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Nuts, it looks like our run of good luck, at least weather wise, is about to end. I hope I’m wrong, but it looks like we’re about to have a change our way. I even heard the dreaded “S” word mentioned. But you know cooler temps are actually good for something, well, actually many things. But what I’m thinking about now is how good well prepared food & wine go with cooler weather. Like, say, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be preparing Pork Tenderloin, Haddock and Arctic Char for your dining pleasure, in addition to some Veal & Shrimp & Clams & Mussels & Calamari & Eggplant & Chicken & Pasta & Artichokes &…. It might be cooler but not too extreme out, and we’d love to see ya’!

The Bordeaux red wine from Chateau Le Bourdieu went very well on our feature board, such that I bought another case for you to enjoy. This wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the two major grapes of Bordeaux, and provide an introduction to among the most famous and renowned wine regions of the world. The Black Blend Red Zinfandel blend is nearly gone, but it will be followed by a Zinfandel made with grapes sourced from across California, Motto. Although a California wine, it is actually made in Washington, and there is a link to the winemaker at Chateau St. Michel. Fruit forward, dark and bold, this is a nice wine to enjoy anytime, but especially when a bit on the cool side. I tasted this wine when exploring options for the Fratello’s Wine Club, and I am planning for the first release in early December. Thanks to all of you who have joined, and although I expect the club to always welcome new members, only those who join prior to Thanksgiving will receive
the December release. Ask for details, I think it will be both fun and interesting, tasty too.

Remember that we have started to take reservations for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We have three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we take reservations for all size parties (i.e. even a deuce). It is always a good time, and we’d love for you to join us. Call – do not email – for a reservation.

As you well know, this week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and it compels me to consider all that I am thankful for. And it is especially poignant in light of recent events in Paris, actually throughout the world, which as an ardent Francophile has been very difficult for me. Certainly my family comes to mind, as do my staff, many of whom have been with us for a very long time, as many of you well know. And I am very grateful for you, our loyal patrons, who have supported us for over 22 years through both peaks and valleys. We all are very grateful, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

P.S. Just a heads up, we will not be open on Thanksgiving, we’ll all be with our “other” families. Take care, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Well, I guess it was too good to last. The Fall has been amazing thus far, warm & clear days, decent sleeping weather, just like we wish for every year but seldom get. Today, not so much, just a raw kind of day. Now we all know it sure could be worse – let’s hope not, at least not quite yet – but you know this kind of day is good for something. What, you might ask, and I would reply that these type of days are just about perfect to enjoy a nice, cozy meal and a tasty glass, or bottle, of wine. Like, for instance (surprise, surprise!) at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Boneless Beef Short Ribs, #1 Yellowfin Tuna, and fresh Halibut for your dining pleasure. We cannot do much about what is happening outside, but inside Fratello’s I think we can offer you a good time. We’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board as I mentioned last week I have added the Cabernet/Merlot blend from Bordeaux by Chateau Le Bourdieu, available by the bottle or by the glass. This wine is a 50/50 blend, so one could just as well say it is a Merlot/Cabernet blend, and it offers a taste of Bordeaux at a very reasonable price point. This wine joins the Cab from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese based blend, Siena, from Ferrari-Carano, and the Zinfandel blend from Lodi from Rare Breed, Black Blend. And if these don’t tempt you I am confident we have something on our list you would enjoy. Remember, one can always take your wine home if you do not finish it at the restaurant.

The newly established Fratello’s Wine Club is alive and well and open for membership, which a number of you, our loyal patrons, have joined already. To recap the details, I will choose three bottles of wine three or four times a year that you will pick up at the restaurant. The wines will be mostly red but there will be whites and roses as well, depending on what I taste, and they will not be limited by geography, country or varietal. I can give you more details at the restaurant, and one can join any time, but one must join by Thanksgiving to receive the first release, planned for early December. I think it will be a lot of fun, and interesting as well as we proceed. Thanks to all of you who have joined already!

Remember that we have started to take reservations for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We have three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we take reservations for all size parties (i.e. even a deuce). It is always a good time, and we’d love for you to join us. Call – do not email – for a reservation.

Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Hasn’t the weather been just wonderful recently? The kind of days that you want to bottle up and save for a few months down the road. Ahhh, wishful thinking, non? But things change, as we all know, and rumor has it that more seasonable temps are in our near future (i.e. tomorrow). But do not despair, such days are perfect to head out for some fine food & wine. For our part we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steak, Wild Black Grouper from the South Atlantic, and Monchong Fish from the waters off Hawaii. Consider joining us, we’d love to see ya’!

These days leading up to Thanksgiving (which seems this year to be coming on pretty fast, at least to me) are a little slow in the wine trade, and for our part we continue to feature on our wine board the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Sangiovese blend from Sonoma from Ferrari-Carano, the Black Blend which is a Zinfandel blend from Lodi, and the Malbec blend from Cuvelier from Argentina. I do plan to bring out soon a wine from Bordeaux, which is priced to give one an idea what Bordeaux, among the most storied of wine regions anywhere, is all about. I have been tasting wines recently, and among the tastings was one with wines from Penfolds from Australia. The Shiraz Bin 28 is both very good and a very good value, perhaps the least expensive Penfolds wine available, and we offer it on our wine list. I urge you to try it.

I want to share with you is that I have launched the Fratello’s Wine Club, and I am planning a target date for the initial release in early December. If you are interested I can discuss the details with you in the restaurant, but I am planning for releases three or four times a year, with each release being three bottles of wine. Although I expect most of the wines to be red, I also plan to include white and rose wines as well, and perhaps even sparkling. I think it will be a lot of fun and interesting, as it is when one drinks new wines (at least for me). Contact me at the restaurant for details if you are interested, but please not by email. I hope to hear from you.

Remember that we have started to take reservations for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We have three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we take reservations for all size parties (i.e. even a deuce). It is always a good time, and we’d love for you to join us. Call – do not email – for a reservation.

Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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I know that Halloween is fast upon us, but do you know what is truly scary about this weekend? No, not our beloved Browns, but that next week is November already! And I hear that the man with the white whiskers up north is getting things ready for the big day in December, which is less than two months away! As the song says, where has all the time gone? But what is definitely not scary is that this weekend we have some nice specials to tempt your palate at Fratello’s. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef New York Strip Steak, Swordfish and Lemon Sole for your dining pleasure. Remember that on Halloween there is still plenty of time after the trick or treaters are gone to come join us for some fine food and wine. We’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board our supply of the excellent Malbec blend from Argentina by Cuvelier Los Andes, Coleccion, is nearly gone, but our supply of Joel Gott Cabernet, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, and the Zinfandel blend from Lodi is still good. I plan to bring out a Bordeaux to join the board in the near future, and there are other wines awaiting their turn on the board.

The wine news I want to share with you is that I am preparing to launch a Fratello’s Wine Club in the very near future, with a target date for the initial release in early December. If you are interested I can discuss the details with you in the restaurant, but I am planning for releases three or four times a year, with each release being three bottles of wine. Although I expect most of the wines to be red, I also plan to include white and rose wines as well, and perhaps even sparkling. I think it will be a lot of fun and interesting, as it is when one drinks new wines (at least for me). Contact me at the restaurant for details if you are interested, but please not by email. I hope to hear from you.

Remember that we have started to take reservations for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We have three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we take reservations for all size parties (i.e. even a deuce). It is always a good time, and we’d love for you to join us. Call – do not email – for a reservation.

Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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It’s been kind of a roller-coaster recently, non? Sure, we have had some chilly nights recently, and after all it is October, but we have had some beautiful days as well. And it is not too bad out there right now. Just the weather I like – nice days, cool nights, just perfect for you know what. I know this could go many places, but I was thinking of heading out for some fine food & wine (you were too, non?). Like, say at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Halibut from the North Atlantic, and Arctic Char, also from the North Atlantic. Hope you can join us.

On our wine board I have added a wine from Argentina from Cuvelier Los Andes, Coleccion, which is a red blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. This Bordeaux style blend offers fruit and body, structure and style. I am very fond of this winery, and I have recently mentioned another of their wines which we have on our wine list, Grand Vin. Grand Vin is perhaps the finest wine I have tasted all summer, and the Coleccion is essentially a baby brother to the Grand Vin. I expect to add a Zinfandel from Lodi to the feature board this weekend, and waiting in the wings are wines from Bordeaux, France, and another wine from Argentina, this time a Cabernet blend with no Malbec. As I have said before, there is a lot of juice out there to enjoy, and we have a bunch on hand for you. Come have a glass, or bottle, with us.

As I mentioned above, we all know it is October now, even leaning towards the end of the month. And although I hate to jump the gun on seasons, preferring to enjoy where I am at, all things being equal the reality of winter is not too far off. So where I am going at is New Year’s Eve, which perhaps unfortunately will be here all too soon, so we have started to take reservations for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We have three seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we take reservations for all size parties (i.e. even a deuce). It is always a good time, and we’d love for you to join us. Call – do not email – for a reservation.

Thanks for all your support, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Nuts, it looks like our run of warm temps and decent weather is about to close, at least temporarily. It was good while it lasted, and my fingers are crossed that those days have not totally left us yet. But days like today – and what they tell us tomorrow & Saturday are going to be – are just perfect for you know what – fine Italian food & wine! And should you consider joining us at Fratello’s this weekend, just saying, we will be featuring Pork Belly, Hogsnapper Fish and Wild King Salmon, which you know is all so good for you. And guess what, these type of days work just as well for Veal Saltimbocca and Chicken Fratello and Shrimp Fratello and Chicken Sovina and Clams Casino and Calamari and Pasta Marinara and Veal Fratello and….

On our wine board we are still featuring the Cabernet blend from Revelry Vineyards from Washington, The Reveler, which joins the Cab from Joel Gott and the Sangiovese blend from Ferari Carano, Siena. Both of those latter two wines have been with us for some time now, and I continue to feature them because they provide both quality and value (i.e. I like ’em). In the wings I plan to bring out a Malbec blend from Argentina, and next week I hope to receive another wine from Argentina that also offers quality and value, this time in a Cabernet blend. I also hope to receive a new wine from Bordeaux, France, that I was able to taste recently. This wine is a blend of 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is a very good intro to the wonderful wines from this renowned wine region. Just ask, I am sure we can pair you with a wine that you will enjoy.

I want to thank everyone who joined us at our wine dinner last Sunday. The wines were excellent and the pairings Craig made with each course were spot on, perhaps the best wine dinner we have hosted thus far. Several of the wines we poured I plan to add to our wine program, they were that good. Thanks again to all attended.

Thanks to you all for your continued support. We hope you are well and adjusting to our new weather realities, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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I know we are in the Fall season, but isn’t it nice that it seems to be like Summer today? One could get used to this, non? Windows open, sun’s out, mostly clear day, all good. But alas we all know that things can change pretty quickly around here – sometimes too quickly – and what probably lies around the corner. But for now it is just perfect to take advantage of our good fortune and head out for some good food & wine. Like, just saying, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Maryland Wild Stripped Bass, Pacific Halibut and Beef Funghetto. We’d love to see you, so consider joining us.

On our wine board I have made a few changes. Shatter, the Grenache wine from France made by Californians Joel Gott & Dave Phinney, is getting very limited and we only have a few bottles left before I move on. I have added to our board the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc blend from Washington, The Reveler. I continue to be impressed with this vineyard and the wines produced in the northwest. Oregon is best known for their wonderful Pinot Noir, which is made in the style of wines from Burgundy, France, the real home of Pinot Noir, and we have several Pinots from Oregon on our wine list for you to enjoy. Washington is not Pinot country, better known for their Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah wines. We have wines from Washington for each of these varietals, and The Reveler is an excellent wine and a very good value. This vineyard also make a higher end Syrah which is also on our list by the bottle, and it is one of the best Syrahs I have ever tasted from this region. Give
them a try, I think you will be impressed.

Our Italian Wine Dinner featuring wines from Piedmont is this Sunday, and there is still room available if you wish to join us. Dinner starts at 6 and we should conclude by 8:30. Call me if you are interested in joining as we are in the final stages of our preparations – i.e. getting the food & wine. It should be a good time.

Thanks for all your continued support. We hope you are well and enjoying our good fortune outside, and perhaps will consider joining us inside this weekend. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Another beautiful day, non? One could get used to this weather. I mean, don’t days like this just scream heading out to enjoy the sun & temps, enjoying some fine food & wine in a local Italian restaurant? Well, it does for me. And I even have a restaurant in mind to enjoy said food & wine. (Surprise, surprise!!) This weekend at Fratello’s we will be featuring Pork Tenderloin, Mako Shark and Jumbo Sea Scallops, and as with every weekend, we will also be featuring Veal & Shrimp & Eggplant & Calamari & Clams & Mussels & Pasta & Chicken & ……………We’d love to see ya’!

As for wine, I want to again remind you that we are hosting an Italian Wine Dinner on Sunday, October 11th, starting at 6:00 in the evening. We are working with Claudio Salvadore from the Speciality Wine Company and we will featuring wines from Piedmont, including Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo from the acclaimed Cannubi vineyard. There will be food courses for each wine, and the cost for the dinner is $80/person, excluding taxes and gratuity. Call – do not email – for a reservation. It has been awhile since our last wine dinner, and they are both fun and informative. We hope you consider joining us.

Thanks for all your support. We hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Have you been outside recently, like today? Simply, utterly, undeniably beautiful, another day to bottle up and save for you know what is coming (hopefully, a long, long time coming!). Simply a perfect day to take your loved one, your significant other, your kids, your friends, heck, yourself, out for some good food & wine. And I have a place in mind, believe it or not (surprise!). How about joining us at Fratello’s this weekend, when we will be featuring Halibut, Skate Wing Fish, and Certified Angus Beef Texas Sirloin. Come celebrate our good fortune, weather wise and so many other ways, and satisfy your taste buds at the same time. We’d love to see ya’!

As for wine, I urge you to try the excellent Malbec blend from Cuvelier, Grand Vin, as well as the two recent wines from Michael Pozzan from Napa that have joined our wine program. The Red blend is a Syrah, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel blend that is delicious by itself or with our menu, and the Sailor’s Grave is a blend of Cabernet and Malbec and is on par with many Napa cabs that are many times its price. I am also fond of the Pinot Noir from Talbott, Kali Hart, which comes from Monterey. This wine is very fruit forward, typical of many California Pinots, and will be limited due to the sale of Talbott to one of the giant wine producers in California, which makes their status somewhat unclear. This is a tasty Pinot.

As I said last week, we are hosting an Italian wine dinner on Sunday, October 11th, starting at 6:00. We are working with Claudio from the Speciality Wine Company, and we expect to have a guest from Italy to discuss the wines. All of the wines are from the Piedmont region of Italy, and we plan to taste Arneis, a white wine, and the following red varietals, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Barbaresco, and a Barolo from the Canubi region. There will also be a dessert wine, as is our custom at our wine dinners. There will be a food course for each wine, and we are currently working on the menu. The cost is $80/person, excluding taxes and gratuity. These wine dinners are always fun and informative, especially with Claudio, and I urge you to consider joining us. Call – do not email – for a reservation at 440-933-3380. The dinners typically end around 8:30 or so, not too late, and we hope you can make it.

I hope you are enjoying the wonderful day Mother Nature has given us, and more importantly we hope you are well. Thanks for all your support, it is very humbling. Thank you, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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It looks like we’re going to get a break from the hot temps this weekend, thankfully. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the warm weather and summer, but the temps can get a little oppressive, if you know what I mean. At least in our kitchen it does. But this weekend is shaping up to be much more moderate, which to me (go figure!) means a great weekend to head out for some good food & wine. Our features will be Wahoo Fish from Hawaii, Haddock from the North Atlantic, and Beef Funghetto from the good ol’ USA. We hope you’re in the mood for some fine Italian cuisine, because that is exactly what we plan to prepare for your this weekend, and tonight, and next week, and next month, and…..

On the wine front, I urge you to try the Rosso di Montalcino from Domus Vitae that we continue to feature on our wine board. This Sangiovese wine from Italy is excellent either by the glass or with your dinner, and it pairs very well with our menu, especially the Marinara sauce. I also want to mention again some of the wines we received recently which are among my favorite wines this summer. The Red Blend from Michael Pozzan is a Napa Valley red blend of Syrah, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel and is simply a delicious wine. Lots of fruit, medium to full body, I urge you to try it. The Sailor’s Grave is a Cabernet blend also from Michael Pozzan, and it was my favorite wine at a recent wine tasting. It offers fruit, body and structure at a lesser price than other comparable Napa Cabernets. I also have a few bottles of a fine Pinot Noir from Monterey by Talbott, Kali Hart. This wine offers great fruit and color, very tasty. Lastly, the Grand Vin from Cuvelier from Argentina is among
the best wines i have tasted this entire year. A Malbec blend, this wine is exceptional and offers both quality and value. Give them a try!

The other wine news I want to share is that we are planning a wine dinner on Sunday, October 11, starting at 6:00 in the evening. This will be an Italian wine dinner featuring wines from the Piedmont section of northwest Italy, and the distributor I am working with is the Specialty Wine Company from Sandusky. Claudio from Specialty has been with us for several dinners in the past, and he is very entertaining, to say the least. We also expect to have on hand a representative from Italy who works with the wines we will be pouring. Piedmont is the home of the world famous Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, and we plan to pour each of these wines at the dinner. The cost is $80/per person, with tax and gratuity not included. Call – do not email – for a reservation at 440-933-3380, and we take reservations for all size parties. We have not hosted a wine dinner for some time, so we hope you can join us. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us.

Thanks for your continued support all these many years, it is very much appreciated. We hope you are well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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(440) 871-3054
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