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Well, it finally looks like the summer we have been waiting for has finally arrived, in all its finery. There is a rumor, alas, that some heat & humidity is on its way, but don’t let that spoil what we have right now. It is just perfect out there for so many things, including, I might add, leaving the nest for some fine food & wine. Like, say, at Fratello’s, where this weekend we will be featuring Braciole, an Italian stuffed and rolled beef dish, Chilean Sea Bass, and the ever popular Jumbo Sea Scallops. There might even be a surprise side dish, who knows? We’d love to have you join us and keep us company.

Winewise, I have paired down our wine features to the Cab from Joel Gott, the French Grenache wine, Shatter, from Joel Gott & Dave Phinney, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, and the Malbec from Mendoza. Several new wines from Italy will be joining the party next week, and I will keep you posted regarding the wine dinner we are planning for the 11th of October. I am waiting to see who might be in the country from Italy for the dinner, and I need to select the wines for the dinner. Tough job, I know, but I’m on it for you. As you know we have a few wines available on our list, and I am sure you can find a wine that will compliment your meal and your evening.

I know the wonderful temps we are enjoying offer many things to do, and we are humbled and grateful when you decide to join us. Thanks for your continued support, regardless of what is happening outside, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings

I just checked the weather for the weekend and guess what, it looks like rain. It’s beginning to look like a broken record around here, if you remember what a record is and know what I mean. But we try not to be a broken record, and try to bring you different and interesting specials, food & wine, to tempt your palate into joining us, like this weekend. Speaking of, we will be featuring Lemon Sole, Swordfish and Prestige Pork Chops, and all the assorted and tasty Fratello stand- bys will be here for you as well. We hope you have a chance to visit with us, we’d love to see ya’!

As for wine, I have a few new wines joining our program this weekend. You might recall I have been touting Rose wines as being especially good in the summer, and I am adding a new Rose from Provence, France, which is well known for their Rose wines. This wine from Bieler, Pere & Fils adds Cabernet Sauvignon and Rolle, a more obscure white grape from the south of France, to blend with the more traditional Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. A bit different than the other Roses on our list, it is the favorite of one of my Rose loving friends, and I like it too! We have also received the 2012 vintage of an excellent Syrah from Napa by Lagier Meredith. I am also a big fan of Syrah, and this is among the finest in our program, plus in 2012 California seems to be hitting all cylinders wine wise. Not inexpensive, but often one gets what one pays for, as in this case. Lastly, I have a few bottles of the 2013 Juvenile Zinfandel from Helen Turley, among the premier Zinfandel producers
anywhere. I only have a few bottle so they will not make it to our wine list, but it does give one a chance to experience what a Turley Zinfandel is all about at a good value, which typically are both very limited and expensive for a Zin. Just a thought.

We continue to be amazed and humbled by your continued sport, it is very much appreciated. We hope you are well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings

Okay, enough already. What do we have to do, start with the “rain, rain, go away..” chant? I mean, I love the Pacific Northwest….Portland, Seattle, etc……but we’re OHIO – enough with the raindrops! But unlike my basement – fortunately – we are well & dry at Fratello’s, and we have some features this weekend to take your mind off the wonderful weather we are having (hopefully). We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon, and Wild Hawaiian Wahoo (Go Tribe!) Fish. I cannot promise a dry weekend, but I bet we can satisfy your palate!

Wine wise, I plan on bringing the Malbec from Argentina I mentioned last week to our feature board. This Malbec is a medium bodied offering from Mendoza, with sufficient fruit and body complimenting the wine. The other wine news I want to share is that I am planning a wine dinner for early October featuring wines from Italy. I have not tasted and chosen the wines yet, as I am awaiting word from the distributor exactly who will be in the country from Italy whose wines we will feature and who hopefully will be here for the dinner. I will keep you posted.

I know this can be a busy time of year, going on vacations, avoiding rain drops, etc., but we are very grateful for your continued support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Stay well, and dry, my friends.

Ciao

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32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings

Great news! It looks like I can put my plans for an Ark away, at least for awhile. No offense to June (well, maybe), but July is looking pretty good so far, at least weather wise. I know this is a big weekend, actually deservedly so, but given that a cook-out might be in your plans sometime this weekend (well, it is for me), how about joining us tomorrow for some good food & wine? We will be featuring the amazing Rib Eye Cap Steak, aka Spinelis, Halibut and Blue Nose Bass. Please note that I said tomorrow and not this weekend, as we will not be here on Saturday. Remember what I said about those cook-outs?

But we will be here on Friday, and we do have some wine that I think you will enjoy. I told you last week about the red blend from Washington, TATT, that was getting limited, as well as the Nebbiolo from Rivetti from Italy, also limited. In the wings a Malbec from Argentina awaits its turn, which I tasted recently, and I am adding several new wines to our wine list this weekend. These include a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap from Napa and two interesting wines from Lodi, California, a Tannat and Petite Verdot. These grapes are traditionally more used world wide in blending with other varietals, but the winemakers at Inkblot make these wines by themselves. Both are bigger bodied wines, meaning they would be excellent with the Spinelis this Friday, and very interesting. As I have said before, with wine I think it is well to enlarge one’s tent, so to speak, and be open to different types of wines. Well, these wines do qualify. As do, incidentally, the Rose wines from France
I mentioned last week. Give it up, give pink wines a try!

Thank you for your continued support and friendship, it is very much appreciated. We hope you have a very safe and happy 4th of July, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings!

News flash, it looks like rain tonight. Ditto for tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday as well, I think. I believe I speak for us all when I say…ENOUGH ALREADY!! But alas, as much as I’d like to, I cannot control the weather, so it is what it is, or, more correctly, it will be what it will be. But what I can control is what might tempt you to come join us this weekend for some tasty food and wine. Our features will be Arctic Char, Blue Marlin and Beef Short Ribs. Oh, and some Veal and Chicken and Shrimp and Clams & Mussels and Calamari and Pasta and Eggplant and…..you get the idea. We’d love to see ya’!

The features on our wine board are staying pretty much the same this week, although our supply of the Nebbiolo from Rivetti and the Washington State red blend from TATI are nearly gone.There is plenty of Cabernet from Joel Gott and Siena from Ferrari-Carano, both of which have been with us for a long time and I keep because of their quality and value. But in the wings awaits an old friend, a red blend from Spain with an alphabet name. Just saying. Last week I extolled the virtues of rose wine, especially this time of year, and to the rose from St. Roch from Provence, which is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, I have added another French rose, La Remise de la Mordoree, which hails from a region to the west of Provence. This rose is a blend of Merlot and Marselan, which in itself is a hybrid blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. This wine is excellent, and please bear in mind that these wines are DRY WINES. Yes, they are pink, but they are DRY, and should work well with our
menu. Enlarge your tent, try a rose…you might be surprised.

We hope you are well and survived the deluge of water this past week. I know many homes had issues this week with the storms, and we hope you and yours are intact. Thank you for all your support, rain or shine, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

I know that water is vital to life, and the plants and trees and grass need it, but enough already. I feel like we’re in Seattle or the Olympic Peninsula or whatever rain forest you’re fond of, plus my basement is not totally happy. But the rain and heat and humidity do not deter what we are doing at Fratello’s, and we’re hoping that between raindrops you might mosey over this weekend for some good food & wine or other assorted beverages. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Mahi-mahi from Hawaii and the ever so popular Jumbo Sea Scallops. I might add that we are into week three of our new menu, and the response has been very good regarding our new entrees. Remember, most of our menu will never change – you know, all the Fratello entrees, the Parms, the Veal Saltimbocca and Chicken Rollo, Linguini with Clams, etc. – so fear not. We’d love to see ya’!

Changes are afoot this weekend on our wine board, as the Locations AR is leaving the party. But joining is an interesting red blend from Washington State, which is mostly Syrah but with some Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Mourvedre. Hailing from the Columbia Valley region in the eastern part of the state, this wine offers excellent fruit and medium body, and will work with our menu or simply on its own. I have also added some new wines to our wine list. These include a Schioppettino from the Friuli region of northeast Italy (Schioppettino is the grape – very good fruit, medium body, a delightful wine), Santagostino from Firriato, which is a Nero D’Avola/Syrah blend from Sicily, and an Estate Pinot Noir from one of my favorite Oregon wine producers, Maysara. Cyrus Pinot Noir offers slightly more body and structure than the Jamsheed Pinot, which is also on our list and also excellent. Maysara also has an excellent Pinot Gris which we also offer, and which at least one
reviewer suggests is the best Pinot Gris from Oregon that he has ever tasted. Lastly, I have added a rose from the Provence region of France, St. Roch les Vignes. This wine is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, and exemplifies what rose from Provence is all about. Excellent by itself or with light entrees, wines like this are among my most favorite during the hot summer months. Yes, it is a pink wine, but give it a try, I think you may be a convert.

Rain or shine we are very appreciative of your support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. I want add my thanks to the Cavs for a truly great season, if ultimately somewhat disappointing. They gave their all, especially you know who, and provided us with some great thrills and memories. Thank you, and I am optimistic about next season.

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Greetings!

I know that technically speaking we are still in the spring season, but it sure feels like summer. I know, it is a little sticky for this time of year, and it has been a bit on the wet side, but it sure could be worse. It is nice to see people out enjoying themselves, golfing, gardening, walking, biking, going out to restaurants for some good food and wine, whatever. Just saying, but should you be free this weekend, we are featuring Berkshire Pork Chops, Mako Shark, and Wreck Grouper, so named because these are large grouper that like to explore ship wrecks off the Carolina coast. I know there is a lot to do this time of year, but we’d sure love to see ya’!

I mentioned recently that our supply of Shatter, the Grenache wine from France crafted by Dave Phinney and Joel Gott, was on short supply, but this has been remedied and we have good stock. Offering fruit and body, this wine tastes like California but is French, and works with our menu very well. I still love the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, which is excellent either with our menu or simply by itself, but the Malbec blend from Argentina, AR, also by Dave Phinney is nearly gone. Fear not, however, for I have a nice blend from Washington waiting for its turn on the board. Last week I extolled the virtues of Rose wine, and the recent heat surge makes this wine taste even better, which I want to confirm has joined the party at Fratello’s. Give it a try.

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

Ciao

P.S. HOW ABOUT THOSE CAVS!! Let’s hope they make it easier for all us fans tonight.

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(440) 871-3054
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Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

It looks like another beauty out there today. One could get used to this, non? Like good food & wine, which is also nice to get used to. Speaking of, this is what we have been endeavoring to do here at Fratello’s for the past 22+ years. Take this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Yellow Edge Grouper, Copper River Sockeye Salmon, and Certified Angus Beef Texas Strip Steak. The new menu which we rolled out last week has been well received, and while not drastically different (let’s be honest, there are many things on the menu which we cannot change – we do not want a riot on our hands!) there are several new items that we think you will enjoy. Give them a try.

As for the wine part of the good things in life, the collaboration between Dave Phinney and Joel Gott, Shatter, which we started last week continues on our wine board. A French wine that tastes like it was made in California, this Grenache works very well with our menu. The same goes for the other features, the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carona, Siena, the Nebbiolo from Rivetti and the Locations AR from Orin Swift (i.e. Dave Phinney). In the near future I plan to introduce you to a red blend from Washington which offers fruit, body and balance, as well as a new Malbec from Argentina. I also am expecting a delivery of a Rose wine from the south of France, a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, that represents the wines from this region very well. I have struggled with Rose wines over the years, perhaps it has something to do with the pink color, but these wines are among my most favorite wines in warm weather. This is a DRY wine, decent fruit and body,
and is very tasty. Not a huge wine, but sometimes one does not need a big, blockbuster, just a decent wine to enjoy. Open your mind, give Rose a try and I bet you’ll find that “pink” wines are not bad.

Thanks as always for your continued support, we wouldn’t be here without ya’ (and we know it!). We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. GO CAVS!!

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Greetings!

Al I can say is that it sure is beautiful out. Beautiful sky, warm temps but not so humid, all good. Let’s hope it stays with us for more than one day, but knowing how things work around here, probably not. But whether Mother Nature blesses us with another gorgeous day, or not, we will be here this weekend for some good food & wine for you to enjoy. Our specials include Black Bass, Alaska Ivory King Salmon (among the very best fish for you, taste & healthwise!) and Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak. We are also into week two of our new menu, so come and check it out. As I mentioned last week most of our core menu remains, so fear not, and much of what we have served in the past we can continue to provide you, but the menu has some new dishes for you to enjoy. We hope to see ya’!

On the beverage side, I am adding tomorrow to our wine feature board a French wine made by two Americans whom you know and more importantly whose other wines you enjoy. The winemakers are Joel Gott and Dave Phinney, originally of Prisoner fame but also of many other wines that we have on our wine list, and their collaboration is a wine called Shatter, which is a Grenache wine. As you may recall I am very fond of Grenache wines, and they work very well with our menu. Shatter offers more fruit than most French wines, reflecting the winemakers preference and style, but is more restrained than big fruit bomb wines from California. The other new offering this weekend is a new draft beer from Jackie O’s from Athens, Ohio, called Razz Wheat, which we think works well with the warmer temps we are having. Try it and tell me what you think.

Thanks for your continued support. We hope you are in good health and frame of mind, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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

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Greetings!

Well, it has been another “topsy turvy” week, at least weather wise, although not strictly weather wise for me, if you know what I mean. But I digress, and besides it looks like we will end up on the “topsy” side of things as the week closes, which is a lot better than the “turvy” side. We have some nice specials for you to enjoy this weekend, including Atlantic Halibut, Jumbo Sea Scallops and the amazing Rib Eye Cap Steak, aka Spinelis, which you should try if you have not already. But the big news this weekend is that on Saturday we are launching a new menu, and a new lunch menu launches on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Fear not, as much of the menu has not changed – I mean, we can not delete any of the Parmigiana, the Fratello dishes, the Eggplant, Linguini with Clams, Saltimbocca, Chicken Rollatini, etc. But there are several new Chicken entrees, a new Shrimp dish, and two new Veal entrees, including a new variation of Veal and Crab. And we are adding two new Flatbreads
to the Antipasto section. We hope you enjoy it.

On the wine side, the red blend from Portugal, Portada, is nearing its end on our feature board and I urge you to try it before it leaves us. A blend of five varietals native to the region, this medium bodied wine offers both fruit and a nice balance, very smooth. I am also very fond of the Nebbiolo Langhe from Rivetti from Piedmont, which offers an excellent introduction to this noble grape of Italy, the source of Barolo and Barbaresco. Not yet on our list but due soon is a Barbaresco Riserva, also by Rivetti, and the return of the Sangiovese based Vino Nobile di Montepulciano by La Casella, which beside being a hoot to say is a wonderful wine from Tuscany. Come in and enjoy some wine with us!

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you are well. This Monday is Memorial Day, which by the way we will be closed for the entire day, and is a day when, in part, one remembers and respects how fortunate we all are in this country and especially those many men and women who have made all of this possible. We, for our part, are very grateful. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy your holiday. See you soon.

Ciao

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(440) 871-3054
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