My friends, if you love that hipster, quirky, rustic, up-cycled style of interiors, then you need to get your skates on and head to Wetherill Park, because there is this charming Italian restaurant that will have you salivating not only over the food, but also over the gorgeous interior. Just have a scroll through the photos below and you will see how fab it is. Grano is a place where you can drag your whole brood along as it ticks quite a few of the Little Munch boxes.
Its located in a somewhat industrial area, almost in the middle of nowhere - which means it has loads of parking! So your first hurdle is sorted. Next, yes there is easy access for your pram and a reasonable amount of space to park it next to your table. They also have high chairs, and as the table is decorated in everything recycled, you don't have to fret if your bambino knocks over the vase, as its probably a used tin can. There are funky toilets on site with a baby change table and because Grano is owned and run by Italians, your babes will be welcomed with open arms.
Grano is open every day, but Sunday is the only day they serve Mattina (breakfast) and this is when we visited. I had made a booking as I had heard that this place gets very popular and I'm glad that I did, because by the time we left there was a bum on every seat in the restaurant. When we arrived at 8.30am we were told that they were only open until 10am because the restaurant was booked for a lunch time function - that was fine by us because our boys basically only have an attention span of an hour or less before we need to evacuate with them. There was only one waitress working for most of the time that we were at Grano and let me tell you, she worked her little butt off and always with a smile on her face - a few other wait staff in Sydney could learn some hospitality skills from her that's for sure.
We had the choice of sitting inside or out in the patio area of Grano. We chose inside because it was a bit too chilly for our liking out in the patio area. The restaurant is fairly open plan, so is exposed a bit to the elements, so it might be wise to layer up when you visit in the winter months. To warm ourselves up we ordered coffees and hot chocolates as soon as we sat down.
The coffee was outstanding, I'm seeing more and more of Will & Co coffee popping up all over Sydney and it's a fantastic brew. The cup it came in is actually ceramic even though it looks like a takeaway cup. I asked that the boys hot chocolates be served in takeaway cups in order to avoid any breakages and the waitress was happy to oblige. She also very kindly made the hot chocolates luke warm so that the boys didn't scald their tongues - it's little touches like these that make me want to revisit a place time and time again (and obviously their gorgeous interior).
Whilst kidlets don't have their own menu at breakfast time, there are quite a few options on the adults menu that they would enjoy. For example, Tostato - raisin toast with spreads; Mortillo - blueberry bagel; Cornetto - wood fired croissant with ham & ricotta; or Fritelle - buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, strawberries & cream. The boys shared a serve of the Fritelle ($12.90) because one serve has 4 massive fluffy pancakes in it!! The chef kindly gave each boy their own board of pancakes to save any squabbles, once again a nice little child friendly touch. At lunch and dinner time bambinis do have their own menu that costs $12.00 and it includes a small drink as well as ice cream & topping. The choices on the menu are ham & pineapple pizza, schnitzel & chips, or spaghetti napoletana.
Now if you are a fan of a big breakfast on Sunday morning then you will love the breakfast boards that Grano serve up. There are 3 choices which all cost $15.90 and could easily be shared between two people. Cafes in other parts of Sydney charge up to $25.00 for similar meals. We sampled the Primavera (free range eggs, spicy canneli beans, wood fired tomatos & mushrooms, pancetta, baby spinach & 3 slices of toasted sourdough) as well as the Grano board (free range eggs, grilled double smoked ham, grilled zucchini, wood fired tomato, fresh ricotta & 3 slices of toasted sourdough). Trust me you won't eat again until dinner time after consuming one of these!
If you dine at Grano of an evening the menu covers all of the Italian classics. However, it's their Dolci menu that makes my mouth water - for example they serve Cannoli just like most Italian restaurants, BUT with Grano's version you pipe the filling into the cannoli shell yourself! Or how about the Biscotti Fritti? It's a deep fried vanilla bean oreo served with gelato. And last but not least - Ravioli di Ciliegia Cioccolato - deep fried ravioli filled with cherry ripe, hazelnut chocolate, roasted nuts, served with gianduia bianca gelato!! That is what I think you call food porn.
Surprisingly we did linger longer than an hour over our breakfast, but that was probably because I wanted to wait around till 10am when The Factoria next door opened its doors. Once again the interior is fabulous, I think it has been styled on Nonna's 1950's kitchen - even the gorgeous chicks that work in there were rocking out 50's style hair dos. The Factoria is as I said a gourmet food shop, complete with it's own fromagerie but is also somewhere you can pick up coffee, cake and panini. The cronut is a speciality of the house, they come in all sorts of glazes and flavours and look divine. They also have their very own gelateria. Only children would request gelato on a freezing cold day and only a mother wanting to shop in peace would let them have it! There are only a few table and chairs for you sit at in The Factoria, so you may have to prepared to have your treats to go if all the seats are taken. A florist shop (Fioretti) is also located next to The Factoria, but sadly it wasn't open when we were there.
Just to let you know that during school holidays Grano/Factoria/Fioretti run bambini cooking and floristry classes. Kids can learn how to make pizza and create floral arrangements. The classes include lunch and a drink and cost around $35.00. Meanwhile you can sit back and enjoy a coffee and a biscotti whilst the staff look after your bambini! The classes are always a sell out, so keep an eye on their facebook page and book a spot as soon as you see the classes advertised.
Now I know all of you Little Munchers are a stylish bunch, and that you love to visit stylish joints, so when you are next looking for somewhere to go for a yummy family meal how about you head to south west Sydney (and not the hipster belt) and check out Grano x
Cnr Horsley Dr & Canley Vale Rd, Wetherill Park
02 9725 4274
Open 7 days
Breakfast: Sun from 8am
Lunch: Sun - Fri from 12pm
Dinner: Wed - Mon from 6pm