Grassona's Italian

4.5
328 reviews
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Italian
Brought to you by the Fairsted Kitchen team, Grassona's Italian serves creative Italian comfort fare inspired by a love of Grandma's red sauce cooking.

With heaping antipasto platters, hearty pastas, and tongue in cheek riffs on Italian standards, our warm and welcoming experience stretches from quick weeknight suppers to lingering weekend feasts. Come for our family style menu that makes group dining a delicious breeze. And bring the children for our Bambino's menu, with smaller portions of the same honest, scratch cooking from the dinner menu.

Find the perfect partner to your meal our deep Italian wine list overseen by Proprietor & Sommelier Steve Bowman. Or delve into our bar offering timeless classic cocktail alongside innovative house creations.

In the heart of Brookline's Washington Square, Grassona's Italian is convenient to many local colleges. We are a quick hop from BC, BU, Simmons, and Emmanuel, halfway along Beacon street between Kenmore and Cleveland Circle.
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BJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Everyone liked their meal except I had the brick chicken and it was a bit bland. Wilted greens didn't work.
My husband and another friend order the flight sampler. The waiter spilled one of the drinks all over my husband's sweater and coat. Didn't compensate us for it and almost avoided us the rest of the time except to bring the check. Weird...don't think we'll go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Grassona's. Every time we have been, they are top notch. This time was no exception. They were especially busy for a Sunday night and only had one server on. Though it took extra time in between server visits, Mark was incredibly personable, knew his stuff, and took his time explaining menu items. The food, as always, was amazing. I will always recommend Grassona's to anyone who needs a place to eat in Brookline.

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LS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved much about the restaurant...as indicated above. My food was too sour for me, and while I understand that pickling is a trend, it is not my favorite, so it would have been helpful to know that the dish would be sour.
Other than that, the dining experience was great.

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MK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time visiting Grassona's and it was just as delightful as the first. This restaurant is a new gem in the Brighton/Brookline area. The service is impeccable and the food is exquisite. The wine list is impressive and extensive, and the ambiance of the space is lovely and romantic. Definitely my favourite new date spot with my fiancé. Can't wait to come back again!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Great vegan options! We will definitely be back.

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n
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to Grassona's was enjoyable. We thought that our salads, dinner, and service was very good. Our waiter was a plus. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and answered our questions perfectly. This restaurant is worth several more visits.

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TI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with very good cocktails and wonderful service. They also have a large vegan/vegetarian menu if you're into that sort of thing. It is a smaller place so getting reservations is a good idea.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. A great, intimate spot for a date night with delicious craft cocktails. Also a great GLUTEN FREE menu for intolerant folks like me!

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K
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, rich flavors and the fried corn bread was one of the best things I’ve eaten anywhere... especially with the veal - wow!

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NN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grassona’s Italian is a really wonderful neighborhood gem. From the creators of Fairsted Kitchen, Steve has incredible attention to detail and the food reflects that. If you want an intimate warm experience where you can support a local business check out Grassona’s.

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grassona is always a pleasure. Warm, friendly atmosphere, wonderful food, terrific guided wine selections. It never fails.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

too noisy for easy conversation otherwise it was fine.........................................................

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G
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Grassona's but is sure not to be our last. We were celebrating with my 92 year old mother, who has difficulty seeing and hearing. The staff was warm, gracious and endlessly patient. The service was impeccable and the food was fresh, creative and out of this world. I highly recommend Grassona's!

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The waiter's extravagant praise for the cuisine unfortunately failed to match the actual quality of the food, which was overpriced and disappointingly mediocre. I really liked Fairsted Kitchen and was so hoping its replacement would be comparable.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cozy atmosphere, most tables seat 2, so, great for dates. Appetizers are all great, especially the arancini, and the smoked olives. I had the lamb shank for a main, meat was fall off the bone tender. Service was impeccable, very attentive without being overbearing. Definitely coming back again for dinner!

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IP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are an elderly couple so do like the fact that the music does not interfere with conversation. Food, although very good, was a bit salty. Staff very accommodating. Enjoyed the restaurant very much.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed because I expected more.
Food was mediocre.

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MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food that reminded me of my nonna’s family cooking with a refined touch...the cocktails were fantastic

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance!

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R
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place, open late enough to be after movie, quiet (QUIET!) at that hour, with great menu and caring service, reasonably priced. I hate saying this on line for fear the secret will get out.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

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MH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful,as usual. And the wine advice can't be beat anywhere. Thanks, Margot

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific dinner at Grassona's with our young adult children. Creative and delicious twist on Italian comfort dishes!

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food. Fun to share plates. Just ask the chef to hold on the salt!

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m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing. Grilled rabe might be one of the best dishes I have had this year!!

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VW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming place with a happy staff. Pasta portions are very large and can be shared.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cozy and welcoming! Couldn’t have hoped for better on a cold and rainy night. The flank steak was wonderful.

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JC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The place is small. It's located right next to Barcelona. The noise level was a little high when we got there probably because the place was almost full. It got a lot better as the night went on and tables cleared out. Good drinks to start. Once you order they bring the bread. I hope you are not hungry as the bread was 3 tiny pieces on a plate. It wasn't enough for one person never mind two. We ordered the rabe app. It was yummy, as advertised. For dinner we both ordered pasta. Bolognese and Lamb Ragu. The bolognese could use more meat and sauce, the lamb ragu was fine. Servings came out nice an hot too. For dessert we had the Chocolate Buddin, small but very tasty. Ordered coffee to go with it. It came in a french press and tasted great.

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g
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant. The waitress was very knowledgeable and made substitutions for my gluten-free needs. The restaurant is so charming. We will definitely go back.

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JT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Brunch was great but would have been better if we had not been the only party there. That always makes me a bit wary. But the service was excellent and the food really good. Don't understand why we were the only people there. Should have been busy with food and service this good. Give it a try.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place. It’s a small cozy place with only about 10 tables. The ambiance is awesome, very welcoming. And although it was freezing outside, as soon as we walked into the restaurant it was so warm and cozy. The food was seriously good and the server was attentive without being too much. I would recommend this place for a date night, a group of small friends getting together, or even a business meal.

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CN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful ambiance. Restaurant is small and intimate. Perfect for any occasion or just a quiet, lovely dining experience. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food mediocre.

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AB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiet, rainy night. Great cocktails. Wonderful ambience. Not their best food performance but delicious all the same.

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CL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Knowledgeable staff, perfect food, high touch service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for a group brunch. Very accommodating to dietery restrictions and super respectful to special circumstances. Glad to hand enjoyed a delicious meal here! The bolo was so good, as was the cute throwback of tatertots. Will be back!!!

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JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Grassona's for the excellent, creative cuisine, reasonable prices and especially the pleasant and QUIET atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The red sauce was far too salty, the arrannci with dill yogurt did not work.

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EA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is always spectacular. The sauce on the pasta dishes are light and perfectly executed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My son moved in down the street and we were looking for an Italian restaurant where we could take him and his friends. What a great find! Food was fabulous, not your typical Italian restaurant. Several of us were craving Pasta Bolognese and theirs did not disappoint (however, they use Kale in their recipe and it was a little too much). Our guests also loved their braised lamb dish. The next day two of us went back for their "Disney" brunch. It was fabulous!

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