Greetings!

Last week I commented how nice it was outside, sunny, kind of warm, etc. This week it feels much more like Christmas, I even saw snow this afternoon. But this is the time of the season, to borrow a phrase, and I suggest you consider joining us to celebrate the season, spread and receive good cheer, and enjoy some tasty food & wine with us. We will featuring Beef Braciole, Wild Stripped Bass, and Black Grouper. This is a wonderful time of year, although it does have its challenges (you know what I mean), and we would love to see you. Come join us!

Last week I mentioned a few wines from Italy that were not on our list but I recommend that you try, a Barolo and a Brunello, among the finest wines produced in all of Italy.  A few of these wines are still available, and I am due to receive another Italian red tomorrow that you might also consider. This wine is a Rosso di Montalcino from a respected maker of Brunello, and I am told that it drinks like a high end Brunello at a lesser cost. Both Rosso and Brunello are Sangiovese wines, which you faithful readers know is among my favorite wines to have with a meal. This wine comes from a distributor who is fairly new to me, and they deal only with Italian wines. I also hope to receive a Pinot Grigio tomorrow, which I have tasted and provides a different take on Pinot Grigio than you might be used to. Give it a try, you just might like it.

I hope you are well and warm, and the upcoming holidays are progressing well for you. Thanks for all your support, and I’l hoping that we’ll see you soon – maybe even this weekend!

Ciao

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Greetings!

Pretty nice out, non? I know things can change somewhat rapidly around here, but we have been on a pretty good role recently. I bet you there were golfers out this week, and there still seems to be a bunch of leaves on the trees yet. But you know what this also means – why, pretty good times to head out for some fine food & wine! For out part we will be featuring this weekend #1 grade Tuna, a little bit of Lemon Sole, plus Prestige Pork Chops (we don’t serve just run-of-the-mill pork chops @Fratello’s!). Come join us, it doesn’t look like it’ll be too bad out, we’ll be here, the tables will be set, the ovens & stoves will be on, the corkscrews will be ready, all we’ll need is you. We’d love to see ya’!

The wine world seems to be still digesting their Thanksgiving feasts, so our wine board continues to feature the Cabs from California, Washington and Italy, as well as the Sangiovese blend from Sonoma (that’ll be Siena from Ferrari-Carano, but you knew that). I do have plans to bring back an old wine friend from Spain that goes by a certain letter (hint,hint) when space permits. I also received several new bottles of Barolo and Brunello that will be available but probably will not make it to our list. Both are from the 2012 vintage, which was very good, especially for Barolo, and both are competitively priced. Lastly, the recent Wine Spectator listed as the #2 wine in the world a Syrah from K Vintners from Washington. We have several wines from , which come from eastern Washington, and I urge you to try them. Washington makes a number of very good wines, including Merlot, Cabernet, Grenache and Syrah, and we have several for you to try. Just a thought.

As I write this the sun is streaming through my window, and it adds to my reflection how fortunate we are in many, many ways, high among them our gratitude for your continued support. Thanks you sincerely. We hope you are well, and hope to see you soon.

Ciao

Greetings!

I don’t know about you but I am still recovering from yesterday’s feast. But hey, we do have to eat sometime today, and I am sure that we’ll recover by dinnertime this evening. Plus I bet some of you might like a break from the poultry and varied wonderful dishes of Thanksgiving, and even to give your kitchen – and the cooks – a break from preparing another meal today. So let me offer a suggestion, why not join us this weekend, let us do the cooking for you. We did consider Turkey Tetrazzini, but opted instead for Beef Short Ribs, Swordfish, and Atlantic Halibut. If poultry still appeals to you we will have some chicken dishes available, such as Chicken Fratello and Chicken Rollotini and Chicken Parmigiana and Chicken Sovina and…., or maybe Veal Fratello or Veal Saltimbocca….or maybe Shrimp Fratello or Linguini with Clams….or maybe Eggplant Parmigiana or Puttanesca or….you get the idea, I bet we have something here for you to enjoy this evening. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya!

The various wine distributors that I work with will probably tempt me – or at least I hope so – with delicious wines that we all can enjoy this holiday season, probably after this Thanksgiving weekend (hint, hint you distributors out there).

For right now I continue to run with our Cabernet heavy wine board featuring wine by the bottle and by the glass, including the Napa Cab from Joel Gott, the Washington Cab by Treasure Hunter, and the Italian Cab called Listra. These are all very good but all very different, and it is fun, interesting, and tasty to compare them. As I have often said, there is a lot of juice out there to enjoy, and we have a few that I bet you will work for you.

I hope you and your families and friends all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

Greetings!

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away, to the day in fact. I have even been told that those trees that people put in their homes celebrating the season to come have been sighted, and not just in a lot but set up ready to go in a home. Not to be a Scrooge, but really?…..let us enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving before we go to the next step. Thanksgiving to me is a time to be thankful of many things in life, such as the thanks we feel for your support all these many years. It has also become a day of feasting, as I bet will happen for many of you. Let me suggest that you give yourselves a break ahead of next week and join us for dinner this weekend. We will be featuring Blue Marlin, Black Grouper and the always colorful Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin Steaks, kind of a black-n-blue weekend. Come join us, we’d love to see ya’!

As for the wines, not black-n-blue but we have plenty of red-white-rose wines for you to enjoy. On our wine board we have a plethora of Cabernet, with the Napa Cab from Joel Gott, the Mic Drop Cab from Washington by Treasure Hunter, and the Italian Cab from Bolgheri, Listra. All of these wines are very good and very affordable, yet very different even though they are made from the same grape varietal. It is differences like this that make wine so enjoyable, at least to me. As I have said many times, I bet we have a wine that you will enjoy. Come see, and enjoy.

As I said above, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and I would be remiss if I did not thank you again for your support and friendship. We are fast approaching our 25th year in business, and it is not a stretch to say that we have grown up – or older – with you, so let me say thanks again. On a personal note, allow me to say thanks to my brother and partner and our amazing staff, without whose help these 25 years would not have happened.

I hope you are well, and I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks again, and take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

Getting pretty chilly out, non? I have heard the dreaded “s” word mentioned – you know, not “sun”, that other 4 letter “s” word. You know what I’m thinking, right? But this time of year is perfect to cozy yourself with some warm, comforting food & wine, just like what we try to provide you with at Fratello’s. Take this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Arctic Char (which we all know is so good for you) and Chilean Sea Bass, which has its admirers (you know who you are). Come join us, the heat’s on, I replaced the equipment that went down last week, the corkscrews are primed, everything should arrive fresh tomorrow, all we’ll need is you. Hope to see ya’!

In our wine world the Grenache from Treasure Hunter, Cosmic Karma, is nearing the end of its run, but as I mentioned last week, I have another Treasure Hunter waiting off stage to join the performance. The Cabernet from Washington is my favorite of all Treasure Hunter wines I have ever tried, and I stocked up so our supply should be decent. It should join the board this weekend. The other Cabernet on the board is from Italy, to be more specific from Bolgheri on the west coast of Tuscany, and this inexpensive wine gives you a sense of the wines from this important wine region known for their Cabernet and Cab blended wines. It is an old world type of Cabernet – think of Bordeaux rather than Napa – and works well with our menu. Come enjoy some wine with us.

As I mentioned last week, I have started to take reservations for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. We take reservations for all size parties, unlike our normal procedures, with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we serve our normal, weekend menu. Call – do not email – for a reservation. We have a good time and have always sold out in advance, so consider joining us.

We hope you are well and warm, but if not come join us and we’ll do our part to warm you up. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

It is starting to feel like fall, non? You have to admit that we have been somewhat lucky recently, at least weather wise, and it sure seems like a nice day we’re having today. Tell you what, why not keep the good vibes going and consider joining us for dinner this weekend. Our specials will be Beef Funghetto, Halibut from the Pacific and Trigger Fish from off the coast of North Carolina. The ovens will be on, the ice bins will be full, the corkscrews will be at the ready, all the food will be prepped, all we need is you. Hope to see ya’!

A few changes are afoot on our wine board, As I mentioned last week, the Cosmic Karma from Treasure Hunter, which is a Grenache from Napa, has returned and continues to get good ratings. Grenache is an excellent food wine, be it from Spain, France, Italy, Australia or California, and it works very well with our menu. I have also added a Cabernet from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Italy. Bolgheri is in the western side of Tuscany, bordering the Mediterranean sea, and it is known for their Cabernet wines. Listra is a wine that used to be on our wine list, and I have added this medium bodied wine to our feature board. The wine drinks like an old world Cabernet, and is good on its own or with a meal. I plan on adding its big brother, Valpolo, to our wine list. This wine is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and is more full bodied than Listra and is also very good with our menu. Lastly, in the wings following Cosmic Karma is another wine from Treasure Hunter that I think is the best wine in their entire portfolio that I have tried. It is a Cabernet from Washington and drinks way beyond its price point. Stay tuned as you do not want to miss this wine.

As I said earlier it seems pretty nice outside now, but believe it or not the calendar says November. I have a bit of an issue with jumping too early on the Holidays – e.g. Christmas displays in the middle of October is way too early – but I am also aware of and see the benefits of planning ahead. Thus I have started to take reservations for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. We take reservations for all size parties, unlike our normal procedures, with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we serve our normal, weekend menu. Call – do not email – for a reservation. We have a good time and have always sold out in advance, so consider joining us.

As always thanks for your continued support and friendship. We have been here for a long time, and this is due to your support. Thank you sincerely, and we hope to see you son. Take care.

Ciao

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Greetings!

I hope we are not going to pay for this, but we have been pretty lucky recently, at least weather wise. Sunny days, beautiful skies & clouds, even Scottish golf weather, all for the good. Just the kind of days to treat you & your people to a wonderful meal, perhaps even with some wine. Like, just saying, this weekend at Fratello’s, when we will be featuring Smoked Salmon, Pork Osso Bucco, and the return of Jumbo Sea Scallops. It’s looking like a good weekend to join us, so mosey over, we’d love to see ya’!

On the wine front, we continue to feature wines from Treasure Hunter that I mentioned last week. The California Grenache, Cosmic Karma, is on a brief hiatus but will return soon, but on the board as I write this is a Petit Sirah from Sonoma, also by Treasure Hunter. This wine offers forward fruit in a medium to full bodied wine, very good by itself or with a meal. A Cabernet from Napa by Michael Pozzan awaits in the wings, and I plan on adding a wine from Italy to the mix soon. As I have often said, there is a lot of juice out there to enjoy, and we have plenty, so I am sure that we can pair you with a wine that you will enjoy. Join us for a glass, or a bottle….remember, you can always take the bottle home if you do not finish the wine. Just ask us.

It is very nice out as I write this, and I hope you have been able to enjoy our good fortune recently. Thank you for all your support, it is truly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

I have no idea what’s in store for us going forward, but so far I am pretty keen on how the Fall has been progressing. These temps and bright sunshine can stay for awhile, as far as I am concerned. And you know what else I am pretty “keen” on? Well, bien sur, that you might be so tempted by what I am about to write that you will join us this weekend for some fine food & wine. We will be featuring Berkshire Pork Chops from the USA, Red Grouper from Mexico, and Mahi-mahi from off the coast of Nicaragua, so an international cast of meals. Come join us, the weather ought to be okay, we’ll be here waiting for you, all good…we’d love to see ya’!

A few changes are afoot on the wine front. On the wine board I have added another wine from Treasure Hunter called Cosmic Karma, which is a Grenache from Yountville in Napa Valley. This is an excellent wine either by itself or with a meal, and you may recall that I have shared with you how fond I am of Grenache wines. Going forward I have several other wines from Treasure Hunter that I plan to feature for you to enjoy. Treasure Hunter has an interesting concept, in that they approach high end vineyards and purchase already made wine that the vineyard chooses, for whatever reason, not to bottle, and they then bottle it with their own label at a much  reduced price point than the original vineyard charges. They have to abide by restrictions that the vineyards place on them, such as never detailing where the wines come from or its original name. But this means that we can drink very good wine at a fraction of the price that the wine would cost in its original bottling. On our wine list I have also added two new Italian wines, a wine from Puglia that is a blend of Primitivo and Negoramaro, which you can compare to an Italian version of Zinfandel, a Cabernet/Merlot blend from the Friuli region of northern Italy, and a higher end red wine from Washington that is a Cabernet blend, much like a Bordeaux. This wine from Quilceda Creek, CVR, is very allocated and very well respected, an example of high quality wines from eastern Washington. All these wines are available and worth trying, trust me.

We hope you are well and enjoying our good fortune, both outside and hopefully inside as well. Thank you for all your support, we hope to see you soon. Take care.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Unfortunately October baseball did not last as long as we had hoped it would, but the Tribe still gave us much to cheer about this season. Although things obviously did not turn out quite as expected, or as hoped, I suggest we say good job to the team, let’s learn from this year and go get ’em next season (although that refrain is getting old around here). Now how’s that for optimism? You know what I am also optimistic about? Why, that you might be so tempted by our features, or our menu, or our wines, or just us to come visit with us this weekend! We will be featuring

Beef Braciole, Arctic Char and Flounder, and of course there will also be some Veal & Chicken & Pasta & Clams & Mussels & Calamari & Eggplant &…..hope you can join us, we’d love to see ya’!

Our wine board our supply of the Cabernet blend from California, Elizabeth Rose, is getting very low, so I urge you to try it while it is available. The same is true to a lesser extent with the Pinot Noir from Monterey, Cowpoke. Both of these wines are medium bodied, easy to drink & enjoy type of wines. In the wings offstage a Cabernet from Napa awaits, which offers both quality & especially value, and I may even have some vino from Italy up my sleeve. Stay tuned.

We hope you are well and want to thank you again for your support. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

Greetings!

Pretty nice out, non? I could take this type of day for awhile, say until next spring. Not likely, perhaps, but let’s take it while we can. Plus we have October baseball to enjoy. Plus how about some nice meals & wine at Fratello’s? This weekend we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef, Bone In Ribeye Steaks, Black Grouper from Central America. and Wild Stripped Bass from the Maryland coast. Come join us, we have some fine food, some fine wine (& spirits), and we’ll all be rooting for the Tribe! We’d love to se ya’!

Speaking of wine, the Toro from Spain has unfortunately left us, but I have added a red blend from Napa to our wine board that you might enjoy. Crafted from a winemaker who previously worked at Cakebread Cellars, this red wine, “Chockablock” from Elizabeth Rose, is a Merlot heavy red blend, with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot also blended, and is a medium, bodied red from Napa in the Bordeaux style. Easy drinking, well balanced, this is a very nice drinking wine, with or without food. I have also tasted today some very good wines from Italy and from Sonoma, so stay tuned, it is likely they will turn up in future emails. As I have often said, I bet we have a wine for you to enjoy here. Come join us!

Thanks for your continued support and friendship. We hope you are enjoying our good weather, and really good fortune, and look forward to seeing you soon. Take care.

Ciao