Who are we?

We are Grano, an Italian kitchen selling Proper Italian Food in Bristol

Everything we serve is homemade, with vegan and vegetarian options available everyday.

The three meanings of Grano

‘Grano’, or ‘wheat’ is one of the cornerstones of Italian life. Wheat flour is the main ingredient in most Italian staples, from pasta and pizza to traditional breads such as focaccia; it forms the basis of almost everything that comes out of our kitchen.

The word also happens to be a fusion of the surnames of a dear friend, Domenico Graziano, and my own, Alberto Noriega, and is Italian street slang for ‘dough’ – or money. 

This triple meaning encapsulates everything that makes Grano Kitchen unique – tasty, authentic food, cooked with love.

The story so far

The Grano Kitchen journey began in March 2014, when I moved from the beautiful city of Turin in northwest Italy to Bristol, drawn by the terrific music scene. Realising that Bristol is a city of great food, as well as great music, I began to host lunches and dinners at my place, cooking for ever-growing numbers of friends and finding myself thrilled by their positive comments.

In the summer of 2017, a friend of mine (Paolo) invited me to sell my lasagna at Fishponds Food Assembly alongside his fantastic bread and focaccia, to great success; I had a stall there for a whole year.

In May 2018 Stefano from Glitch (Old Market) asked me to open the kitchen in their concept store, and so I did. The next step in my journey has been to join forces with Gemma and Chris from To The Moon (still Old a Market) whose will host my kitchen in a bigger space with more seatings and a relaxed atmosphere. We are now me and my brother from an different mother Dave to run the kitchen.

In July 2020 Giuseppe Baio, after finding us on instagram, offered us to join him into a new venue in Whiteladies road, Clifton with his brother, Luciano.

In April 2021 we moved from Whiteladies road to a new location in city centre: The Boardroom, 20 st Nicholas street BS11UB. This is our new, central location.

Alberto Noriega, Founder