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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

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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!

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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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Greetings,

Ahhh, sometimes one looks fondly on the “good old days”, like last week when the temps were warm but not brutal. Today, and yesterday, and probably tomorrow as well, brutal seems to be making a comeback. Some might even suggest it’s too hot to cook. But alas, perhaps to the chagrin of our cooking crew, we will be cooking this weekend at Fratello’s, preparing some nice specials so you can keep your kitchen cool. Like St. Louis Ribs, Copper River Sockeye Salmon, and Jumbo Sea Scallops. No need to warm up your home, come join us this weekend, we’d love to see ya’!

The wine front has been rather tame during this holiday week, and we continue to feature the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend for Sonoma by Ferrari-Carano, Siena, the red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, and the red from Italy, Vino Rosso di Montepulciano, a medium bodied red that works well with our menu. When it is hot out during the summer I often turn to a Rose to enjoy with a meal, and we have several Roses on hand for you to enjoy. Keep in mind that although a rose is a pink wine it is not a sweet wine. The roses we have on our wine list are from France, and they are all dry wines and to my mind perfect for the summer. Just a thought. Among the fun things about enjoying wines is trying something new, perhaps away from your comfort zone. I urge you to give them a try.

I hope you are staying cool during these warm days. Thanks for your continued support, hot days or not. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings,

Now this is the kind of summer I like. Warm, yes, but not brutal. Our kitchen is still toasty, but does not feel like you are operating inside an oven, as it did just a few days ago. But that’s our problem, and we plan on offering you, toasty or not, fine food and, bien sur, wine. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Pilot Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass and Ivory King Salmon, which we all know is all so good for you. And we will also be featuring some Veal & Shrimp & Chicken & Clams & Mussels & Eggplant & Pasta &….I know it’s a special weekend coming up, with some of you traveling and maybe having a cookout or two, but we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board, along with the Cab from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend, Siena, from Ferrari-Carano, we continue to offer the Italian red from Montepulciano, Rosso, and the red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, which is nearly gone. In the wings await a red from Piedmont and I plan on bringing back the excellent red blend from Jax, Y3 Taureau. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel and was very well received on its first time on the feature board. The goal of the vineyard is to produce an approachable, everyday drinking wine with quality fruit that is very food friendly. On this they are successful. All these wines offer both quality and value, and I urge you to try them. As I said before, I am a big fan of wines from Portugal, so I urge you again to try them, be it the Confidencial on the feature board or the other three reds from Portugal on our wine list.

We want to wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July. Thanks for your continued support, it is both humbling and gratifying. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

P.S. How about the Tribe!!

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Greetings,

Boy, what a week it’s been, non? Starting with last Sunday, a day that will forever be remembered around these parts, leading up to that amazing parade yesterday. Definitely one for the ages (although let’s hope that we don’t have to wait so long for another parade). And I suggest we keep all the good vibes going all weekend, like, maybe, heading out to celebrate with some fine food & wine. Which it just so happens that we will providing this weekend, when we will be featuring Prestige Pork Chops, Uku Fish from Hawaii and fresh Lemon Sole from the Atlantic. And we will be here all weekend to celebrate with you. Join us, we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board the Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, is nearly gone, with only a few bottles left, but our supply of the excellent red from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, is still okay. I urge you to try this wine. It has excellent fruit, medium body, very tasty either with food or by itself. As I mentioned last week, I am a fan of wines from both Portugal and Spain and we have offerings from both countries on our list. When Persnickety is gone I have several wines from Italy to join the program, one from Piedmont and one from Umbria, so fear not that we will run out of wines for you to enjoy. As I have often commented, I am confident that we have a wine for you to enjoy at Fratello’s.

I hope you are well and remaining cool in these humid times we find ourselves in. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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

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Greetings,

I knew it was too good to last. I love those cooler nights and days, the kind where air conditioning is not really needed. Today, not so much, it’s the kind of day where I am very glad I have AC. And it looks like more of the same is headed our way, with some rain (hopefully). But we try to keep it cool here at Fratello’s, at least in the dining room, so don’t heat up your kitchens, come join us! We will be featuring this weekend Certified Angus Beef Porterhouse Steak, Alaskan King Salmon, and Mako Shark from Hawaii. We will be here, and would love to see ya’!

On our wine board I have formally added the Pinot Noir from Oregon I mentioned last week, Persnickety. The wine gets its name because the Pinot Noir grape can be picky and fussy, unpredictable and difficult to grow and to vinify, and their goal is to make a “really good” bottle of wine that doesn’t cost $50 or more. I think they have succeeded. This Oregon Pinot is aged in French oak and is bold and rich, with ripe raspberries and decent tannins on the palate. It is very inexpensive for a Pinot, especially from Oregon, of this quality. I have also brought back the red blend from Portugal, Confidencial Reserve, to our list. This wine is medium to full bodied, very well balanced with smooth tannins and decent acidity. A blend of 10 different national (i.e. Portugese) and international varietals, this wine works very well with our menu. While on the topic, I urge you to consider wines from Portugal when selecting a wine to enjoy with your dinner, wherever that might be
(hopefully here, just saying). I think wines from the Iberian peninsula, meaning Portugal and Spain, offer among the best value in today’s wine world, and they work very well with our menu. We have wines from both countries on our list, so give them a try.

I hope you are staying cool and are well, and are enjoying the last days of spring. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. GO CAVS!!!!

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Greetings,

If this is how our summer is going to roll sign me up. I love the warm but not too hot days, the nights you can sleep without needing the air on, all good. But one thing, hot, humid, mild or cold, one has to eat, non? Well, we at Fratello’s are here for you. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Piedmontese Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Atlantic Halibut and, in part by popular demand, Jumbo Sea Scallops. This weekend looks primo to head out for some fine food & wine, so we hope to see you. We’ll be here, come keep us company.

I have added a wine to our feature board that I think you will like. The Jax Y3 Taureau is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel from a Calistoga vintner I respect. It is an approachable, everyday drinking wine with excellent fruit, good color, and very food friendly. All for $28/bottle. I also plan to add to the board a new Pinot Noir from Oregon, Persnickety, room permitting, which is a Willamette Valley Pinot at an affordable rate. A Pinot loving friend of mine gave me a thumbs up, which matches my thoughts on the wine, so you ought to try it. Pinot Noir from Oregon, as I have told you before, more matches Pinot Noir from France, which is its ancestral home, more than Pinot Noir from California does. This is no knock on Californian Pinot, which I love and we have several to choose from on our wine list, but Pinot from Oregon is exceptional. We have several Oregon Pinot Noirs on our list as well. Some of you, a dear friend of mine for instance, turn
their noses up at Pinot Noir, but I urge you to give them a chance. They are wonderful food wines, perhaps not with hearty meals such as steaks, but work well with some seafood and poultry, and are excellent on their own. There is a world of wine out there, go exploring.

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

Ciao

P.S. HOW ABOUT THOSE CAVS!!!!

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