Fratello’s Restaurant was established in 1992 by brothers Craig and Ron Heldorfer. White linen table cloths lend an air of elegance to an otherwise unpretentious site. Photographs taken by Ron while visiting Italy adorn the walls. Chef Craig offers patrons a variety of delicious choices and Ron maintains the very large and varied wine list.
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 ============================================================ Copyright © 2014 Fratello's, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website. You may opt out at any time. 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 USA
Greetings! After weeks of weather adventures, so to speak, it looks like we're back to ho-hum Ohio winter weather. Not that I'm complaining (well, sort of), and let's hope we never hear the term "polar vortex"again, but you know what I mean. But I say, to heck with another "ho-hum" weekend, it's time to go out and treat yourselves to a good meal, some good wine, and good companionship! And I bet you're surprised, but I have an idea of where you might go for such a culinary adventure. Why it's Fratello's, where we will be featuring this very weekend Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Sable Fish from Alaska, and Grouper Cheeks. Oh, and we will probably have some veal and shrimp and calamari and clams and mussels and chicken and pasta and beer and wine and spirits and... I have added a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo to our feature board, which is the little brother to the Montepulciano, San Zopito, which is on our wine list. The grape in this wine is 100% Montepulciano, and offers medium body, soft tannins and good balance. The wine sheets suggest that the wine has "sweet fragrances of vanilla, blackberries, chocolate, cinnamon, liquorice and pepper, with hints of mint and rosemary", but I say it is a decent tasting wine that works with our menu at an affordable price. It joins the Cab from Joel Gott, the Locations "E" and Nero D'Avola from Italy. I have also added a new beer to our tap, Ranger IPA from the New Belgium Brewing Company from Colorado. This is a hoppier beer from a brewing company new to our market, with a ABV of 6.5%. IPA's are very popular now, and New Belgium is a respected brewer, so give it a try. Thanks for your continued support, no matter the season. It is very much appreciated. We hope to see you soon. Take care. Ciao ============================================================ Copyright © 2014 Fratello's, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website. You may opt out at any time. Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more. (440) 871-3054 (440) 933-3380 in Lorain
Greetings! I know it's winter and all, but enough with the snow already. We had our white Christmas, all good, so now it's time for the snow to go away, non? And it looks like the thermometer is going single digits on us soon. So what's someone to do in face of all this wonderful news. Well I say, it's time for a warm, comforting and excellent meal, along with a nice beverage to complement it. We might just have the ticket for you this weekend. We will be featuring Red Snapper, a little bit of Lemon Sole, and Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak. Oh, and I might have some wine available to accompany your meal. We'd love to see you help us start 2014 on the right note. Speaking of wine, I continue to feature the excellent Malbec from Chakana on our board. This wine is medium to fuller bodied, with excellent fruit and balance and hits just the right notes for a cold, wintry evening. On our list I urge you to consider another bigger red that also works well in the winter, an Amarone from Zeni from the Veneto area of Italy. Amarone is related to Valpolicella but is much more extracted and a much bigger wine, and typically on the expensive side. This Amarone from Zeni, while not inexpensive, is at a much lower price point than the other Amarones on our list, and while perhaps not quite as massive a wine it is excellent and great this time of year. (For me, Amarone is always good, but I digress.) Remember, it is good to venture beyond your comfort zone with wines, and it is fun to try different wines. Thanks to all of you who joined the festivities on New Year's Eve, and I hope you all had a Happy and Safe New Year. Thanks for all you support, and here's hoping 2014 is better for us all! Best regards, 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
Greetings! Well, it's not exactly swimming weather, but we like it. It makes the kitchen a much happier place to be. And it allows them to concentrate and prepare some tasty dishes for you to enjoy this weekend. Our features include Mong Chong - no, not a city in China, but a tasty fish - Halibut Cheeks - which should make you smile - and Pork Tenderloin, which hopefully needs no explanation. Except perhaps how we are going to prepare it for you, but we have to keep some secrets, at least until the weekend. And I expect them to prepare some veal and shrimp and calamari and chicken and eggplant and pasta and clams and mussels....for you to enjoy as well. Our wine feature board continues to offer the excellent Cabernet from Joel Gott and the Locations "E" from Dave Phinney, and recently I have added the very good Tempranillo from Creta Roble, which is very good with our menu. This wine hails from Spain, which offers very good value for your wine dollar. We have several Spanish wines on our list, and I urge you to try them. The feature board also has a Sangiovese from Tuscany, a Morellino Di Scansano from Fattoria La Peschiera, which obviously is a good fit for Fratello's, and a very good Pinot Noir from Chile, of all places, from Errazuriz, which is a well respected vineyard in Chile. I have often suggested that there is a lot of juice out there from all over the world to enjoy, and this Pinot fits this bill. The wine offers fruit and body, and seems as if it is from California. In the near future I will be offering a new feature from Italy, and I have in the wings another excellent Pinot from Oregon for you to enjoy. Stay tuned or ask me when you visit. One other wine we are featuring is a white Chardonnay blend from California which is also made by Dave Phinney, Mannequin. This wine is somewhat allocated - meaning hard to get - and offers fruit and medium to full body with slight oak overtones. If you are a typical California Chardonnay fan this wine will work for you, and we are offering it at quite a discount, both by the bottle and by the glass. And speaking of Dave Phinney, as you know we offer a number of his wines, including "E", "I", Fittings, Abstract, Prisoner, Saldo and Palermo. I am expecting yet another of his wines to arrive today, Papillon, which is also highly allocated. This wine is a Cabernet blend, typically with the other Bordeaux varietals thrown in, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It is one of his signature and better wines, although to be honest all of his wines are very good. Not inexpensive, but a quality wine. So that's all, folks. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being such good customers and friends. We look forward to seeing you soon. Ciao
Greetings! Hot enough for you? You know it's hot when your good friends from Alabama tell you it is hotter up here on the North Coast than down in Birmingham, by a long shot. But they say it will be better this weekend, temperature wise, and maybe even some rain will come our way (wanna bet?), so we are optimistic. Just as we are optimistic that you will be so taken with our specials this weekend that you will join us for some excellent food and wine. We will be offering Wild Alaskan King Salmon, which is not only very healthy but perhaps the best salmon out there, along with Pacific Halibut. And for you non-fish fans we will be featuring Pork Tenderloin, and some veal and chicken and....I know it's been hot and there is a lot to do, but we hope you'll consider moseying over and joining us this weekend. On the wine board we continue to feature the excellent Cabernet from Joel Gott, and the Tempranillo from Spain and the Vino Nobile from Italy have also been well received. I also am very fond of the Merlot from White Oaks, and off list I have a very good Cabernet from Argentina by Cuvelier Los Andes. The recent Wine Spectator featured wines from Portugal, and I have added a 92 rated red from Douro called Po de Poeira, which is a full bodied featuring red from grapes indigenous to Portugal. It is fum to get out of your comfort zone and try new wines, and we have wines from all over the world for you to enjoy. Come in and have a glass with us. My comments above notwithstanding, I love this time of year and we hope you are enjoying your summer. We also hope you consider joining us, and we thank you for your continued support through hot and cold, rain or shine. We look forward to seeing you soon. Ciao.
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