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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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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

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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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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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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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Greetings!

Wouldn’t you know it, summer has decided to bring on its warmest weather now that it is on the home stretch. We were just getting used to the cooler nights, great sleeping weather and a lot more comfortable kitchen. But the important fact is that it is still summer, there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the outdoors, and still plenty of time to head over to Fratello’s for some good food and wine. We will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin, the ever so popular Jumbo Sea Scallops, Black Grouper and Blue Marlin. We hope you have time to mosey over and join us, we’d love to see you!

There is also still plenty of time this summer to enjoy wine as well. I mentioned the Hawks View Pinot Noir from Oregon last week, which was so well received that I had to order another case (which hopefully will arrive before the weekend!), and the Sangiovese based blend from Ferrari-Carona from Sonoma, Siena, has also been a big hit. I have been an advocate of venturing beyond one’s comfort zone, at least wine-wise, and we offer a number of excellent wines from Spain, Italy, France and Australia that work very well with our menu. Just ask and we’d be happy to help you find a wine that you will enjoy. Heck, if all else fails, there is always Great Lakes Dortmunder, or Oktoberfest, or Ketel One, or Stoly, or Three Olives, or Grey Goose, or Famous Grouse, or…………or how about a nice espresso?

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

Ciao

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Greetings!

Well, it’s here, Labor Day. To some, this means the “unofficial” end to summer. Perish the thought, I say, there is still plenty of warmth and sunshine to go around! Why look, it is probably the hottest it has been all summer recently. There is still a lot of warm & good times ahead, still time for to enjoy some good food & wine. Say, for instance, at Fratello’s (just saying), where we will be featuring Hog Snapper, Swordfish and New York Strip Steaks. I know it is a busy weekend, but we would love to see you!

As you know, recently I have lauded the wines of Sonoma, which we have a good supply of. Siena, the Sangiovese based blend from Ferrari-Carano, works very well with our menu and is available by the bottle and by the glass on our feature board. I have added recently an excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Gary Farrell Wines from the Russian River area of Sonoma, a Sauvignon Blanc from Quivera, which is near the Dry Creek area of the county, and I am a big fan of the wines from White Oak Winery, such as their Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet and Chardonnay. And of course, there is the Cabernet from Silver Oak from Alexander Valley. Of course we have other wines as well, from all over the world. I have added a new Pinot Noir to our feature board from Oregon, Hawks View. This wine is represented by a new distributor to our area, whose goal is to offer quality wines at very good price points. This Pinot accomplishes this goal. It has been awarded numerous awards, and offers one a good
example of why the wines from Oregon are so very good. I urge you to give it a try.

As I said, for me summer is still alive and well, and I hope you have enjoyed a safe and wonderful season. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Kind of hard to believe that school has started again, non? It just doesn’t seem right, at least to me, but as they say, it is what it is. But it is kind of sad in that it seems to be another sign that summer is fading. However, a fact check indicates that we are in fact only a third of the way through August, with a whole month left of summer to go. And this means there is a whole lot of time available to enjoy some good food and wine this summer, like at Fratello’s, for instance. We will be featuring Wild Alaskan Ivory King Salmon, Golden Tile Fish from the North Atlantic, and Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak. Plenty of time to enjoy Fratello’s food, so we hope to see you.

On the wine front, I urge you to try the Sangiovese red blend from Ferrari-Carona, Siena, that we are featuring on our wine board. Medium bodied, decent acidity to work with food, this wine is very good with our menu. With the return of the humid weather I am also enjoying the Sauvignon Blanc from Quivera, a very good Sonoma vineyard I recently became acquainted with. Also, recently I have sung the praises of White Oak Winery from the Alexander Valley region of Sonoma, and I have added their Merlot, which actually comes from Napa fruit, to our list. I am a fan of White Oak, and we also have their Chardonnay, Syrah and even a Cabernet, although not all of these wines have made it to our list yet. Give them a try.

Thanks as always for your continued support. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

It kind of looks like summer has gone on vacation for us. Or, perhaps our summer resembles a Colorado type summer, nice but a bit on the cool side (at least when I was there). But it is not all bad – the low energy, good sleeping type of summer. Plus it makes our kitchen a bit more pleasant, mostly. But hot or cold, humid or not, it is always a good time for some good food and wine. This weekend we will be featuring Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops, Wild Stripped Bass, and in honor of Shark Week, Mako Shark. We’d love to see you, so consider joining us.

Some wine news to share with you. I have added a number of wines based on tastings which you will enjoy. Prevail by Ferrari-Carano is a Cabernet/Syrah blend from Sonoma, and offers fuller body and excellent California fruit. We continue to feature the Sangiovese based blend, Siena, also from Ferrari-Carano, which has been very well received. Both wines are very good with our menu. On a Sonoma kick, Quivera from the Dry Creek Valley region of the county is both inexpensive and an excellent summer wine. Just a very pleasant wine. Also new, and also from Sonoma, are a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Gary Farrell. Both of these wines are from the Russian River Valley, and while not inexpensive are actually the more value orientated wines from the vineyard. Gary Farrell has built a well deserved reputation as one of the best vineyards in the Russian River, and both of these wines are very good examples of the quality of the vineyard and their winemaker. Lastly, and away from
Sonoma, We have the new vintage of the Shiraz/Cabernet/Merlot blend from Mollydooker from Australia, Two Left Feet, and I have added two new Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines from the southern Rhone region of France. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a Grenache based blend and perhaps the finest wine from the southern Rhone. Medium to fuller bodied, these new wines are from a younger generation and thus more approachable. Very good wines.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We hope you have enjoyed your summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings!

I get it. I know it is only August 7th, but it sure seems like the summer is flying by. At least it does to me. But there is plenty of summer left, plenty of sunshine, plenty of good times for all. And plenty of time for good food and wine. Like at Fratello’s, just for instance. We will be featuring Black Grouper, Wild Alaska King Salmon and Beef Funghetto. And items such as Veal Fratello, Eggplant Parm, Calms Casino, Shrimp Fratello, Chicken Rollotini, Calamari, Veal Salt…….you know. We’d love to see ya’!

Last week I extolled the virtues, at least to me, of some wines from Sonoma that strike me. Wines from Ferrari-Carano, for instance, whose Sangiovese based blend called Siena we have been featuring with great success. Medium bodied, this wine works very well with our menu, which after all is said and done is why we have the wines we have. Wine accompanies food very well, and the correct match can enhance both the food and the wine. Another wine I have just brought on board is a Sauvignon Blanc from Quivera Vineyards, also from Sonoma. I was advised to check out Quivera by a good friend and wine buddy, and he did not steer me wrong. This Sauvignon Blanc offers excellent fruit and flavor, and is a very interesting and very good contrast to another Sauvignon Blanc that we have featured for some time, Whitehaven from New Zealand. Both are the same grape but yet very different, which to me is among the most interesting aspects of wine. But, most importantly, both are very good,
which is the whole point. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

We hope you are enjoying your summer, and it has been safe and brought you smiles. Thank you for all your support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. A personal note, if you will, I want to give a loud shout to a very good friend and soul who has left us too soon. Ciao Joe, all the best on your journey, we will miss you.

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