Look on the bright side, it is looking a lot like Christmas outside. A bit nippy, perhaps, but it’s what we expect this time of year, non? But it’s cozy here at Fratello’s, even a bit festive, and not a bad place to enjoy some fine food & wine. Like this weekend, when we will featuring Baseball Top Sirloin, Norwegian Halibut and Wreck Grouper. Some of your other favorites will also be available – you know, Veal Salt & Veal Fratello, Chicken Fratello & Rollotini, all the Parms, Shrimp & Clams, Pasta & Mozzarella, Mussels &… get the idea. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

The wine world seems to be on cruise control through the Holidays, but I have added new vintages to the Ciacci Brunello and Barbera d’Asti from Spinetti, both excellent wines from Piedmont. Barbera, a grape with wines coming from both the city of Alba and the city of Asti, is among the best grape varietals to enjoy with food in all of Italy. And as for Brunello, this wine from Tuscany is 100% Sangiovese, which is among my favorite varietals grown anywhere. Sangiovese is grown elsewhere in the world, often with good results, but in my view it is never as good as it is in Italy, and Brunello is among the finest expressions of Sangiovese. It seems to go along with almost all foods, and works very well with our menu. For those of you perhaps tempted by my alphabet tease from last week, the wait is nearly over for the return to our glass pour program for this well received wine. Very close, probably by this weekend. Lastly, I have added a few bottles of a Chardonnay from California that offers both quality and value. It is called Churn and is a Treasure Hunter wine, with simply a California appellation. It will not make it to our list as the supply is limited, but it is in the house and available. Ask us, I bet you’ll like it.

It is almost time for Santa to get the sleigh ready, but plenty of time left to enjoy the season with family and friends.  We hope you are well and enjoying the season, and I want to thank you again for all your support all these many years. By the time I draft my next email to you the date of our 25th anniversary will be passed, and we would not be here for all these years without your support and friendship. I have much to thank for this, including my brother & partner, my staff, past & present, and of course you, our loyal customers. And for me, most personally,  I must acknowledge the support my wife and best friend, Pam, has extended me, without whose support I would not have been able to endure. Thank you all, and I hope to see you soon.