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Weekend Specials

Greetings!

VealQuite a week we have had, non? And it looks like we may not be totally out of the woods yet, although Sunday does look promising temperature wise. But we all know the routine, and are aware that it could have been worse, like Buffalo (with all fondness and due respect to my friends from Buffalo), and “Polar Vortex” it was not, although it kind of felt like it. But carry on we must, as we are this weekend with some very good features. I will share with you that we are told that the weather back east has impacted the fresh fish offerings this weekend, but we still managed to get some #1 Grade Yellow Fin Tuna and Arctic Char for you to enjoy, as well as Certified Angus Beef New York Strip Steak. It looks like a warming trend is on its way, so maybe you can head out and join us, we’d love to see you!

On the wine front, the excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon from Hawks View has taken a hiatus from our feature board, although do not be surprised if it returns again. But as I have said before – many times – there is a lot of excellent juice out there, and I have other wines for you to enjoy. I am adding today an interesting red blend from California, Reckless Love, that combines in equal proportions Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa with Syrah from Paso Robles. The winemakers take a light hearted approach to their craft, as evidenced by what they share on their bottle, but they have made a well balanced wine with abundant fruit, adequate structure, decent tannins and nice finish. It is a fun wine that works well this time of year. I also want to remind you of the two excellent wines in our program that were very well rated by Wine Spectator recently. The Pinot Gris from Maysara from Oregon is called “lively, expressive and appealing” by the Spectator, which is all true, and you may
recall that I am a big fan of the entire Maysara line up, including two Pinot Noir that we also offer. Machete is a Petit Sirah blend from Orin Swift, and is another in the amazing list of wines from Dave Phinney that we have available. This wine offers fruit, body and structure as does Reckless Love, but with more depth. It is an allocated wine and will not be available very long, although I have managed to get a good supply for now, so I urge you to try it. Not inexpensive, but very good.

As always I want to thank you for your continued support. Remember to consider joining us this New Year’s Eve for our 5:30, 7:30 or 9:30 seatings. Call (440) 871-3054, do not email, for a reservation. We hope you are warm and well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Well, it had to happen sometime. The white stuff fell from the sky today, and it looks like more may be on its way. Not shovel grade, thankfully, at least on our part of town, but come it will. But no need for despair, you can still join us at Fratello’s, enjoy a fine meal and wine in our dining room and pretend it is whatever season you want it to be. (Remember I said pretend, because once one heads outside reality hits again!) We will be featuring this weekend Golden Corvina Fish from Costa Rica, Sturgeon Fish and Buffalo, as in Bison, Short Ribs. I cannot do much with the weather, but we can offer you a decent meal. We’d love to see you!

On the wine front, I was pleased to read in the most recent Wine Spectator magazine that Maysara Winery from Oregon was awarded a best buy for their Pinot Gris. You might recall that I have lauding the wines of Maysara recently in these pages, not only their Pinot Gris but also their Pinot Noir, all of which we have available on our wine list. Actually we have two Pinot Noir from Maysara available, although the Pinot Noir Cyrus is not yet on our list. Another wine that Wine Spectator liked, and also available but not yet on our list, is a Petit Sirah blend from Orin Swift from California, Machete. The winemaker at Orin Swift is Dave Phinney, whose wines include Abstract, Palermo, Papillon and Locations E, and who was responsible for Prisoner and Saldo, all of which we have on our list. All of his wines display ample fruit yet are well balanced and work well with our menu. Machete is a blend of Petit Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, and is a medium bodied wine with sufficient
structure to be interesting. Spectator recommends these wines, and I agree. Give them a try. Plus Machete continues Dave Phinney’s inclination toward very interesting wine labels on his wines, and I dare say may be his most audacious labels to date. All on a good wine. Interesting.

Thank you for your continued support. Remember to consider joining us this New Year’s Eve for our 5:30, 7:30 or 9:30 seatings. Call, do not email, for a reservation. We hope you are warm and well, ad look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Okay, I get it, outside is not exactly the weather we want to have, or for that matter what we have been enjoying (cheers for us!) recently. But in terms that we all can appreciate and relate to (unfortunately), it could be worse. Which, also unfortunately, is kind of what I am hearing that we will face in the near future. But do not despair, there is much one can do to turn that frown upside down, so to speak. Like, just saying, maybe head out to a nice little Italian restaurant for some tasty food and wine. Like, say, Fratello’s, where we will be featuring Chilean Sea Bass, Jumbo Sea Scallops and Prestige (not just any!) Pork Chops. I cannot change what may happen outside, but we can deliver good food and wine. We’d love to see ya’!

Winewise, as I told you last week, I added the Sangiovese/Merlot blend from Italy, “Oltre”, to our feature board and it has been very well received, so much so that I added to our supply this week. This is a medium bodied wine that works well with out menu, but also does well on its own. Off menu I have an inexpensive Cabernet/Shiraz blend from Penfolds from Australia that I liked, which again is both good for our menu and also on its own. I want to remind you again of the wines from White Oak from Sonoma and Napa, including a Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah that we offer, which are all very well made and good values considering the quality. Lastly, I remain a big fan of the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Maysara from Oregon, also on our list. These wines are very well made by this family run vineyard, and I urge you to try them. I think all the wines on our list and in our wine program are decent wines, otherwise I would not offer them to you, but I am especially
pleased when not only are wines very good but when I have some sort of connection to them, which is the case with both White Oak and Maysara. Well made wines, good values, made by decent people, you cannot go wrong.

Lastly, I want to mention again our plans for New Years’ Eve, as we are now accepting reservations for all size parties for seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30. Again, call us, do not email. We always have a good time, and we’d love to have you join us.

Thanks for your continued support. We hope you are well and adjusted to our weather and time changes, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

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Greetings!

Well, tonight’s the night. No, I am not thinking about how we at Fratello’s are open for business as usual, offering you fine food and wine this evening (which we are). As you might have heard, tonight is the opening of the Cavs season, which has a few people excited, to say the least. Back to the fine food and wine, we are open this evening, and we will even have the game on the tube. But I was thinking also about tomorrow night, and Saturday as well, when I hope in the glow of a fine victory you’ll consider joining us for dinner. We will be featuring Delmonico Steak, Swordfish and Black Grouper, along with a few other Fratello favorities – you know, veal & shrimp & calamari & chicken & clams & mussels & pasta & eggplant &…..We’d love to see you!

On the wine front, I have moved the white blend from California, Conundrum, to our wine list from the feature board. Conundrum is a blend of several grapes, the exact mixture being a secret known only to the winemaker, but they include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon, muscat and viognier, and the grapes come from Napa, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties. Somewhat of a hodgepodge, but all these grapes provide a multi-layered wine with very good balance, medium bodied and medium dry to dry. I moved Conundrum to the list because I wanted to clear room for a new Italian wine on the feature board. Terra Rossa “Oltre” is a Super Tuscan red from Montalcino, the home of the world famous Brunello, which we also have on our list. Oltre is a blend of the Sangiovese clone that is Brunello and Merlot, providing a wine with smoothness and structure, yet an easy drinking wine with soft, even smooth tannins. I was impressed with this wine when I sampled it, and I suggest you
give it a go. It will work very well with our menu.

Thanks again for all your support, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. Remember what I told you last week of our plans for New Years’ Eve, as we are now accepting reservations for all size parties for seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30. Again, call us, do not email. And in another sign of how they seem to jump early on the seasons (at least to me, and doesn’t it seem to get earlier every year?), we plan to tap Great Lakes Christmas Ale this weekend. See, another reason to join us!

=================================================Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

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Greetings!

Hello, I’m back again! It seems a bit cooler than it’s been, but it is October after all. And at least the sun is out and smiling – you have to like that, especially around here. Isn’t this just the perfect weather to head out for some good food and wine? At least it is for me (along with, say, eleven other months, but that’s just me I guess), and this weekend we are featuring some tasty items for you to enjoy. Our features include Lane Snapper, Haddock and Beef Short Ribs, which are always good this time of year. We’d love to see you and hope you have time to mosey over.

I recently had the opportunity to visit and taste some very good wines from the Willamette Valley southwest of Portland, and if you are not familiar with wines from this region I urge you to try them. We are fans of Oregon wines, and we feature a Pinot Noir from Hawks View on our feature board. We also have several other Pinot Noir wines from Oregon on our wine list. I am very fond of the wines from Maysara, which is a family owned and run winery outside of McMinnville. Their wines are not only excellent but a very good value, and they practice biodynamic agriculture, believing healthy soil renders healthy wines. We currently have a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris on the white side, and I may add more of their wines to our program. Very good people, very good wines.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. I know Halloween is not yet here, but I have already received Christmas catalogues!! This is the way things are now, I guess, so accordingly I have started to take reservations for New Year’s Eve. As always, we have seatings at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30, and we take reservations for all sized parties. Please call for a reservation, do not email. Our numbers are 440-933-3380 and 440-871-3054.

=================================================Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Okay, so it’s not as warm as it has been. But at least the sun is out, and living here we all know it could be worse. Sure, it is a bit on the cool side, but you know what that means. Why, it is just perfect weather to head out and enjoy the food and wine at Fratello’s! We will be featuring this weekend Opah Fish, Mahi-mahi from Hawaii and Rack of Lamb. Plus all your Fratello favorites like Veal and Shrimp and Chicken and Clams and Mussels and Pasta and Calamari and Eggplant and…will be available as well. We’d love to see ya’!

As for the wine world, in recent emails I have suggested you try different varietals of wine to enjoy with your meal, like Grenache and Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Sangiovese. Another of my favorite grapes is Syrah, which I think works especially well with our menu. Syrah is grown throughout the world, from France to Spain, Australia to California, Washington to Italy, and we have Syrah based wines from all these regions. Wines that come to mind include Atteca from Spain, Abstract from California, Cannonau from Italy, Shiraz from Australia, and straight Syrah from Napa. Off list I have a very affordable wine from California made by a winemaker from Oregon, Hawks View, who make the excellent Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley that we also feature on our board. Among what I love about this grape is its versatility and variety, ranging from the more fruit intensive wines of California and especially Australia, to the much more muted and complex flavors that come from Spain and
France. I love the grape, and I hope you’ll consider trying a Shiraz with your dinner this weekend.

Thank you as always for all your support and friendship. We hope you are well and enjoying our good fortune outside, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Our mailing address is:
Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

We sure have enjoyed some amazing weather. non? For me it has been close to perfect – moderate temps, blue skies, no heat or AC on. But all things must pass, or so they say, and as Sherlock would say it looks like changes are afoot this weekend. But this is no reason for despair! I have an idea that might just perk up your weekend – why not consider joining us this weekend at Fratello’s! (Some surprise, non?) Our features this weekend include Chilean Sea Bass, Jumbo Sea Scallops, and Delmonico Steak. And our other features include some tasty Veal and Shrimp Fratello, Chicken Rollotini, Eggplant & Chicken & Veal Parmigiana, Clams Casino, Pasta Marinara, Linguini with Clams, Pescatore, Artichokes Fratello……….

We continue to feature on our wine board the excellent Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Spanish red blend, Locations “E”, the Oregon Pinot Noir from Hawks View, and the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena. As you may know I am fond of the wines of Ferrari-Carano, which is based in Sonoma, another of my favorite places. In addition to Siena, we also carry a Cabernet and a Chardonnay from Ferrari-Carano, and the excellent Cabernet/Syrah blend, Prevail. I am confident that we can find a wine on our list that will work for you.

We hope your are well and enjoying our good weather fortune, as long as it lasts. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

======================================================Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Our mailing address is:
Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Nothing like beautiful weather to make one smile, non? It is close to perfect out there – abundant sunshine, warm temps, no furnace, no AC, all good. Now what will really make things really perfect – at least to me, obviously – is a wonderful meal, fine wine, good people. We can supply the first two, the later you are on your own, although we do have some pretty fine people right here. We will be featuring this weekend fresh Swordfish from the Pacific, Lemon Sole from the Atlantic, and “grass fed” Kobe Beef Filet from the land in between (hint – there are 50 states). It will be a fantastic weekend to head out, and we’d love to see ya’!

As far as the wine part of the “perfect” weekend, I think we can help you there as well. All our feature wines are very good, obviously, including the Cab from Joel Gott, the excellent Oregon Pinot Noir from Hawks View, the also excellent red Spanish blend, Locations E, and the tasty Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena. Last week I talked about the wonderful and varied tastes of Pinot Noir, and today I want to suggest you consider another grape varietal, Grenache. Grenache is grown throughout the world, and we offer Grenache based wines from France, Italy, Spain and California. The offerings from California include the wines from Dave Phinney, the winemaker behind “E”, Prisoner and Abstract. Italy offers Cannonau from Sardinia, but it is from France and Spain where I think Grenache achieves its finest expression. The wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Cotes du Rhone, Lirac and especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape, are all excellent, and from Spain we have wines from
Priorat, which is near Barcelona, and especially Atteca. Grenache is a medium to full bodied wine, with excellent fruit and balance, and works very well with our cuisine. I think Grenache is among the most food friendly wines, wherever it comes from, and is available at many price points. I urge you to try it.

We trust you are well and enjoying the weather and season, and whatever you do hope you have a nice weekend (but we would really like you to spend some of if with us!). Thanks for all your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Our mailing address is:
Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

It looks like the pendulum has swung around in our favor again this weekend, that is, if one likes beautiful skies and warm temps. I’d say perfect weather to head out for some good food & wine. (Now come on, you’d expect me to say something like this, non?) We will be featuring this weekend Lamb stew, Red Grouper, and Shortbill spearfish, also known as Hebi in Hawaii, where it comes from. The Hebi is a mild tasting fish, with a somewhat more pronounced flavor than tuna. I am also told that a special appetizer is in the works. We hope you’ll consider joining us and keep us company tonight, or tomorrow, or…..

On our feature board we continue to feature the excellent Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley of Oregon from Hawks View. I am very fond of Pinot Noir, in large measure because of all the interesting types of Pinot that are available and in how versatile the wine is with many types of food. Pinot is a red wine that works equally well with poultry, meat, or fish dishes, and a Pinot from the Central Coast area of California, like Laetitia which we love and have featured for quite awhile, is a very different wine from a Pinot from Oregon, like the Hawks View. And then there is Pinot from the true home of the grape, red Burgundy from France, another animal all together. Another and among my most favorite regions for Pinot Noir is the Russian River area of Sonoma, which the wines of Gary Farrell represent very well. We have Pinot Noir from all these areas on our list, from France, several from California, several more from Oregon, and even some from other areas of the world. If
you have not done so yet, I urge you to open up your palates to Pinot Noir. It is a wonderful wine.

We trust you are well and have weathered through the ups and downs of our summer, which is rapidly leaving us. But fall is another great time of year, and we hope to see you. Thanks for your continued support, it is sincerely appreciated.

Ciao

P.S. I want to offer congrats to our friends John & Alex who join their lives together this weekend. Bon Voyage, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

P.P.S How about those Browns! And keep some faith for the Tribe! Go Cleveland sports!!

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Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Our mailing address is:
Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

You’d think I’d know by now, but it sure can be crazy around here sometimes. And I am not thinking now of events in the back or front of our “house”, as true and as tempting as they are. Non, mes amis, I refer to the temps around here. Just last week I was noting how warm it had gotten all of a sudden, yet now we probably can reach for the blanket for a comfy sleep. Consistently would be appreciated. Like, say, in restaurants. We for our part do our best to be consistent in both food and service, and to offer some interesting and tasty specials both nightly and on weekends. Take this weekend, when we are featuring Certified Angus Beef Bone-in Ribeye Steaks, Hawaiian Mong Chong Fish (which is not only tasty but fun to say!) and Pacific Lane Snapper. Remember there is always some Veal and Shrimp and Clams and Mussels and Calamari and Chicken and Pasta and Eggplant and……as well.

We also try to be consistent in our wine offerings. The feature board has not changed this week as all the wines continue to be very well received. They include the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the red blend from Spain Location E, the white blend from California, Conundrum, the excellent Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, and the also excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon, Hawks View. I expect to receive a handful of a pricey but very good Cabernet from Caymus tomorrow, which also might be a thought. Often you get what you pay for, and this is definitely is the case with this wine. Excellent fruit and body, structure and balance, all one expects from a high end California Cabernet.

Thank you for all your support and friendship. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Copyright © 2014 Fratello’s, All rights reserved.

Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more.

(440) 871-3054
(440) 933-3380 in Lorain

Our mailing address is:
Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012