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Greetings,

Wouldn’t you know it, we get the coldest temps of the season on Valentines’s weekend! Do not be troubled, however, for it is warm in Fratello’s (I paid the bill) and we are here for you and your Valentine, or whomever you come with (we’re easy). However, be warned that on the actual Valentine’s Day this Sunday we will all be somewhere else with our Valentines. But this weekend we will be featuring Red Grouper, the ever popular Jumbo Sea Scallops and Certified Angus Beef Bone-in Rib Eye Steaks. And Veal and Shrimp and Pasta and Clams and Mussels and Eggplant and Chicken and….I am sure we have something to delight your palate.

On our wine board our supply of the very fruit forward Riddler is getting limited, but I expect delivery tomorrow of two new wines to join the Joel Gott Cabernet and Siena from Ferrari-Carano on the board. One is the new vintage of the red blend Connundrum and another is a Cabernet Sauvignon but not from Napa. This wine is from the Lake District north of Napa, and when tasting it I thought it offered a nice contrast from the Napa Cab from Joel Gott. Not better, just different, they are both good and the Joel Gott is not going anywhere as long as they have it. I also have a Brunello from 2009 that is not on our list but I was able to get it at a price point that puts it at $50 on our list, which is inexpensive for a Brunello. This wine from Molino del Piano is rated 91 by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, and just might be the wine to make your Valentine swoon. Just saying. I have said before, I am sure that we have a wine here for you, just ask.

Thanks you for your continued support, and remember that we are here to help you make your Valentine happy. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

I know it is February and all, but those 50+ degree temps we had recently were pretty nice, non? One could get used to that, as I did, but unfortunately reality often finds a way to set in, as the recent chill seems to have done. But no need to despair, because one can still enjoy quality food & wine (thank God!!). For our contribution to this enjoyment, we will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin, Flounder and Red Drum, the latter two being fresh fish from the Mid-Atlantic off the coast of the Carolinas. We hope you consider joining us this weekend for a nice dinner, or perhaps a nice beverage, or both – we’d love to see you!!

Our wine board continues to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Sienna, and the Washington Cab blend Revelry and the Red Blend from California, The Riddler. The latter is a dry wine but with abundant fruit, so it is not as dry as many other wines out there, and the response so far has been very positive. Good with food or not, give it a try. If the fruit is too much for you, I would go with The Revelry, which is another red blend but with more subdued fruit. This is what I love about wine, among other things, is that there is a wine out there for everyone. Join us and I am confident we can match you up with a winner.

Rain, snow, cold or hot we are humbled by your support. Thank you sincerely, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings,

Hey, it looks like a good weekend coming up! Should be decent outside, maybe some sun, maybe some rain – who knows – but as I have said before, we all know it could be worse for us. If it were me, just saying, I think I might be inclined to head out for some good food & wine. And if I were to come to Fratello’s, again just saying, this weekend I would have some tasty specials to choose from for my main course. Like Cape D’Or Salmon, which is sustainable salmon for those who care, Boneless Buffalo Short Ribs, and King Crab Legs. Or maybe some Veal or Shrimp or Eggplant or Calamari or Calms & Mussels or Pasta or Chicken or….lots of choices. Hope you can join us, we’ll be here for you!

Some wine news to share with you. I continue to feature the Cab blend from Washington from Revelry, which I am very fond of, and the excellent Tempranillo from Numanthia from Spain, Termes, which unfortunately is nearly gone. I have also added a red blend from Napa that a friend recommended called The Riddler. This non-vintage red blend does not indicate what the blend is, suggesting that we figure it out. I would bet there is Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet in the mix, but who knows. Regardless the wine offers plenty of fruit in a medium body, decent balance and finish, and is a good value. Come try it and guess what you think it is made of, I think you will like it. A very friendly wine.

On our wine list I have added a Barbera D’Alba from Tenuta Carretta, which we enjoyed at our last wine dinner last fall. This wine is very well made, as are all their wines, with a softness and elegance sometimes lacking in other Barberas. I have also added a new vintage of an excellent Barbaresco from Ovello, and a Cabernet blend from one of my favorite wineries in Washington, L’Ecole No. 41, called Apogee. This wine is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec and has everything going for it. Body, structure, balance, flavor and finish, a very fine wine. Lastly, as a favor to a wine distributor I have a Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley that we are offering at a reduced rate for you to enjoy. This Pinot is from White Oak, a vineyard I am also very fond of and have had the opportunity to visit and meet with the winemaker and owner. This wine is very true to the varietal, elegant and intense, and comes from the 2012 vintage that the Wine Enthusiast rated a 95.We
are offering it at $39 per bottle, less than the $50 normal cost and a very good value for a Russian River wine. Give it a try.

We are grateful for your continued support and friendship, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings,

It’s funny (maybe not the best word), a few weeks back we were basking in the warmth of 40 and even 50+ temps in December, yet today and recently we have had to deal with a bit of a freeze, to say the least. Sure it could be worse, and there is a rumor of a heat wave soon above the freezing mark, but I was getting used to those 40+ degree days. Alas, such is life, and no mater the outside temps we at Fratello’s try to persevere and offer you excellent food & wine. Like this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Pork Osso Bucco (which we have served in the past and is amazing), Halibut from Norway and Wild Hokkaido Scallops. These scallops come from the northernmost and largest island in Japan, and are typically large and noted for their tenderness and sweet, creamy taste. We hope you have a chance to join us.

On our wine board I continue to feature the Cabernet blend from the Washington vineyard Revelry, The Reveler. Offering body, structure and fruit, yet more restrained than a Napa style Cab, this wine is very good with our menu or by itself. I am also adding a wine from Spain that is one of my favorite wines, Termes from Numanthia. Numanthia is a very respected vineyard from the Duero valley in northwest Spain, and this wine is their first level offering. It is a Tinto de Toro, the local name for Tempranillo, which along with Garnacha are the major red grapes of Spain. Termes has subtle tannins, body and richness with a long finish. I only have a few bottles, yet I suspect more will be in the pipeline soon. Give it a try, an amazing wine.

A little reflection, if I may. Recently we all learned of the passing of David Bowie and now Glenn Frey, two music legends that many if not most of us grew up with. And sadly some of you may have felt the loss of a loved one or friend recently, as I did with the passing of my rascal friend Michael. When events such as these occur one often takes stock of one’s life and what is truly important and what truly has the most meaning. We at Fratello’s are indeed grateful that we have been here in Avon Lake for more than 23 years attempting to offer you quality food & wine. We are also grateful for your continued support and friendship, and for my part I am grateful for my long time staff who have helped us craft and execute our vision for you. Thank you sincerely, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings

Crazy times we live in, non? Now I know this can apply to many things these days, especially this year (if you know what I mean), but I’m thinking of going from wicked cold to nearly 40 degrees in a day or so, and then, they say, returning to the teens again on Monday. A little consistency would be nice. Like, for instance, what we try to do here at Fratello’s with our food & wine & service &…, well, with everything. Take this weekend, when we will be offering as specials Mahi-mahi from Hawaii, Swordfish and Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steak. We hope you have a chance to join us, we’d love to see ya’!

A few wine thoughts to share with you. On our wine board we have a few bottles left of the Cabernet blend from Argentina, Finca Libertad, which is on the bigger body side and perhaps more in the style of an old world wine rather than a fruit bomb from the new world. The Cabernet blend from Washington from Revelry, The Reveler, has officially joined the board, and this red blend does show more fruit that does the Argentine wine yet also offers body, structure and substance. I have mentioned this vineyard before, and I am very impressed with their efforts. Revelry also makes an excellent Syrah which we have on our wine list, and it is among the best Syrahs I have ever tasted. I have also added a few bottles of a Grenache by Revelry, which has attracted excellent reviews. Both of these wines are “*” wines, but worth the cost. Lastly, I also want to mention the Pinot Noir from Maysara which we have on our list. Now I know that some of you are perhaps not that keen on Pinot Noir,
but I urge you to enlarge your tent and try it. This wine from Oregon is excellent, and Maysara was considered the best Pinot in a tasting the New York Times had recently of Oregon Pinot Noirs. I have visited this vineyard and was very impressed with their efforts and the way they run their business, professionally and the way they treat the environment and their employees. We have two Pinot Noir wines from Maysara on our list, and a Pinot Gris as well. Try them, I think you will be impressed.

We hope you are well and into the swing of things for 2016, and we hope to see you soon. Thank you for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

Ciao

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Greetings

Welcome to 2016! I know I have said as such to many of my readers, but not to all, and as this is my first email of the new year I thought a welcome was appropriate. I trust you made it through the rush of the Holidays and the New Year’s festivities relatively intact, as have we (emphasis, though, on “relatively”), and for me there is no better way to start the new year than with treating yourselves to some good food & wine. Like, say, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Pilot Rack of Lamb, Silk Snapper from Florida and Black Bass. We hope you have a chance to mosey over, we’d love to see ya’!

I have added a Cabernet blend from Argentine to our wine feature board, Finca Libertad, which addresses the question whether there are red wines other than Malbec from Argentina. Medium to full bodied with abundant fruit, this wine has both balance and substance and will stand up well to food, such as our veal or chicken or the Pilot Rack of Lamb. I also plan by way of contrast to add to the board a Cabernet blend from Washington state called The Reveler. We have featured this wine before, and I am a big fan of this Washington vineyard. We have on our wine list a very full bodied and excellent Syrah from this vineyard, which is among my favorite wines I tasted last year. The Reveler is more value orientated and offers excellent fruit typical of the region, but not at the sacrifice of balance and body. Both of these wines are very good and I think you will enjoy them.

I do not know if you have noticed, but the days are getting longer now, as the song goes, and we all know this winter has not been too rough thus far (hopefully not the kiss of death, if you know what I mean). Let us all be optimistic as we start the New Year, just remember that we are here for you. Thanks for all your support, and thanks to those of you who helped us kick in the year on New Year’s Eve. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings

The New Year is fast approaching, and as I write this we are prepping and trying to get prepared for the big night. Which is kind of a big night in our business. FYI we will be closed on New Year’s Day, but will be here for business as usual on Saturday, January 2nd. We will be offering specials that evening, but they depend on what happens tonight, and what if anything we can have delivered on Saturday. Of course, our regular menu will be available, as well as some wine and beer and spirits and…I know the next two evenings can be rather festive, but would love to see you this weekend as we welcome in the New Year.

I want to thank you for your continued support and friendship you have extended to us all these many years. As you know we recently concluded our 23rd year in operation, and it was way back in 1992 that my brother and I decided to make a go of a small Italian restaurant in Avon Lake. In that span there have been good years, and not so good years, but with your support and the help of our wonderful staff we have made it thus far, with plans to carry on for many more. It is very much appreciated. On behalf of the entire Fratello’s family, present and past, I want to wish you a most Happy and Safe New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings

It is hard to believe that this weekend is the last before Christmas, non? As the song goes, where has all the time gone? But the calendar doesn’t lie, and I bet many of you are beyond busy getting ready for the big day and preparing to spend time with family and friends. For our part we are here and doing our thing, and would love to see you this weekend, if only so that we could wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. But if you are interested in dinner, which will be available as well, we will be featuring North Atlantic Haddock, Jumbo Sea Scallops and Baseball Top Sirloins. Oh, and there will probably also be some wine and spirits and beer and shrimp and veal and pasta and eggplant and chicken and clams and mussels and calamari and…..we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the Monastrell/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Spain, Fuerza, which has been well received this past week since we added it to the board. I continue to feature the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Zinfandel from Motto, and the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carona, Siena. Several of these wines have been with us for awhile, like the Joel Gott and Siena, and I keep them because they offer quality and value for you. Plus they work well with our menu. Remember that our wine list offers wines from throughout the world, from California, Washington and Oregon to France, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Germany, Argentina and of course Italy. As I have said before, I am confident that we have a wine that will work for you.

Today, December 17th, marks an anniversary for us in that 23 years ago today we had our trial run in business, which worked out pretty well as we are still here 23 years later and counting. We could not have been here without your support, friendship and kindness and we are truly grateful. This time of year can be hectic and stressful, as I am sure you well know, but above all it is a time of joy and gratitude. We want to wish you a very peaceful and joyous Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.

Ciao

P.S. As in the past 23 years, we will not be open on Christmas or Christmas Eve, although we will be here on a limited basis for catering requests on the 24th. Merry Christmas!

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32085 Electric Blvd.
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Weekend Specials

Greetings

Boy, it has been some December so far, non? It just does not seem that Christmas is only two weeks away, at least by looking outside and the weather and all. I’m all for it – keep the shovels in the garage where they belong. But temps notwithstanding, it is the Holiday Season, and we are prepped and ready to help you celebrate. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, Barramundi Fish from New Zealand, and Corvina Fish from the Carolinas. I know this can be a busy and hectic time of year, but we hope you have time to pay us a visit. We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new Spanish wine to our wine board from Fuerza which is a blend of Monastrell, known elsewhere as Mourvedre, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a nice drinking wine, with structure, fruit and even a bit of elegance. Highly rated by the wine press, including a 90 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this wine represents quality at a very good value. For those who are interested, we also received this week a long delayed shipment of Dornfelder, which to those of you who do not know is a slightly sweet red wine from Germany. The wine is served chilled, and while it is definitely sweet it is not cloyingly sweet, if you know what I mean. The distributor was shorted hundreds of cases on his order from Germany, but we were able to get some. So for now we are in stock, and should be for the near future. And yes, I have ordered more.

We hope you are well and not too stressed by the season, and we are grateful for your support. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Fratello’s Wine Club News

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I am pleased to announce the initial release of the Fratello’s Wine Club. Over the past several weeks I have tasted wines from a number of wine distributors, and have been offered lists and notes on a number of other wines, some of which I plan to include in further club selections. I have chosen three wines from very different wine regions, a wine from Spain, one from California, and a wine from Italy, which I thought was appropriate given that we are an Italian restaurant. I tasted the wines this past weekend with dinner with my family and they worked very well with our meal, which is a primary metric I use in selecting wines for you to enjoy. The wines continued to drink well the day after our meal with another dinner, and I hope you enjoy them. The wine will be available for pick up starting on Friday evening, December 11th, and thereafter any day that you are available to pick them up. The cost is just slightly more than my target range, totaling $123.97, which with tax
owed to the state gives a grand total of $132.03. In addition, the $40 one time cost of your wine bag will be added to your total which will be billed tomorrow, giving a final total of $172.03. The wine bag will be given you when you pick up your wines.

Now, the wines. The first wine is a 2012 Garnacha from Alto Moncayo from Spain, Veraton. This wine comes from the Campo de Borja region from Aragon, which is in north central Spain. The vineyard is in a very arid part of Spain in sight of the Pyrenees mountains to the north, and the vineyard has very stony soil with a very deep root system. Veraton is the third wine of Alto Moncayo, and comes from vines that 30 to 50 years old. Their other two wines comes from successively older vines, and I have tried their second wine which is excellent, and may be a candidate for a further club release. Garnacha along with Tempranillo are the two major grape varietals from Spain, and this wine has beautiful color, a pleasant mouth feel, and excellent fruit. The wine, which is aged 16 months prior to release, offers soft, not harsh, tannins and a full, lingering finish. It has also received very good reviews from the wine press, including a rating of 93 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. I
am a big fan of this wine, and I hope you enjoy it.

The second wine is a Merlot from the Miner Family Winery from Napa Valley, California. In my view Merlot is a grape varietal which has been unfairly maligned in recent years and is worthy of both more respect and attention. This 2010 vintage is from the Stagecoach Vineyard, which is situated along an old stagecoach trail in volcanic soils on the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation of Napa. The wine is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, and offers moderate to full fruit in its nose, ripe cherry notes, fine tannins and a lengthy finish. This is a smooth tasting wine, fruit forward, and typical of fine Merlot from Napa. It just might make you a fan of Merlot again, or perhaps for the first time.

The third wine is a 2006 Barbaresco Riserva from Rivetti Massimo. Barbaresco is a 100% Nebbiolo grape varietal, and is grown around the village of Barbaresco in Piedmont in northwest Italy. Rivetti Massimo is located in the township of Neive, and this wine comes from their Serraboella vineyard, which is well suited for excellent Nebbiolo. I had lunch recently with Davide Rivetti, one of the younger generation of this family which has five generations of history in the wine business, and I was very impressed with the attention to detail the family makes in crafting their wines. They pay meticulous attention to every step in the process, especially with respect to the environment. They harvest by hand and use only organic fertilizers, very low amounts of sulfites, and strive to keep the wines as natural as possible. In fact this vineyard will be certified as organic in 2016. They use Slovenian oak barrels and then French “barrique” oak barrels, taking a page from the renowned
Barbaresco producer Angelo Gaja, and the wine offers balance, structure, body and finesse. Barbaresco offers perhaps a more nuanced and perhaps even a more “feminine” side to Nebbiolo, but what Barbaresco, and for that matter its bigger cousin, Barolo, offers to me is elegance. This is a well crafted wine that will be excellent with your meal. This is not a huge bodied Cabernet, rather it is rounded, a bit softer yet not a lightweight, and, again, elegance. Nebbiolo is a grape that should be on everybody’s radar, and now it may be on yours.

In closing, I want to thank you for your support for Fratello’s and your faith in joining the Wine Club. I want to finish with a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who would be high on my list of historical dinner companions, who said “wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy”. I say “here, here”, I hope you enjoy these wines, and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Ciao

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