sammie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each person in our party of six ordered a different meal, and each left believing that they had had the best item on the menu! Fabulous experience. Don't miss the caramelized parsnips. They are perfection.

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vipSteve
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest dining experiences in all of New England, not just Connecticut.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We’ve been to Grano Arso many times in the past and the service, food and wine pairing were not at the level we have come to enjoy. It could be because it was Christmas Eve.

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Beauty99
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my family for the Christmas Eve menu last night . Everything was absolutely delicious but the highlight was a gnocchi starter with shaved truffles in a cream sauce . Pure heaven . My family loved it . Can’t wait to go back.

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JoshuaF
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant in Chester, CT with a robust selection of cocktails, wines, and cordials. The small plates as appetizers are absolutely delicious and have you craving for more, get at least two prior to the entree and then re-assess if you want more. The servers leave a menu for this reason. My wife had the bass and I had the steak for entrees, both exquisite and finished off with a Gelato and butterscotch budino. Highly recommend and will be back again.

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LaurieB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Feast of Seven Fishes! Another wonderful Grano experience 😍

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience4

The pris fix menu seemed to slow down the kitchen
We waited a long time for the entrees

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hospitality, our meals were outstanding! Can’t wait to return!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly crafted food, well balanced flavors. Haddock was delectable.
Beautiful decor with friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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AdamG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and cocktails.

Great scene with every table filled.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food experience. Menu is constantly changing and every meal is phenomenal. Love Grano!

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MikeE
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been twice and their food is amazing. And that should put into perspective how good their cocktails are because their cocktails are even better than their food. They have the among best cocktails I've ever had. I had the Final Frontier and it might be my favorite cocktail of all time.

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KTinCT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and drink at Grano Arso was very good but pricey. Servers were pleasant and attentive, but we had to wait a long time to get our entrees. We were given a complimentary appetizer to hold us over. Nice atmosphere, and downtown Chester was beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

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DonnaM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was so perfect and the waiter was great too. We had a 5:30 reservation and we’re seated promptly. It took a very long time to get our appetizer and dinner. We were in the restaurant almost three hours. I understand the food is made fresh but that was too long. We will return and bring our family and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic location, great service…that bread is so incredible. We love this place!

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SandraR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!! Food was amazing!!!

JB
JonathanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my girl.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got together with friends before Christmas and there was just the right amount of a festive vibe at Grano Arso. Our waiter Steven was awesome, the food was delicious, and the service was great. Can’t wait to go again!

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DENISER
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was well informed and attentive. We ordered the tasting menu and ate every morsel. It was outstanding. We will return again and again.

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Claudia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grano never disappoints! We were seated in a largely empty room and had plenty of space between our table and the other diners in the restaurant. Servers wore masks and were attentive and friendly. And the food - especially the pasta - was excellent! We love their locally sourced ingredients. Their bread is also legendary. If you are visiting Chester, I would highly recommend reserving a table at Grano!

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TripleL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service, party of 3 and we ordered 3 apps to share and 1 pasta entre to share and it was perfect! So many interesting flavors, especially liked the carmelized parsnip appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious as always but service a bit slow.

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JWB15
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection! The service, and food was amazing. Always a pleasure. Recommend highly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Without question one of the best restaurants in Connecticut. No pretensions, just outrageously creative and delicious food. Hand-milled flours for bread and pasta—that’s about all you need to know

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Robert
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The ambience was great, but the food was quite mixed. My wife and I loved our appetizers of an onion tart and duck confit. The lower Manhattan was an excellent cocktail and the Riesling was nice and dry. The entrées, both of which were pasta, were nothing special. The waiter was very nice but the service was just OK. We waited longer than expected for entrées. We were hoping for something more on par with Arethusa in Bantam, but it was not a close call.

FAQs

Grano Arso offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 322-3143.

Grano Arso is rated 4.7 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.