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Grana Trattoria in Jamesport. (Photo credit: Victoria Caruso)

Authentic Italian cuisine and a charming setting makes for a delicious dining experience

THE GIST: Founded by David and Nancy Plath in 2010, this Jamesport mainstay embodies the ethos of Italian cooking, using fresh, simple ingredients. Grana’s menu takes patrons across Italy, specializing in region-specific cuisine and American classics served in a cozy atmosphere.

THE VIBE: With fewer than a dozen tables inside, the intimate, rustic setting is akin to a traditional trattoria. Italian charm permeates the space with wooden and mosaic-style tables and colorful posters of Italian cities. A focal point of the space is a long wooden bar, which gives diners a prime view of the wood-fired pizzas crafted in the trattoria’s brick oven. In the warmer months, guests can also dine alfresco under big red umbrellas tucked away on a charming patio.

THE FOOD: Grana’s menu tips toward seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Each dish reflects the owners’ inspiration from their travels across Italy and the United States. Renowned for their freshly-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas, Grana uses premium unbleached and organic flours, organic tomato sauce and daily house-made mozzarella to create each pie. Diners will also find cicchetti, small bites like seasonal vegetable fritters, fried calamari and grilled octopus, as well as organic green salads and main courses featuring chicken or veal.

Margherita: This classic thin, charred crust pie is made with organic double-fermented dough, organic plum tomato sauce, fresh house-made mozzarella, organic basil and imported Parmigiano Reggiano. Every slice of this Neapolitan-style pizza is bursting with rich Parmesan flavor and pairs well with a medium-bodied red wine or a refreshing pale ale. Served whole, it’s a pie meant for sharing with friends. 

Burrata plate: Burrata may look like your typical mozzarella from the outside, but it’s so much more. Break open its soft outer layer and you’ll be rewarded with a decadent, oozing mixture of small cheese curds and fresh cream. Served on a plate piled high with prosciutto, roasted red peppers and sweet pears atop a bed of arugula. 

Chicken chop Parmigiana: Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, Grana’s take on this Italian American dish does not disappoint. It’s made with imported Parmigiano Reggiano, fresh and aged mozzarella and Grana’s original organic marinara recipe. 

Lemon pistachio pesto pasta: While traditional pesto typically features basil and pine nuts, Grana takes a citrusy twist with this light and refreshing dish. Angel hair is tossed with fresh lemon zest, juice, Parmigiano and crushed pistachios to create a zesty dish similar to one commonly found along the Amalfi Coast, where huge lemons, known as sfusato Amalfitano, are king.

THE 411: Grana Trattoria Antica & Enoteca, 1556 Main Road, Jamesport 631-779-2844

Wednesday and Thursday: 4-8:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: noon-8 p.m.