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Greetings!
Well, this is more like it, non? I mean it’s sunny out, the days are long, and it is even warm out! As they say, what’s not to like? Now what can make such a wonderful day such as this, even better, you might ask. And I would answer (some surprise), that what would make this wonderful day even better is to plan to head over to Fratello’s this weekend for some very good food and wine. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin, Alaskan Halibut and Hawaiian Stripped Marlin for your dining pleasure, along with all the other Fratello mainstays you know and love. Heck, for many of you this Sunday may portend some time in your own kitchens, so let us do the cooking for you this Friday and/or Saturday. Or maybe next week, we’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new wine to our feature board, a Barbera d’Asti from Grimaldi, that you would enjoy. Barbera is a somewhat widely planted grape in bot North and South America, but it is best known for its Italian roots in the Piedmont region of the country. There are versions of Barbera from both the town of Alba and Asti, and this wine from Asti offers excellent fruit, medium to full body, low tannins but pronounced acidity which makes it a very food friendly wine, perhaps among the best food wines from Italy. And it is inexpensive at $26/bottle, $7/glass, joining the Joel Gott Cabernet, Location E, Highway 101 Zinfandel and a few bottles left of the red blend from Bolgheri. I also have in the wings an excellent Malbec from Mendoza and several Shiraz from Australia from D’Arnenberg, including one that is not inexpensive but among the best wines I have tasted recently. Remember, we also continue to carry Great Lakes Dortmunder and Labattes Blue on tap, and have recently added
the 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head.

We hope you are well and enjoying the day, and I want to thank you for your continued support. We wish you all a blessed and safe holiday, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

It looks like the sun has decided to visit us finally, and to even bring a little heat our way. I know, they say rain might be coming, but it is better than the alternative, if you know what I mean. And they say changes may be afoot next week, heaven forbid, so why not mosey over to see us while the chances are good. We will be featuring Prime Rib, Jumbo Sea Scallops and Wild Stripped Bass for your enjoyment this very weekend. And there will also be some veal and shrimp and eggplant and calamari and clams and mussels and pasta and chicken and…….we’d love to see you!

Some new wines have made it to our list and program, including a new feature from Bolgheri, Italy – Poggio Ai Ginepri, which is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. Bolgheri is on the west coast of Tuscany, an area known for their cabernet based wines. this wine works very well with our menu. We also have an Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Le Bessole from Accordina. This is a dense and concentrated Amarone we can offer at $46 a bottle, which is very good price for an Amarone. We also have some new wines from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, both from a vineyard called Astrolabe. They are a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir and provide a different take on these widely planted varietals. Both of these grapes are planted throughout the world, but the New Zealand take is both very good and interesting. Give them a try. Also, remember that we have the 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head on tap now.

Thanks for your continued support and friendship. We hope you are enjoying the nice weather, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Avon Lake, OH 44012
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Greetings!

Ah, I bet some of you thought something happened to me, or perhaps I left town for warmer climes. No, dear friends and loyal readers, these pesky April showers interfered with some wine deliveries which I wanted to tell you about. Speaking of April showers, at least it’s not snow – thankfully, although we probably should not put the shovels away just yet – and think of all the beautiful, warm weather yet to come. How’s that for optimism. Speaking of, I am optimistic that you just might want to join us for delicious food and drink this weekend. We will be featuring Pork Tenderloin, Black Cod from British Columbia and Black Grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. And if you really want to stay with the theme you could also enjoy the wonderful Black Grouse from Scotland to quench your thirst, but I digress.

As I mentioned above, some new wines have arrived for your enjoyment. We are on our last bottle of the red blend from Bolgheri, Italy, Pegasus, which is a fantastic area of Tuscany for red wine, but I have another Bolgheri wine waiting in the wings ready to come on stage. This wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, Poggio Ai Ginepri. We continue also to feature the Zinfandel from Highway 101 from Amador County, California, one of my favorite zin regions of the state. Among the other new wines are a very good Malbec from Mendoza by Altos Las Hormigas, a smaller produced that I was most impressed with. This wine is a 2009 Malbec Reserve and is a good value. I have also added a new Soave from Italy and a Pinot Gris from New Zealand, both excellent white wines that work well with seafood, chicken or on their own. I urge you to try the Soave, which I think many of us has a somewhat negative impression of. This wine offers excellent fruit and balance, crispness and even
elegant, and will change your view of Soave. The Pinot Gris from Astrolabe is also crisp and balanced, with citrus fruit and minerality similar to Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, such as the offering from Whitehaven we also feature. A very good Pinot Gris, yet different from Pinot Gris from Oregon or France and Pinot Grigio from Italy. Give it a try.

Thanks for all your support, rain or shine. Here’s hoping you grab your umbrella and join us, we’d love to see ya’!

Ciao

PS GO TRIBE!!!

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Greetings!

It sure has been a bit of a ride this year so far, non? It seems like it’s getting a bit nicer out, then wham! – more snow and cold. It looks like we’re in for some rain soon, then to get warmer, then who knows. But if you cannot count on the weather, perhaps you can count on a nice meal, some good wine and good companionship (i.e. this is on you, buy we could help you out) at Fratello’s. This weekend, for instance, we are featuring Hake Fish from the South Atlantic and #1 grade Tuna, both are excellent for the Lenten season, along with Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, perfect for all seasons. And there will be some veal and clams and mussels and eggplant and pasta and chicken and calamari and shrimp…as well – we’d love to see ya’!

Our feature wine board is about to change as the Lucilla Tuscan blend and Malbec from Mendoza are nearing the end of their run, but we have other wines in the wings awaiting their place. These include two other wines from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, and a Zinfandel and Pinot Noir from Highway 101 from California. This label takes grapes from a variety of vineyards throughout the state, although all are close to the iconic highway that extends from north to south along the whole state, and we have a Zinfandel from Amador County and a Pinot Noir as well. These wines are sourced from prestigious vineyards and are reflective of their vineyard and region, and a good value. Also, last week I suggested you consider a Grenache wine to enjoy with your meal, and I neglected to mention Abstract from Orin Swift, another excellent wine from Dave Phinney. Both Abstract and Palermo, a Cabernet based blend also from Orin Swift, have released their new 2012 vintage, and we still have some 2011 available. Lastly, I have added a new draft beer to our taps based on feedback from patrons and employees (okay, mostly employees). Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which is an excellent IPA for you to enjoy.

Thanks for your continued support throughout the ups and downs of Mother Nature, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Happy Spring! It has arrived, believe it or not, not that the weather gives us any clues. But keep faith, the days are longer, we do get to see the sun once and awhile (actually, more this winter than most, non?), and warm temps, flip flops and shorts are on the horizon. But what should one do until then, you might ask, and I for my part would answer to cozy up to a nice Italian restaurant for some good food and wine to keep one’s spirits up. Like, say, Fratello’s, when this very weekend we plan to feature Hawaiian Mako Shark, North Atlantic Haddock, and Rib Eye Cap Steak, aka Spinalis, which if you have not ever tasted is amazing. It might not instantly bring the temps up to where they should be, but it should be tasty and delicious.

I have just returned from an excellent wine tasting featuring wines from the southern Rhone valley of France, more specifically Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and it got me to thinking how very good wines made from the Grenache grape, which is the main grape in Chateauneuf, work with our menu. We have a Chateauneuf on our menu (and more will be coming since this tasting), along with other Grenache based wines from France, Lirac, Gigondas, Cotes du Rhone and Vacqueyras. And we have Grenache wines from Italy, Cannonau, Australia, Penfolds, and Spain, Atteca, and they are offered at many price points, many very reasonable. Grenache is a very food friendly wine, and I urge you to try one of these wines with your dinner. Remember, it is good to leave one’s comfort zone and strike out in a new direction sometimes. Just a thought.

I hope you are staying warm this early spring, and that you endured this winter that would not quit. Thanks for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

This sure has been a crazy winter. It’s like whenever the sun comes out you better hurry out before the next blizzard. Like this week, for instance. Well, before the next “blizzard”, I’m hoping you’ll consider joining us at Fratello’s for some good food, wine and company (which you hopefully will supply). We will be featuring Beef Funghetto, Hawaiian “Uku” Grade Snapper, Black Grouper and the ever so popular Jumbo Sea Scallops. Come on out, we’d love to see ya’!

This month’s Wine Spectator has a story on the winemaker Dave Phinney, whose wines readers of my emails will recall we offer at Fratello’s. The new vintage of the excellent Cabernet blend Palermo was just released, and this is an excellent wine. Full bodied with excellent fruit, it is the kind of wine that will be fantastic with our featured Beef Funghetto. We also have Abstract and Papillon from Dave Phinney on our list, and The Prisoner and Saldo, a Zinfandel blend and a Zin which were created by Dave and sold to another vineyard. We also continue to feature the Locations “E” on or wine board, which is a Spanish blend also crafted by Dave Phinney. All his wines are characterized by forward fruit, most are blends, and all are very good. One other wine you should consider is Fittings, which is a Grenache from the Roussillon region of southwestern France. Fittings is made from a vineyard next to a vineyard owned by Dave Phinney, and is made in his fruit forward style,
especially for a wine from France. I had a bottle with dinner this week, and it is a very good food wine which should work well with our menu. Just a thought.

Thanks as always for your continued support. We hope to see you soon, and wish you a very safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, which by the way we will be open. Why not go Italian on Saint Paddy’s – we do have Guiness and Irish on hand!

Ciao

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Greetings!

This winter sure has been a wild ride. It looks like we are going to be on the plus side soon, meaning above average temps for a change. Hallelujah! Look on the bright side, the days are longer – and will be much longer after this weekend! – the sun seems warmer, golf is on the tube again, baseball is soon coming back, we are on our way. Now I know it is the Lenten season, and that some of you observe the traditions, but remember that we always have fresh seafood on weekends. Like this very weekend, when we will be featuring Golden Tile Fish from Massachusetts and North Atlantic Halibut, with the many other non-meat entrees we offer, such as shrimp and clams and mussels and eggplant and pasta and cod and…And for you carnivores out there, this weekend we will be featuring Berkshire Farms “Karabuta” Pork Chops, along with Veal Saltimbocca and Veal Fratello and Chicken Rollo and Chicken Rocco and Veal Fratello and Chicken Fratello and…We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new Italian red wine to our feature board , the 2010 “Lucilla” Toscana Rosso, which is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. An excellent wine rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate, this “Super Tuscan” style wine is very good with our menu. It is the second of several Sangiovese based blends that I intend to add to our feature program. I also received an affordable Amarone from Accordini Igino, Le Bessole, which is available but not yet on our wine list. This 92 point rated wine by Wine Enthusiast is very limited, and we are able to offer it at $46/bottle, which is inexpensive for a quality Amarone. Lastly, I hope to receive some very good Shiraz from Australia this weekend t add to our wine list that you will enjoy. One is inexpensive and the other is amazing but more costly, ask me about them if you mosey in.

Thank you for all your support during these frigid months. We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
USA

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

This winter sure has been a wild ride. It looks like we are going to be on the plus side soon, meaning above average temps for a change. Hallelujah! Look on the bright side, the days are longer – and will be much longer after this weekend! – the sun seems warmer, golf is on the tube again, baseball is soon coming back, we are on our way. Now I know it is the Lenten season, and that some of you observe the traditions, but remember that we always have fresh seafood on weekends. Like this very weekend, when we will be featuring Golden Tile Fish from Massachusetts and North Atlantic Halibut, with the many other non-meat entrees we offer, such as shrimp and clams and mussels and eggplant and pasta and cod and…And for you carnivores out there, this weekend we will be featuring Berkshire Farms “Karabuta” Pork Chops, along with Veal Saltimbocca and Veal Fratello and Chicken Rollo and Chicken Rocco and Veal Fratello and Chicken Fratello and…We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new Italian red wine to our feature board , the 2010 “Lucilla” Toscana Rosso, which is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. An excellent wine rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate, this “Super Tuscan” style wine is very good with our menu. It is the second of several Sangiovese based blends that I intend to add to our feature program. I also received an affordable Amarone from Accordini Igino, Le Bessole, which is available but not yet on our wine list. This 92 point rated wine by Wine Enthusiast is very limited, and we are able to offer it at $46/bottle, which is inexpensive for a quality Amarone. Lastly, I hope to receive some very good Shiraz from Australia this weekend t add to our wine list that you will enjoy. One is inexpensive and the other is amazing but more costly, ask me about them if you mosey in.

Thank you for all your support during these frigid months. We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Well, it looks like we’re up with that lion/lamb thing again. You know, March starting like a lion and closing like a lamb (we can hope!). They might be right this year about the lion start, at least that’s what I’m hearing. Well, I say, roar back, commit that you have had enough with this stupid winter and won’t let lion like conditions stop you from going out and enjoying yourselves, perhaps with a nice meal and tasty beverages. Like, say, at Fratellos, where this very weekend we will be featuring Domestic Swordfish, East Coast Wild Stripped Bass, and Certified Angus Beef Boneless Beef Short Ribs. We’d love to have you join us!

In the near future I will be changing our lineup on our wine feature board, and before they’re gone I urge you to try the Italian wines on the board. The Dolcetto D’Alba from Gagliasso, while offering slightly less acidity than other wines from this region, Piedmont, is very good with our menu. Dolcetto is typically a lighter style wine, yet in the hands of this winemaker is a much bigger style wine yet still providing fruit and an excellent nose. We are almost out of the Pegasus Toscana, which is a blend of Sangiovese and Syrah. Somewhat softer than many “Super Tuscans”, this is a versatile wine with bright acidity that is especially good with marinara sauce. Lastly, the Etna Rosso from Firriato is made from the nerello grape indigenous to Sicily, and more specifically to the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna. Sicily has been making wine since the ancient Greeks, who probably have more influence in this region than the Romans, and the quality of their wine is vast improving. This
wine is quite bold, with excellent color and a spicy/peppery flavor that is very good with food. We also have on our wine list another wine from Firriato featuring the Nero D’Avola grape blended with cabernet sauvignon that is also very good and a very good value. It is both fun and interesting to try different wines, and I urge you to try them.

Thanks as always for your continued support and friendship. This has been an interesting if not difficult winter for us all, and we are grateful for you helping us through it. Stay warm, stay safe and we hope to see you soon, hopefully before the lamb arrives.

Ciao

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Avon Lake, OH 44012
USA

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Greetings!

Well, it seemed a little better this week. Certainly warmer, but where were the 50+ temps I was expecting? And to top it off, I hear cold days will be upon us again soon, as in next week. I have even heard the dreaded “PV” mentioned, which we unfortunately learned this year refers to a “polar vortex”. It’s enough to make your head spin, or at least for some consistency, please. Well, how about some good food and wine to help you through these troubled times? Take this weekend, when we at Fratello’s will be featuring Ohio raised Rib Eye Steaks, Arctic Char, and North Atlantic Halibut. In my experience good food, wine and company always seems to help, so remember, we are here for you.

The cold also seems to have taken its toll on the wine industry, so the wines on our feature board have not changed. No that this is a bad thing, as these wines are all very good, including the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the red Spanish blend from Locations “E”, and the trio of Italian wines from Sicily, Tuscany and Piedmont. I have other Italian wines that will be featured soon, and I urge you to peruse our wine list which has wines from all over the world, including Italy, France, Spain, California, Oregon, Washington, Chile, Argentine, Germany and Australia (and I may have left some countries out, sorry). Just ask and we’d be happy to help you find a wine that works for you.

Thanks for your continued support and friendship, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you son.

Ciao