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OPENING SOON!

 italian eatery & bar

Locally Sourced × Seasonally inspired

 

Located on Main Street in the quaint town of Chester, CT, Grano restaurant establishes its roots in the old Savings Bank built in 1902.

 

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, 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 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! Here are some of the local artists, designers and craftsman/women that brought Grano to life:

Jamie LaDucer - Chalk Art New England

Lauren DeMaio - Livin Muddy Studio

Sue Lennox - Nautical Needles

Adam Pipkin and Erica Sunshine - Harvest Moon Design/Build

Dave Herrle - Herrle Custom Carpentry

Patrick Gargano - Handyman and Mentor 

 

 

Phone

(860) 322-3143

 

Location

6 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412

 

Hours

T-Th 5p–9p
F-Sa 5p–10p
Su 5p–9p

Serving lunch in 2018!

 

 
My goal is to prepare dishes that are nourishing, healthful, bright, flavorful, wholesome and honest—brought to the guest with stupendous hospitality.
— Chef Joel
 
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Chef Joel Gargano, a Connecticut native and son of Italian bakers, began learning the trade in his parents' bakery at a young age with his father. 

 

It didn’t take long for him to discover the gratification from cooking. As graduate of Johnson and Wales, finishing with a Masters Degree in Culinary Education, the aspiring chef always connected teaching and cooking. While holding positions as an educator, Joel has been cooking professionally for 15 years. The chef has worked in several top kitchens in New England such as Chez Pascal in Providence, RI, Union League Cafe in New Haven, CT, and Bar Bouchée in Madison, CT. More recently Chef Joel has spent time at Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern in Simsbury, CT under James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist Tyler Anderson and at LINCOLN Ristorante in New York City under former Per Se Chef Jonathan Benno. Chef also designed and ran a successful food program for a student financial services company based in New Haven, CT. 

 
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