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Greetings!

It sure was a nice break from the heat, non? Close to perfect sleeping weather, nice breezes, a little rain for all the plants and grass, all good. Excellent temps to go out to a nice dinner, like, say, Fratello’s. We will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Albacore Tuna from Hawaii, and Mong Chong Fish, which is not only fun to say but is an excellent fish also from the waters of Hawaii. Rumor has it that it might be getting on the warm side again soon, so we hope you take the opportunity to visit with us this weekend. We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new red wine to our feature board, a very good Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, Juana de Sol. Malbec comes from southwestern France, primarily Bordeaux and regions further south near Spain, but it really comes into its own by itself in South America, especially in Argentina. Medium to fuller bodied with a deep color, Malbec is excellent with meat dishes and pasta dishes, especially pasta with Marinara or Bolognese, which we just happen to have. We have several other Malbecs on our wine list, and I urge you to try one. It is an excellent wine, and available at a variety of price points.

We are grateful for your support and patronage all these many years that we have been in Avon Lake. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS: Just a rumor, but word is that Tony Rizzo might be featuring an Italian restaurant from Avon Lake this Sunday on his TV show at 11. Just saying.

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Greetings!

Isn’t this a great time of year? Our weather recently has been close to perfect, the days are still long, it is before all the “back to school” hype (I hope!), and it just wonderful out. Just perfect conditions to go out and enjoy some good food and wine (some surprise I’d get here, non?). We will be featuring Red Grouper from the Atlantic, Lane Snapper from the Pacific, and Baseball Top Sirloin from the USA in the middle. I know there are many things and events to keep you occupied, but we’d love to see ya’!

Our feature board still is offering the excellent Nebbiolo I have been talking to you about, and we have a few bottles left of the Rosso de Montepulciano for you to enjoy. We continue to feature the very good white blend, Conundrum, joining the Cab from Joel Gott and Locations E which have been with us for awhile. We have a good selection of wines from Spain on our list, at many price points, and I urge you to try a Spanish wine with your dinner sometime. I think this region offers some of the best values in wine today, and their wines are very food friendly and work well with our menu.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you are enjoying your summer. Be safe, laugh and smile a lot, and perhaps we will see you. Take care.

Ciao

PS: GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

Surprise, surprise – it is only Wednesday, so what’s up with a Fratello’s email, you might ask. As you all know (or should), tomorrow is our nation’s birthday, so to speak, and we like many of you are not working and celebrating the national holiday. But we will be here on Saturday, and we are hoping that after all the cookouts you might be ready to give your kitchen a break and let us prepare for you some good food, and maybe some wine, to enjoy. We will be featuring Jumbo Sea Scallops, North Atlantic Haddock, and Bison Strip Steaks. It has been a hot week – just ask any of our chefs – so take a break and consider joining us. We’d love to see ya’!

I have to open my wine discussion with a mea culpa. Last week I waxed on about the virtues of the Italian grape Nebbiolo, which is all true and more, and the Nebbiolo we are featuring from Rivetto is very good. But I erred when I suggested that the world famous Barolo and Barbaresco are 10% Nebbiolo, which a friend and avid reader corrected me and suggested that I meant to say 100%, which is the correct figure. Sorry about that, I was never a good typist, but the point is the same – i.e. you should try Nebbiolo. But let’s move on, and let’s talk about the other famous Italian grape, Sangiovese. Sangiovese is grown all around the world, but I would argue reaches its zenith in Italy. It is the backbone of Chianti, and ranges from very inexpensive to the heights of the Super Tuscans, Vino Nobile, Rosso di Montalcino, and especially Brunello, the world famous Italian red wine. Sangiovese is an extremely good food wine, especially with red sauces, and can range from medium to very
full bodied, as in some of the Super Tuscans. I think it is often taken for granted and not afforded the respect it should have, and I urge you to give it a go when you visit. We have it available at all price points, even on our feature board (Rosso di Montepulciano), and it is a very friendly wine. Give it a try!

We appreciate sincerely your continued support and friendship. We hope you have a very happy and safe 4th of July, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS: GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

It sure is nice out there. I know, we had a little rain this week, OK, A LOT of rain, at least in some areas, but today anyway, it is a picture perfect summer day. Good for us, we deserve it, non? And I know this means that there are a lot of things to keep you busy or occupied, cool things like golf or boating or swimming or biking or walking or whatever, and maybe less cool things like cleaning the garage, etc..But we hope you can squeeze some time in to join us this weekend. We will be featuring Hog Snapper, Blue Marlin and Prestige (not just ordinary) Pork Chops. Hey, the days are as long as they are ever going to be now, and we all have to eat sometime, so we hope you’ll have time to join us.

I have added to our feature board a Nebbiolo from Rivetto, who also make an excellent Barolo that we have on our wine list. Last week I mentioned the wonders of the Grenache grape that is part of the Chateauneuf du Pape wines that are on our list, as well as in many other wines from California, Australia, France and especially Spain, which is always a good value area for wine. Nebbiolo is perhaps the second most noted and important grape from Italy, and hails primarily but not exclusively from the Piedmont area in the northwest part of the country. Often referred to as the King of Italian wines, Barolo is 10% Nebbiolo, as is Barbaresco, another wonderful wine that appears on our wine list. Nebbiolo is medium to full bodied, offers excellent fruit, bright acidity and fairly strong tannins. It is an excellent wine, and this feature from Rivetto gives one the opportunity to taste and enjoy the grape at a very inexpensive price point. As I have said many times, it is good to move
beyond one’s comfort zone sometimes and try different wines. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Whatever you do this weekend, we hope you are safe and smiling. Thank you for your continued support and friendship, it is truly appreciated.

Ciao

PS: GO TRIBE!!!

PPS: Hooray for Team USA! Onward and upward towards the World Cup! (How’s that for optimism!)

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Greetings!

Well, are you ready? It is almost here, starting this very weekend in fact. I am talking about SUMMER, which although it feels like it’s been here awhile now – at least as far as the temps go – it technically begins this weekend. So what does one do in Avon Lake, or Avon, or Bay Village, or Westlake, or Rocky River, or North Olmsted, or Brooklyn, or Birmingham, or wherever….to celebrate the start of the summer season, one might ask. And I have a suggestion to take this delicate decision out of your hands (I bet you’re surprised!) – why not join us at Fratello’s Italian Restaurant for some good food and wine. We will be featuring the ever so popular and ever so good for you fresh Copper River Sock-eye Salmon, Atlantic Swordfish and the amazing Rib Eye Cap Steak, aka Spinalis, which if you have not tried is amazing (sorry to be repetitive, but it is amazing!). And also, maybe, some veal and shrimp and pasta and mussels and clams and chicken and calamari
and…………….We’d love to see ya’!

On the wine front, we are nearing end of the Rosso di Montepulciano from Avignonesi, which is a very good wine, on our feature board, but never fear, I have wines in the wings waiting for their debut on the board. Also, the news of the demise of Location E were premature, at least for this week, so fear not. Recently, I attended a very good wine tasting of wines from the southern Rhone area of France, and I am adding a Chateauneuf du Pape from Bosquet des Papes to our wine program. Chateauneuf du Pape is perhaps the premier wine from the southern Rhone, and is a Grenache blended with lesser amounts of other grapes, such as Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault and Counoise, but mostly Grenache. Grenache wines are represented on our list with many wines from Dave Phinney from California, such as Abstract, Cannonau from Italy via Sardinia, and many wines from Spain, such as Atteca and Priorat. Grenache is truly an international varietal, and it works very well with food, with our menu.
Medium to fuller bodied, such as with the Chateauneuf, I urge you to try a Grenache based wine. I do not think you will be disappointed, and they are available at all price points. Just a thought.

We wish you a very safe and happy start to the summer season, and we thank you for your continued support and friendship. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

I know, I know, it is “technically” not summer, yet, but it sure feels like it. You know, something like “if it smells like it, or sounds like it, or tastes like it, it must be it”, or something like that, you get my drift. And it looks like a pretty nice weekend to head out for some good food and wine. So we hope you consider joining us at Fratello’s, when we will be featuring fresh Wahoo Fish from Hawaii (Go Tribe!), a little bit of Lemon Sole, and Boneless Beef Short Ribs. I know there is a lot to consider on summer weekends, but we hope you can fit us in to your schedule.

On our feature board I urge you to try the Rosso from Italy before it is gone, which goes very well with our menu. As you might guess, I have several wines in the wings waiting for space on the board, including an excellent Cabernet blend from Bolgheri and a Priorat (Garnacha) from Spain. When possible, they will join our old friends Joel Gott Cabernet and Location E, the red Spanish blend that we have featured for awhile. Rumor has it that the days for E are numbered, but I will keep you posted.

We appreciate all your support all these many years. We try our best, believe it or not, every night, and we appreciate you sticking in there with us for nearly 20 years now. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

The slightly cooler temps were welcome, non? I mean, I have established that we are big fans of summer and all, with all that one can do (like heading out to a fine dining establishment, but I digress), but as they say, there is a time for every season, and June is not the time for August weather. But it is a pretty good time to have a fine dinner. Like, for instance, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Pork Tenderloin, Golden Tilefish and Wild Alaskan Ivory King Salmon. The wild salmon is available now, and I urge you to try it if you haven’t already. It is not only exceptional, but very good for you as well, so it wins on all levels. Of course, we might also have some Fratello entrees as well, such as Veal Saltimbocca, Chicken Rollotini, Shrimp Fratello, Eggplant Parmigiana, Linguini with Clams….

My wine features remain the same, although I misspoke last week when I mentioned we were featuring Rosso di Montalcino from Avignonesi. It is a Rosso di Montepulciano, but it is a Sangiovese wine from Tuscany, and it is very good. I have picked up a few new Pinot Noir wines recently, all from California. We have many Pinots on our list, from California, Oregon and France, and it is a very versatile grape, working very well with everything from Chicken to Salmon. It is fair to say that we have a varied wine list, and I am sure that we have a wine that you will enjoy. Thanks for your continued support all these years, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Now that Memorial Day is passed, I guess it is “unofficially” summer. Which is fine by me, although the bit cooler temps today were welcome. We love summer, with the great (usually) weather, plenty of sunshine (also, usually), long days – it is just a great time of year – great for outdoor activities (fill in the blank), and just a great time to head out for some good food and wine. Like at Fratello’s, this very weekend, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Flank Steak, Copper River Sockeye Salmon (which is all so good for you!) and the ever popular Black Grouper. Consider joining us, we’d love to see you and have you start out a wonderful summer with a great meal!

On our wine feature board our supply of the Sangiovese based Santa Cristina is very low, but fear not, as I have another excellent Sangiovese based wine, a Rosso di Montalcino from Avignonesi, waiting in the wings. Sangiovese is the primary grape in Chianti, but also figures in many other wonderful Italian reds, including Rosso di Montalcino, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano (which is not only an excellent wine but a wonderful name, just flowing off your lips) and of course, Brunello, one of the world’s great wines. Additionally, we offer many so called “Super Tuscans”, most of which are Sangiovese based. Generally a medium bodied wine, Sangiovese can also offer substance and power, with noted acidity which works well with food, especially red sauces. Sangiovese is among the two most noted varietals in Italy, the other being Nebbiolo, and I urge you to try it.

We hope you had a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, and want to thank you for your continued support. It is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

It sure seems like summer, non? It is nice to see – and feel, although the kitchen has been a little tight recently – after the monsoons we’ve recently experienced. It looks like perfect – let me repeat, perfect – weather to head out this weekend for some good food and wine. Like, for instance, Fratello’s, when we will be featuring North Atlantic Halibut, Wild King Salmon, and Certified Angus Beef Porterhouse. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend, with probably a cookout thrown in there somewhere, so we hope you join us. We’d love to see ya’!

Our wine features continues to be the Cab from Joel Gott, Locations E from Spain, the excellent Sangiovese blend from Santa Cristina and the also excellent red blend from Australia, Quartage from Thorne-Clark/Shotfire. These are all excellent wines. I have also added the white blend from Conundrum, made by the same family that brings us the wines from Caymus. I also urge you to consider the Bordeaux I recommended last week from Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse, and for something different I suggest you try the red blend from the Douro region of Portugal, Po de Poeira. Portugal offers far more wines than Port, and on the up and coming in may wine enthusiasts eyes, including mine. As I have said before, it is often good to venture beyond one’s comfort zone.

Thanks for all your continued support. I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day, and let us all applaud and thank all those many men and women, today and in the past, who have supported us and ensured the lives we are able to live. Thank you all, and I wish you well.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

Okay, I think we can cool it with rain already. Some week, non? Hopefully the rain holds off enough to dry off, grab the umbrella for the next deluge, and perhaps head over to Fratello’s for some good food and wine. We will be featuring this weekend Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Swordfish and Sable Fish, aka Black Cod. Its dry inside – so far – the place is built like a tank, and we have plenty of food and drink to go around. Hope we see ya’!

On the beverage side, I have added a new wine to our feature board that I really like and has received rave reviews. The wine is called Quartage and is made by Shotfire Winery from Australia. It comes from Barossa, and is a Cabernet blend, offering plenty of fruit, medium to full body, soft tannins and a pleasant finish. The response thus far has been very positive, and we have ordered more (which they tell me is “on its way”), but I urge you to try it before we run out. It joins the other features, including the Cab from Joel Gott, Locations E from Spain, and the Sangiovese blend from Italy, Santa Cristina, which is another of my favorites. Another wine that should make it to our list this weekend is a Bordeaux from France, Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse. This estate borders the Pauillac area of Bordeaux, and is classified as a Cru Bourgeois. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and offers a full and complex mouth, well placed tannins,
power and structure. The fruit is there but much more muted than a comparable wine from California, and provides a good example of what Bordeaux is all about. I urge you to try it.

I hope you are well and you survived the rain onslaught. Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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