I was visiting a friend in town and we went to Grano at 2035 Yonge St. He lives nearby and is a regular. The funny thing was, he apparently never gets past the antipasta bar! Well, I changed that. Their appetizers and pasta are available in half and whole portions. We decided to share a number of things. We got a 1/2 order of grilled sardines, 1/2 of grilled calamari, 1/2 of gnocci in a light cream sauce, and an entree special of grilled european sea bass with broccoli rabe and farro with tomatos and olives. Both apps were excellent, fresh, flavorful and well prepared. The half portions were what most places would serve as regular-sized apps. The homemade gnocci was a generous amount as well. Not the lightest as I've ever had, but good in a nice light sauce. The sea bass was grilled whole. It was fresh but a little overdone. The sides were very good. We got a $40 bottle of Italian red to go with it (Tortonni?). We were too full for dessert but they have a nice selection of homemade gelato as well as other desserts to choose from. Total including tax and tip was $147. I don't know how this compares to similar restaurants in Toronto but it seemed pretty reasonable to me for what we had. This is not a fancy place but the owners are clearly focused on the food. I'd definitely go back.
Grano is owned and operated by Lucia Ruggiero-Martella and Roberto Martella, who closely oversee the restaurant. They also do catering. It's been around for a while but its definitely worth giving this family-run restaurant a try if you haven't.