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November 13, 2009

An Italian Thanksgiving?

GranoExterior.jpgI promised to tell you about restaurants that are going to be open for Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and I thought I would hear about more of them than I have.

But here's one you probably haven't thought of: Grano, the Hampden pasta bar that moved to 3547 Chestnut Ave. and is now much more of a restaurant.

Bored with the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner? Grano will be open on Nov. 26 for an Italian Thanksgiving. ...

Not to worry. The centerpiece will still be turkey. Lobster bisque is involved, and pasta, chestnuts, and a lot of other good things. There will be a buffet of side dishes, and complimentary bellini and Boody Marys. (Bring your own wine.)

The price tag is $65, or 55 euros. (What can I say?)

Grano will have one seating, at 4 p.m., which means there won't be many seats. To make reservations, call 443-869-3429.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 12:16 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Italian, Thanksgiving


Being of Italian descent, my family's Thanksgiving dinner has always included my mother's lasagna, ravioli, meatballs, sausage, bracciole and other dishes.
The first time I brought my wife home for Thanksgiving with my family (before she became my wife), she couldn't understand why we were eating Italian food on this Holiday. Just when she thought we were done eating, out came the turkey and all the trimmings! I think she almost fell out of her chair. She's learned to pace herself in the years since.

i didn't know Granos moved ! Speaking of what NickinEC said, i dated a guy in high school for a few years who was Italian, and no matter what the holiday, his Mom did the same as Nick's..and it was awesome. They would also serve not a turkey, but a ham. Did i miss the turkey and trimmings? No way.
The pasta i had at Granos at their original spot was delightful..

Aren't "Boody Marys" more appropriate for Halloween?

Dahlink, the celery, pickle, olives, etc. in the BM bespeak the harvest. So really the BM is a cocktail for all seasons. You know, like martinis!

No argument, jl--it was the BOO in the BM I was commenting on.


that is one hell of a lot of food at one meal! but it sounds delicious. I can just imagine the leftovers y'all must have had for days.

In my Italian family, Thanksgiving is considered practice for the mother of all meals that is on Christmas Day. We call the lasagne the amuse bouche.

Spam at 7:52 AM! (Now it's from the French branch of yesterday's UK shiller of vitamin supplements.)

"Little Grano", the first location on the Avenue and Hickory is open as well as the new location. The menu is the same as before. Please visit us at either location! Thanks for all our wonderful friends and neighbors!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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