We are avid critics of food and places. We love eating and are quite old fashioned on how we like to be served. And that is… Michelin level. So caring is all around GRANO... from the handpicked quality Italian ingredients, to passion in the kitchen, kindness in serving, and treating our own staff the best possible way.
But then... we didn't invent anything new. We only try to welcome our guests the good old way: personally and with utmost care. We are truly happy to feed you and to see you enjoy it. Seeing clients become our friends and our abitues is our best reward.
The idea of an Italian food shop in Bucharest was born in 2006, when Giulio and Giacomo convinced each other with a business plan written on the back of an envelope during a food fair in Italy that there was a great future for quality cuisine in Bucharest. In 2007, Giulio moved to Bucharest and one year later opened the first shop on Tudor Stefan, the street parallel to our location now.
Giacomo has always been a remote support while outsourcing suppliers from Italy and later from Singapore. The company was born on the ashes of a previous idea of Nicola, who eventually left his spot as a partner to Nanni, one of Giulio’s longtime friends.
Nanni's decision to move to Romania in the summer of 2012 sealed GRANO’s path to what it is today.
You'll see the waiters slicing meat and helping guests in the shop between taking care of their tables. On top of that, Nico and Liza, two sisters who have been here as long as we can remember, make all of our sweets. Steluta and Elena open the shop early every morning to bake our fresh homemade breads. Behind the stove everyday are Andrei and Sorin, two Romanian Chefs who learned about Italian cooking right here at GRANO. We hope the guests don't notice there isn't actually a team of Italian nonnas cooking back there.
Giulio worked in insurance for 13 years before joining his family’s vineyard for one and a half years. Working in the countryside, he understood that food
“I like to treat clients like an Italian man treats a lady”, he says, and you see it from the way your coat is taken at the entrance, to the last bit of tiramisu.
Nanni, one of Giulio’s oldest friends from Verona, moved to Bucharest in 2012, after a poker bet, in a complete leap of faith that fully changed his life. Funnily enough,
Nanni is behind every decision on where to place each product in GRANO and is our expert on wines.
He also was the running (hand) engine behind our fresh bread operation in the initial months. What makes him happiest in GRANO is that, as a passionate cook and master bread maker himself, he now has the opportunity to cater to a larger group of old and new friends than in the old days of cooking at home.
Giacomo has been instrumental to GRANO’s early development, such as his “Imparare costa” when fear of failure hit – “Learning has a cost”.
A seasoned businessman despite his age, he has been a great sounding board for Giulio and Nanni. Giacomo currently lives in Singapore with his Venezuelan wife and four children.