Greetings!

Kinda nuts around here, non? It almost seems like Spring today, complete with showers even, and yet we are told that the hammer, winter wise, will come down starting tomorrow. I guess we should be used to this by now, being long time residents of these parts, but a little consistency would be nice. Kind of like what we try to do – just saying – here at Fratello’s, in that we strive to consistently provide you with tasty dining & drinking options. Like this weekend, for example, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, the salmon like Arctic Char, and Hokaido Scallops from Japan. Come see us, we’d love to see ya’!

In our wine world I am preparing to add new wines to our feature board, some of which I mentioned to you earlier, including a Cabernet from Washington, a (yes, the golfer) and the return to our board of the highly rated & very affordable red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve. Our supply of Listra, the Cabernet from Tuscany, is dwindling, and once it is gone there will be room for one of these other wines. If you’re interested, ask me and I can bring one out for you. These wines are all very good and work well with our menu.

We always appreciate and are grateful for your support, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us. We hope you are well, hopefully flu-free, and look forward to seeing you soon, maybe even this weekend.

Ciao

Greetings!

Cold enough for ya’? Don’t get me wrong, there is a beauty to winter, the white snow, the crisp air, and especially when the sun chooses to appear, as it is today as I write this. But enough with the polar vortex already. Look on the bright side, at least we don’t have a “bombogenesis” to contend with – hooray for small favors! But alas, there is another “bright” side to a winter like we have now – it’s good to congregate with friends & family over a nice meal & some tasty wine. Which – big surprise, I know – is something that we can help you with. This weekend we will be featuring Red Grouper from Costa Rica, Mahi-mahi from beautiful Hawaii, and Certified Angus Beef from the good ol’ USA. Come join us, the heat and ovens will be on, the corkscrew primed, all we need is you, we’d love to see ya’!

I am planning some changes to our wine board soon, including wines from Australia, Portugal and

California, so stay tuned. The Locations “E” is still with us, and probably will be for awhile as the response has been, as it was before, very positive, plus I like it. Medium bodied with ample fruit, this is a crowd pleaser. The Italian Cabernet, Listra, from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, is also still on our board, although its supply is dwindling. This wine is a Cab in the old world style, meaning the fruit is more muted but the overall taste impression offers balance and structure, and even elegance. It is fun & interesting to try the way a single grape varietal, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, differs so much based on the winemaker and the location of the vineyards, as in the Cab from Joel Gott from Napa vs. this Cab from Listra from Italy. And there are lots of other comparisons you can experience with us at Fratello’s, such as a Pinot Noir from CA vs. a Pinot from Oregon, or from France. It is one of the reasons I enjoy wine. Just a thought.

We hope you are well, and staying warm, and perhaps might even mosey over to visit this weekend. Thanks for your support. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

Well, I hope Santa was good to everyone. We did get our White Christmas, which I like, but now that the sleigh has been put away for a year it’s time for warmer weather, non? But the New Year beckons, and we will be here all weekend to hep you welcome the New Year. Our New Year’s Eve plans are nearly full, although we do have a few openings as I write this, but we will be around on Friday & Saturday to celebrate the closing of “17 and the welcoming of ’18 with you. We will be featuring this weekend Prestige Pork Chops, Wahoo Fish and Swordfish. Come join us and help us celebrate!

I have some plans for the new year wine wise, but we will conclude this year on our wine board the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, the Italian Cab from Tuscany, Listra, and the Spanish wine from Dave Phinney, Locations E, that I mentioned last week. We had featured “E” many months ago, and it seems like many of you have welcomed its return to our program. This Tempranillo wine is Spanish but made in a California style, which I think lends its appeal to many. Fruit forward, well balanced, nice finish on the back end, this wine has appeal. As you know we have many wines on our list, at all price points, and I am confident that we have a wine that will work for you.

This is obviously my last email to you this year, and I want to thank you all for the support and friendship that you have extended to us all these many years. It is always amazing to me how quickly the years seem to pass, and each year they somehow seem to go faster than the year before. (What’s up with that?) We are both grateful and fortunate to be here, and without your support we clearly would not be so fortunate. Thank you sincerely, and I want to wish you all a most safe and Happy New Year. Take care.

Ciao

Greetings!

The big day is almost here. The stockings are hung, our homes are festive, the little ones (and some of us big ones as well!) are getting excited, I’m sure Santa’s workshop is even busier than our kitchen (although hard to believe, just saying), and with luck we might even have a white Christmas this year. I bet you have been busy, preparing everything so that all goes well, including the wonderful meals you are planning this weekend. Why don’t you give yourselves a break, take a breather and come join us for some fine food & wine this weekend. We will be featuring Beef Funghetto, Bay of Fundy Salmon (which we all know is all so good for you!) and a little bit of Lemon Sole. We would love to see you and toast the Holidays, so consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board, it has finally happened, Locations E has joined the party. “E” is one of the “Alphabet” wines created by Dave Phinney, the noted winemaker behind such wines as The Prisoner, Abstract, Palermo, Papillon, Saldo (all of which we have on our wine list) and others, and each wine hails from a specific country and features grapes from that region. In this case, “E” stands for Spain, as in Espana, and

the wine is made from Tempranillo, among the signature grapes of Spain. This wine offers fruit, balance and a medium body, just a delicious wine, and is my favorite of all his “Alphabet” wines.

For many reasons, this time of year is a time to celebrate, and I suggest you consider treating yourselves to a wonderful wine to enjoy this season. We have many such wines, and among the wines I have enjoyed recently are some of the Brunellos we have, as well as the red Italian wine Gratius, which I am expecting a shipment of tomorrow. These wines are 100% Sangiovese, among the best wines anywhere to have with food, and which work very well with our menu. These wines are not inexpensive, but they are worth it, as are you, so treat yourselves. Just a thought.

All kidding aside, and the material aspects of the season notwithstanding, this time of year is about more than what presents you will receive. It is a time of thanksgiving, of joy, of peace & harmony, of respect, courtesy & honor, and a time of love. May all of these be with you, and with all of us who share this world together, this weekend, this Christmas and throughout the year. Thank you for all your support, and Peace be with you. Take care.

Ciao

P.S. A personal note, if I may. As may be true for some of you, unfortunately, some friends of mine have become ill this time of year, and I want to wish them good health and a speedy recovery, hopefully to enjoy the Holidays with their families. Take care, Billy & Phil, and to everyone recovering from an illness.

Greetings!

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 &…..you 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.

Ciao

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