Eddin is an Italian-Syrian, and brings his own unique flavors to the menu.
"The Italian pasta is authentic. It is made from flour from Italy. The pizza crust is made from Italian flour. The most important thing is that our food concept is based on food culture, not just eating," he said. "It is very important for people to know what they are eating. We hope that people will consider changing their eating habits and make efforts to eat healthier foods."
"You are what you eat," Krayem said.
The eight handmade pasta dinners include a small salad and bread.
Penne quattro formaggi, fettuccini Alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, and farfalle primavera are $7.99 or less. Lasagna or baked rigatoni is $8.99. Shrimp with spaghetti marinara and chicken parmigiana are less than $12.
Fourteen types of 13-inch handmade pizzas are featured for $8 to $13. Especially tempting is a capricciosa pizza featuring parmesan, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes and kalamata olives, and a parmigiana pizza with eggplant, garlic, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
Diners can also select their own toppings. A gluten-free pizza is available upon request.
There are six dinner entrees, each served with broccoli and rice: chargrilled Atlantic salmon, chicken artichoke, Cabo-style chicken, fish filet, a fried shrimp platter and goldfingers. The price range is $9.99 to $17.99.
The restaurant also offers three types of gyros, a falafel wrap, a steak sandwich, a grilled chicken breast sandwich, and four types of burgers, including a veggie one, for less than $10, including fries. Four types of kebabs are offered -- shish, chicken, kofta (lamb), grilled shrimp, and mixed -- for $10.99 and include two sides and pita bread.
The 11 appetizers on the menu are truly that, appetizing. They range from the typical -- buffalo wings, cheese sticks and bruschetta -- to the exotic, tabbouleh, falafel, and moutabal (a roasted eggplant dip). They range in price from $4.49 to $9.99.
Twelve types of delicious desserts are offered, including four types of cake (Black Forest, crunchy almond, marzipan, and coconut), three types of tarts (pecan, date and almond pear), as well as baklava, tiramisu, éclairs, Swiss rolls and sable. They are offered by the piece for $1.99 to $4.29 or whole for $25 to $39. These can be paired with espresso coffee or cappuccino, regular or decaf coffee, or tea.
A Mediterranean diet is highly recommended because of its focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy oils, such as olive oil. According to the Mayo Clinic website, the benefits of such a diet include reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
"People feel comfortable and that is most important. If you provide good food and good prices, you'll be okay. Word of mouth is helping us a lot. I'm happy I'm here. It's a chance for me to give to West Virginia. Life is too short not to enjoy it," Krayem said.
Since coming to Charleston, Krayem said that he is enjoying the beautiful nature of the state and the friendliness of the community. He said that he recently spent five hours playing with his youngest daughter at a local park, a wonderful peaceful luxury for both of them. He said that he teaches his children to "always be positive and to thank God." It shows that he is teaching by example.
"We are really excited about Grano. I've tasted his food and he really knows what he's doing. It's great. I can hardly wait to taste the desserts," said Bob Anderson, executive director of the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Grano, 228 7th Ave., South Charleston, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A full catering menu is available. For additional information, call 304-205-5896. A website and Facebook page are under development.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.