Like many touristy cities Rome can be a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to good food. There are too many places which simply don't try, instead relying on an abundance of tourists unlikely to return to survive.
Grano most certainly is not one of those spots. A smallish restaurant set in an almost hidden piazzetta minutes away from the pantheon, it has a charming garden area which feels as if it is closer to a town in Umbria or Tuscany than in the heart or Rome.
The food and wine was exceptional - certainly much better than I had expected, and the service was warm, welcomming and friendly.
The style and presentation of the dishes is closer to a French Michellin stared restaurant than a traditional Trattoria, but there is a heavy italian influence in the flavour as well as the ingredients. The menu is compact but diverse both in seafood, fresh fish and meat choices and the dishes are well crafted.
If you are looking for a 'mamma' style traditional (southern) Italian restaurant this is probably not it, but if you want a beautiful dining experience which is surprisingly relaxing (and romantic) then this is a great spot.
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