If there are two things in the world that Danny Holleran loves, its pizza and family (and not necessarily in that order)! In fact, he can’t imagine what life would be like without either of them ~ they are a winning combination that have now been given a new place to shine at Holleran’s year-old restaurant Grainsley’s Kitchen + Drinks in Warwick.
Named after his two nieces Grayson (aged 5) and Ainsley (age 18 months), Grainsley’s Kitchen + Drinks features “pub style pizza” that you have to taste to believe. Not satisfied with the kind of ho-hum pizza found in most pizzerias, Holleran set out to recreate his own version of his two favorite styles of pizza, Neapolitan and NY-Style. His quest for this perfect pizza led him to the prestigious New York School of Pizza in Staten Island, NY where he learned at the hand of masters how to make the crust and sauce that now set his pizza apart from the rest.
Holleran always knew that pizza would be part of his life story, and so, after twenty years in the restaurant business, when an opportunity to own and operate his own restaurant arose, he grabbed at the chance. On March 18th of 2020, just days before the state shut down, Holleran was handed the keys to what would become the realization of a lifelong dream. He would have a chance to share his signature version of pub-style pizza ~ a basic style of pizza found throughout specialty shops in Massachusetts ~ and introduce Rhode Islanders to this refined process of making pizza.
It didn’t take long for Holleran to realize that he would need the help of his talented and generous family members to bring Grainsley’s Kitchen to life. With the physical labor of his brothers, the creative eye of his mother (hence the gorgeous, chic and yet homey décor) and the culinary expertise of his brother Justin (the restaurant’s chef), Grainsley’s Kitchen went from a dream to reality. Customers will now find a full-service bar with a “single pour” concrete countertop, comfy banquettes and an open kitchen where they can watch Justin work his magic. It is a sensory experience to visit this new restaurant in the heart of Conimicut Village.
Today, customers can dine-in or take-out some of Grainsley’s signature pizzas whose crispy crusts and savory sauces are made right in plain sight. There are also other tasty items on the menu including hand-breaded mozzarella triangles and onion rings, sandwiches, wraps, salads, fries, and finger-licking good chicken wings.
The best reason of all to visit Grainsley’s are their extraordinary pizzas, made with the freshest ingredients and always bold and creative. Bring your friends. Order online. Make a beeline to this fresh culinary face in Warwick.
Grainsley’s Kitchen + Drinks is located at 745 West Shore Road. Open Wednesday through Sunday – check out their hours on their website at www.grainsleys.com or call at 401-737-4992 to place your order.