Grano Pasta Bar
Published: September 21, 2011
1031 West 36th St., (443) 869-3429, granopastabar.com
If you stop in Grano’s casual, small-menu pasta bar for lunch or an early dinner, you will enjoy the rare privilege of being waited on by your chef. Swing by the Wine Source or bring a bottle from home to enjoy as you select your pasta and sauce combination from the list of tasty choices; the wine will be corked for you and glasses provided, along with a carafe of water, so you never have to flag down your waiter for a refill, leaving them free to tend to your yummy appetizers. The narrow bar and bistro table setup allows customers to keep an eye on their order from pot to plate. Your dish arrives at your table with a quiet smile, grated cheese, and an extra plate for sharing. Before you can ask to see a dessert menu, the choices are listed for you, and when your check appears it is a friendly reminder, never a kick out the door.