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

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Nice day out, non? A bit cool perhaps, especially after the recent temps we’ve had, but it is fall after all. For me this time of year is nearly perfect – no need for A/C, no need for heat, just about perfect sleeping weather, the only thing missing is longer days, but those times are gone for now. But you know what these days and nights are also perfect for……drum roll please……here it comes…….why, heading out for some fine food & wine! (Of course! But you probably knew this was coming.) For our part we will be featuring this very weekend Pork Tenderloin, Turbot Fish from the North Atlantic, and Swordfish. Oh, and we have some wine for you to enjoy as well. Give it a thought, consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

Our wine board continues to feature the Napa Cabernet from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend from Sonoma from Ferrari-Carano, both of which have been with us for some time and continue to be featured because they continue to be very good. They join the Toro from Spain, which is in short supply as I write this, and the Pinot Noir, Cowpoke, which hails from the Monterey region of California. I bought all of the Cowpoke that the distributor had left, largely due to the response from the public. Our supply is solid now, no need to worry. I plan to add another Cabernet blend from California to the party soon, which was supposed to go to another contender but I was disappointed in how this wine tasted so we will go elsewhere. Remember, I have to like the wines that we feature or they do not get a slot. Come join us for a glass, or a bottle – I bet we have a wine that you will enjoy.

As always thank you for your continued support and friendship, and your patience in reading this email every week. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings,

Wouldn’t you know it, just as we are knocking on the door to autumn summer seems to want to come back? Not that I mind, as the warm weather is good for so many things. You know, like golf, boating, picnics, boating, even walking. And perhaps best of all, it gives us perfect temps & conditions to head out to enjoy some fine food & wine. We at Fratello’s hope to tempt you this weekend with some Certified Angus Beef, Dry Aged, Bone-in Filet Mignon and some Bass specials, as we will also be featuring Chilean Sea Bass and Wild Stuffed Bass. The specials will be good, as will the Veal & Shrimp & Chicken & Pasta & Eggplant & Calamari & Clams & Mussels &…., I have paid the bills so the air will be on, we have some wine, we’ll all be here…..so consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

Speaking of wine, I have finally received the shipment of the Cowpoke Pinot Noir from the Monterey area that I mentioned last week, so we have plenty for you to enjoy. This wine offers great fruit and nose in a medium body, an excellent drinking wine, with or without a meal. I also mentioned last week the wines from Charles Smith from Washington that I have added to our program. These include the Cabernet/Shiraz blend, The Creator, and two Syrah wines, which are perhaps his signature grape. These wines come from Washington state and are both well rated and, more importantly, very good. I also have received several new wines from Italy that I recently tasted, including a white from Calabria and a red from Puglia, both from the south of the country, and several aged wines from Tuscany, including some super Tuscans and a Brunello from 1999. The Brunello is not inexpensive, but it shows how a quality wine from a respected producer can age. Lastly, I also have a new Cabernet from Hollywood & Vine, Short Ends, which is their second label cab to their much more expensive flagship cab, named 2480. This wine is medium to full bodied but a bit fresher and brighter than is the 2480, but at less than half its cost. The owners of the winery hail from the entertainment business, hence their name. Just some thoughts. As I have said before, I am confident that we have a wine here in some shape and color that you will enjoy.

We hope you are well and are not too taken aback from this unexpected heat wave. Thanks for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

P.S. How about that Tribe!

Weekend Specials

 

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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