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Greetings,

Sure feels good out, non? I love these cooler nights, the crisp air, the cooler kitchen. I know it’s sad and all with everyone back in school by now, we are knocking on the door of Labor Day and what that kind of means, football season is upon us and what that definitely means. But despair not, the Boys of Summer downtown (i.e. the Indians, but you knew that!) are doing great, it is still nice out and there is plenty of time for fun and relaxation, and good food. And this is where we come in, as we have not only good food but good wine for you to enjoy. For our part, this weekend we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steak, Atlantic Halibut, and domestic Swordfish. I know this can be a busy weekend, but we hope you have time to join us. We’d love to see ya’!

There has been a few moves in the local wine world, as this is the time that many of the distributors have their portfolio shows, and some of these wines will appear in the near future in our feature program. Our wine board continues to feature the California Zinfandel blend from Contra Costa County across the Bay from San Francisco, and the Pinot Nor from Oregon, which is blended from grapes from the Willamette Valley and elsewhere throughout the state. As befits their name, Planet Oregon is very environmentally conscious in the way they produce and make their wine. This Pinot is more of an introduction to Oregon Pinto, very smooth, light to medium body, excellent fruit. Perhaps a tad lighter than other Oregon Pinots you may have tried, but still tasty. The recent additions to our wine list include wines from Italy including a Cabernet Franc, a Merlot, a Sauvignon Blanc, and two Sangiovese blends from Tolaini that I am very fond of, Al Passo and Valdisanti. We also have a new Trebbiano from Abruzzo available, although it may not make it to the list by this weekend. This white wine is among the most planted grapes in all of Italy, offering citrus and pineapple flavors but should not be compared to wines from New Zealand. It is inexpensive and a good option to consider versus Chardonnay. Just a thought.

I am sure by now that you have heard of the terrible destruction and devastation that occurred in Italy with the recent earthquake. Amatrice is a very old town to the northeast of Rome, its history dating back hundreds of years, and the town was known not only for their medieval structures, many of which are now destroyed, but a traditional pasta dish called Spaghetti all’Amatriciana. We have decided to join chefs from around the world who are featuring this dish in their menus with proceeds going to support the restoration and humanitarian efforts in Italy. The dish includes pasta with pecorino cheese, tomatoes, onions and guanciale or pancetta, simple but delicious. Our version will be called Penne all’Amatriciana, with penne as the pasta and we will have proscuitto instead of pancetta, and will be available as a special side pasta dish or as an entree with proceeds going to the relief effort. So you can join us this weekend for a delicious meal and help people at the same time.

Events such as what happened in Amatrice, as well as in our country in Baton Rouge and in California with the fires, serves as a reminder of how grateful we are for many, many things. And chief among them is our gratitude for your friendship and patronage. Thank you sincerely, We hope you are well and wish you a wonderful and safe holiday. Hope we see ya’!

Ciao

How about that Tribe!!!

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Greetings,

Ahhh, sometimes one looks fondly on the “good old days”, like last week when the temps were warm but not brutal. Today, and yesterday, and probably tomorrow as well, brutal seems to be making a comeback. Some might even suggest it’s too hot to cook. But alas, perhaps to the chagrin of our cooking crew, we will be cooking this weekend at Fratello’s, preparing some nice specials so you can keep your kitchen cool. Like St. Louis Ribs, Copper River Sockeye Salmon, and Jumbo Sea Scallops. No need to warm up your home, come join us this weekend, we’d love to see ya’!

The wine front has been rather tame during this holiday week, and we continue to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend for Sonoma by Ferrari-Carano, Siena, the red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, and the red from Italy, Vino Rosso di Montepulciano, a medium bodied red that works well with our menu. When it is hot out during the summer I often turn to a Rose to enjoy with a meal, and we have several Roses on hand for you to enjoy. Keep in mind that although a rose is a pink wine it is not a sweet wine. The roses we have on our wine list are from France, and they are all dry wines and to my mind perfect for the summer. Just a thought. Among the fun things about enjoying wines is trying something new, perhaps away from your comfort zone. I urge you to give them a try.

I hope you are staying cool during these warm days. Thanks for your continued support, hot days or not. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Now this is the kind of summer I like. Warm, yes, but not brutal. Our kitchen is still toasty, but does not feel like you are operating inside an oven, as it did just a few days ago. But that’s our problem, and we plan on offering you, toasty or not, fine food and, bien sur, wine. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Pilot Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass and Ivory King Salmon, which we all know is all so good for you. And we will also be featuring some Veal & Shrimp & Chicken & Clams & Mussels & Eggplant & Pasta &….I know it’s a special weekend coming up, with some of you traveling and maybe having a cookout or two, but we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board, along with the Cab from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend, Siena, from Ferrari-Carano, we continue to offer the Italian red from Montepulciano, Rosso, and the red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, which is nearly gone. In the wings await a red from Piedmont and I plan on bringing back the excellent red blend from Jax, Y3 Taureau. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel and was very well received on its first time on the feature board. The goal of the vineyard is to produce an approachable, everyday drinking wine with quality fruit that is very food friendly. On this they are successful. All these wines offer both quality and value, and I urge you to try them. As I said before, I am a big fan of wines from Portugal, so I urge you again to try them, be it the Confidencial on the feature board or the other three reds from Portugal on our wine list.

We want to wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July. Thanks for your continued support, it is both humbling and gratifying. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

P.S. How about the Tribe!!

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Greetings,

Boy, what a week it’s been, non? Starting with last Sunday, a day that will forever be remembered around these parts, leading up to that amazing parade yesterday. Definitely one for the ages (although let’s hope that we don’t have to wait so long for another parade). And I suggest we keep all the good vibes going all weekend, like, maybe, heading out to celebrate with some fine food & wine. Which it just so happens that we will providing this weekend, when we will be featuring Prestige Pork Chops, Uku Fish from Hawaii and fresh Lemon Sole from the Atlantic. And we will be here all weekend to celebrate with you. Join us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board the Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, is nearly gone, with only a few bottles left, but our supply of the excellent red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, is still okay. I urge you to try this wine. It has excellent fruit, medium body, very tasty either with food or by itself. As I mentioned last week, I am a fan of wines from both Portugal and Spain and we have offerings from both countries on our list. When Persnickety is gone I have several wines from Italy to join the program, one from Piedmont and one from Umbria, so fear not that we will run out of wines for you to enjoy. As I have often commented, I am confident that we have a wine for you to enjoy at Fratello’s.

I hope you are well and remaining cool in these humid times we find ourselves in. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. How about those Cavs!!! Hooray!!!

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Greetings,

I knew it was too good to last. I love those cooler nights and days, the kind where air conditioning is not really needed. Today, not so much, it’s the kind of day where I am very glad I have AC. And it looks like more of the same is headed our way, with some rain (hopefully). But we try to keep it cool here at Fratello’s, at least in the dining room, so don’t heat up your kitchens, come join us! We will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Porterhouse Steak, Alaskan King Salmon, and Mako Shark from Hawaii. We will be here, and would love to see ya’!

On our wine board I have formally added the Pinot Noir from Oregon I mentioned last week, Persnickety. The wine gets its name because the Pinot Noir grape can be picky and fussy, unpredictable and difficult to grow and to vinify, and their goal is to make a “really good” bottle of wine that doesn’t cost $50 or more. I think they have succeeded. This Oregon Pinot is aged in French oak and is bold and rich, with ripe raspberries and decent tannins on the palate. It is very inexpensive for a Pinot, especially from Oregon, of this quality. I have also brought back the red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, to our list. This wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced with smooth tannins and decent acidity. A blend of 10 different national (i.e. Portugese) and international varietals, this wine works very well with our menu. While on the topic, I urge you to consider wines from Portugal when selecting a wine to enjoy with your dinner, wherever that might be
(hopefully here, just saying). I think wines from the Iberian peninsula, meaning Portugal and Spain, offer among the best value in today’s wine world, and they work very well with our menu. We have wines from both countries on our list, so give them a try.

I hope you are staying cool and are well, and are enjoying the last days of spring. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. GO CAVS!!!!

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Greetings,

If this is how our summer is going to roll sign me up. I love the warm but not too hot days, the nights you can sleep without needing the air on, all good. But one thing, hot, humid, mild or cold, one has to eat, non? Well, we at Fratello’s are here for you. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Piedmontese Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Atlantic Halibut and, in part by popular demand, Jumbo Sea Scallops. This weekend looks primo to head out for some fine food & wine, so we hope to see you. We’ll be here, come keep us company.

I have added a wine to our feature board that I think you will like. The Jax Y3 Taureau is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel from a Calistoga vintner I respect. It is an approachable, everyday drinking wine with excellent fruit, good color, and very food friendly. All for $28/bottle. I also plan to add to the board a new Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, room permitting, which is a Willamette Valley Pinot at an affordable rate. A Pinot loving friend of mine gave me a thumbs up, which matches my thoughts on the wine, so you ought to try it. Pinot Noir from Oregon, as I have told you before, more matches Pinot Noir from France, which is its ancestral home, more than Pinot Noir from California does. This is no knock on Californian Pinot, which I love and we have several to choose from on our wine list, but Pinot from Oregon is exceptional. We have several Oregon Pinot Noirs on our list as well. Some of you, a dear friend of mine for instance, turn
their noses up at Pinot Noir, but I urge you to give them a chance. They are wonderful food wines, perhaps not with hearty meals such as steaks, but work well with some seafood and poultry, and are excellent on their own. There is a world of wine out there, go exploring.

I hope you are enjoying our good weather fortune, and that you are well. Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

P.S. HOW ABOUT THOSE CAVS!!!!

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Greetings,

Pretty warm out, non? I know it has been even warmer already – as I said last week, we really know it in our kitchen when it’s hot out – but it sure looks and feels like summer already. Which is not bad thing, because summer is a great time to head out for some fine food & wine, hopefully at a nice little Italian restaurant in Avon Lake. Like, say at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Brazilian Black Grouper, Mahi-mahi from Hawaii, and Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin. I know this time of year there are a lot of demands on your time, like your lawns, your golf game, your boat, your whatever, but we sure love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the red blend from Andis from Amador County, California, Painted Fields. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Petit Sirah, medium to full body, excellent fruit, good finish, just a good tasting wine that matches well with our menu. It joins the Cab from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend, Siena, from Ferrari-Carano, and we also have a few bottles left of the excellent red blend from Australia by Rubus, their Proprietary Reserve. I have a nice Pinot Noir from Oregon and another red blend from California by Jax in the wings awaiting their turn on the board. I expect their debut to be very soon, but ask me about them, I love to try new wines again. Who doesn’t? As I have said many times, some might say ad nauseum, it is fun and interesting to try new wines, and I am confident that we have a wine here that will work for you.

We hope you are well and in good health, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for all your support. Take care.

Ciao

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Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
USA

Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Hope you enjoyed our spring, what there was of it? I know it is still technically spring, and the colors on the trees are not yet the deep green more typical of summer, but it sure feels like summer already. Especially in our kitchen. And Memorial Day, which is fast approaching, is the unofficial start of summer, or so they say. So I say, let’s run with that, let’s get into the summer frame of mind – you know, get out, have some fun, and enjoy some fine food and wine. Well, that’s what summer means to me anyway. We at Fratello’s are here for you and we can help you. Our features this weekend will be Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, Chilean Sea Bass and Stripped Marlin. So I think we can help you on the food part.

We can help you on the beverage part as well. Our wine feature board continues with the Cab from Napa from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma, Siena, and the interesting red blend from Rubus from Australia, Proprietary Red. This week I added a 2011 red wine from Andis from Amador County, Painted Fields. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. It is a rich, medium to full bodied red, fairly complex for the price, and works well with our menu. FYI in the wings I have several other reds waiting their turn to join the board, so I am confident we have a wine for you to enjoy. As for beer, as it is a bit on the warm side out there, we continue to pour on draft the Headhunters IPA, which many like this time of year. Enjoy.

We hope you are well and enjoying our good weather fortune, and we hope to see you soon. I know the Cavs are doing their thing tomorrow – hopefully really doing their thing – but remember we are here for you and them and we will be rooting them on. Thanks for all your support, it is truly appreciated. Take care.

Ciao

P.S. As we hope you will be doing, we will be enjoying the Memorial Day holiday with our families and friends. Be safe, enjoy your holiday, and we hope to see you soon.

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Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
USA

Weekend Specials

Greetings,

Finally, this is more like it! The sun is out, the temps are near the 60’s and heading up, this is what May should be all about. Perfect time to treat yourselves and head out for some fine food & wine (although I would argue when isn’t?). This weekend, when it is supposed to be pretty nice except for a few sprinkles on Saturday, we will be featuring Berkshire Pork Chops, Atlantic Halibut and Arctic Char. Come on, join us, we’d love to see ya’!

A few changes to our wine list. We say adieu to the excellent red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve (although it will be back, I promise) and welcome a new red blend from Australia, Rubus Proprietary Red Blend. This wine comes from the Rubus negociant project run by Fran Kysela, formerly of Rocky River, and is a blend of three grapes from Australia, Shiraz being one of them. The goal of his Rubus project is to buy, bottle and market wines at a very good quality/price ratio, and they currently have wines from around the world. This wine offers deep, ruby color and fruit flavors in the nose, with a full palate , good structure and soft finish. A delicious wine at an amazing value. I have also added several wines to our wine list, including a red blend from Portugal, Esporao Reserve, and another red from France, Crozes Hermitage, Les Jalets from Domaine Jaboulet. Crozes Hermitage comes from the northern Rhone in France, and the vineyards are very close to the much more
expensive Hermitage. This wine is 100% Syrah, and is very different than Shiraz, aka Syrah, from Australia, which tend to be much more fruit orientated. Crozes Hermitage, by contrast, is more restrained and elegant, and reflects the influence of the soil and climate on the wine, which the French call terroir. We offer the Crozes Hermitage Les Jalets and its big brother, Crozes Hermitage , Domaine de Thalabert, which is older and more elegant. Syrah is among my favorite grapes, and it is fun and interesting to see how it differs when grown in different areas around the world. We offer Syrah from France, Australia, California and Washington, and they all have different taste profiles. I urge you to try them all. These differences, sometimes subtle and sometimes more drastic, are among the reasons I love wine. Give them a try.

We hope you are well and enjoying our pleasant change in weather. Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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

Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012
USA