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Crazy times we live in, non? Now I know this can apply to many things these days, especially this year (if you know what I mean), but I’m thinking of going from wicked cold to nearly 40 degrees in a day or so, and then, they say, returning to the teens again on Monday. A little consistency would be nice. Like, for instance, what we try to do here at Fratello’s with our food & wine & service &…, well, with everything. Take this weekend, when we will be offering as specials Mahi-mahi from Hawaii, Swordfish and Certified Angus Beef Flat Iron Steak. We hope you have a chance to join us, we’d love to see ya’!

A few wine thoughts to share with you. On our wine board we have a few bottles left of the Cabernet blend from Argentina, Finca Libertad, which is on the bigger body side and perhaps more in the style of an old world wine rather than a fruit bomb from the new world. The Cabernet blend from Washington from Revelry, The Reveler, has officially joined the board, and this red blend does show more fruit that does the Argentine wine yet also offers body, structure and substance. I have mentioned this vineyard before, and I am very impressed with their efforts. Revelry also makes an excellent Syrah which we have on our wine list, and it is among the best Syrahs I have ever tasted. I have also added a few bottles of a Grenache by Revelry, which has attracted excellent reviews. Both of these wines are “*” wines, but worth the cost. Lastly, I also want to mention the Pinot Noir from Maysara which we have on our list. Now I know that some of you are perhaps not that keen on Pinot Noir,
but I urge you to enlarge your tent and try it. This wine from Oregon is excellent, and Maysara was considered the best Pinot in a tasting the New York Times had recently of Oregon Pinot Noirs. I have visited this vineyard and was very impressed with their efforts and the way they run their business, professionally and the way they treat the environment and their employees. We have two Pinot Noir wines from Maysara on our list, and a Pinot Gris as well. Try them, I think you will be impressed.

We hope you are well and into the swing of things for 2016, and we hope to see you soon. Thank you for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

Ciao

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Welcome to 2016! I know I have said as such to many of my readers, but not to all, and as this is my first email of the new year I thought a welcome was appropriate. I trust you made it through the rush of the Holidays and the New Year’s festivities relatively intact, as have we (emphasis, though, on “relatively”), and for me there is no better way to start the new year than with treating yourselves to some good food & wine. Like, say, at Fratello’s, when this weekend we will be featuring Pilot Rack of Lamb, Silk Snapper from Florida and Black Bass. We hope you have a chance to mosey over, we’d love to see ya’!

I have added a Cabernet blend from Argentine to our wine feature board, Finca Libertad, which addresses the question whether there are red wines other than Malbec from Argentina. Medium to full bodied with abundant fruit, this wine has both balance and substance and will stand up well to food, such as our veal or chicken or the Pilot Rack of Lamb. I also plan by way of contrast to add to the board a Cabernet blend from Washington state called The Reveler. We have featured this wine before, and I am a big fan of this Washington vineyard. We have on our wine list a very full bodied and excellent Syrah from this vineyard, which is among my favorite wines I tasted last year. The Reveler is more value orientated and offers excellent fruit typical of the region, but not at the sacrifice of balance and body. Both of these wines are very good and I think you will enjoy them.

I do not know if you have noticed, but the days are getting longer now, as the song goes, and we all know this winter has not been too rough thus far (hopefully not the kiss of death, if you know what I mean). Let us all be optimistic as we start the New Year, just remember that we are here for you. Thanks for all your support, and thanks to those of you who helped us kick in the year on New Year’s Eve. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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The New Year is fast approaching, and as I write this we are prepping and trying to get prepared for the big night. Which is kind of a big night in our business. FYI we will be closed on New Year’s Day, but will be here for business as usual on Saturday, January 2nd. We will be offering specials that evening, but they depend on what happens tonight, and what if anything we can have delivered on Saturday. Of course, our regular menu will be available, as well as some wine and beer and spirits and…I know the next two evenings can be rather festive, but would love to see you this weekend as we welcome in the New Year.

I want to thank you for your continued support and friendship you have extended to us all these many years. As you know we recently concluded our 23rd year in operation, and it was way back in 1992 that my brother and I decided to make a go of a small Italian restaurant in Avon Lake. In that span there have been good years, and not so good years, but with your support and the help of our wonderful staff we have made it thus far, with plans to carry on for many more. It is very much appreciated. On behalf of the entire Fratello’s family, present and past, I want to wish you a most Happy and Safe New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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It is hard to believe that this weekend is the last before Christmas, non? As the song goes, where has all the time gone? But the calendar doesn’t lie, and I bet many of you are beyond busy getting ready for the big day and preparing to spend time with family and friends. For our part we are here and doing our thing, and would love to see you this weekend, if only so that we could wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. But if you are interested in dinner, which will be available as well, we will be featuring North Atlantic Haddock, Jumbo Sea Scallops and Baseball Top Sirloins. Oh, and there will probably also be some wine and spirits and beer and shrimp and veal and pasta and eggplant and chicken and clams and mussels and calamari and…..we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board we continue to feature the Monastrell/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Spain, Fuerza, which has been well received this past week since we added it to the board. I continue to feature the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Zinfandel from Motto, and the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carona, Siena. Several of these wines have been with us for awhile, like the Joel Gott and Siena, and I keep them because they offer quality and value for you. Plus they work well with our menu. Remember that our wine list offers wines from throughout the world, from California, Washington and Oregon to France, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Germany, Argentina and of course Italy. As I have said before, I am confident that we have a wine that will work for you.

Today, December 17th, marks an anniversary for us in that 23 years ago today we had our trial run in business, which worked out pretty well as we are still here 23 years later and counting. We could not have been here without your support, friendship and kindness and we are truly grateful. This time of year can be hectic and stressful, as I am sure you well know, but above all it is a time of joy and gratitude. We want to wish you a very peaceful and joyous Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.

Ciao

P.S. As in the past 23 years, we will not be open on Christmas or Christmas Eve, although we will be here on a limited basis for catering requests on the 24th. Merry Christmas!

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Boy, it has been some December so far, non? It just does not seem that Christmas is only two weeks away, at least by looking outside and the weather and all. I’m all for it – keep the shovels in the garage where they belong. But temps notwithstanding, it is the Holiday Season, and we are prepped and ready to help you celebrate. Like this weekend, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Strip Steaks, Barramundi Fish from New Zealand, and Corvina Fish from the Carolinas. I know this can be a busy and hectic time of year, but we hope you have time to pay us a visit. We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new Spanish wine to our wine board from Fuerza which is a blend of Monastrell, known elsewhere as Mourvedre, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a nice drinking wine, with structure, fruit and even a bit of elegance. Highly rated by the wine press, including a 90 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this wine represents quality at a very good value. For those who are interested, we also received this week a long delayed shipment of Dornfelder, which to those of you who do not know is a slightly sweet red wine from Germany. The wine is served chilled, and while it is definitely sweet it is not cloyingly sweet, if you know what I mean. The distributor was shorted hundreds of cases on his order from Germany, but we were able to get some. So for now we are in stock, and should be for the near future. And yes, I have ordered more.

We hope you are well and not too stressed by the season, and we are grateful for your support. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Fratello’s Wine Club News

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I am pleased to announce the initial release of the Fratello’s Wine Club. Over the past several weeks I have tasted wines from a number of wine distributors, and have been offered lists and notes on a number of other wines, some of which I plan to include in further club selections. I have chosen three wines from very different wine regions, a wine from Spain, one from California, and a wine from Italy, which I thought was appropriate given that we are an Italian restaurant. I tasted the wines this past weekend with dinner with my family and they worked very well with our meal, which is a primary metric I use in selecting wines for you to enjoy. The wines continued to drink well the day after our meal with another dinner, and I hope you enjoy them. The wine will be available for pick up starting on Friday evening, December 11th, and thereafter any day that you are available to pick them up. The cost is just slightly more than my target range, totaling $123.97, which with tax
owed to the state gives a grand total of $132.03. In addition, the $40 one time cost of your wine bag will be added to your total which will be billed tomorrow, giving a final total of $172.03. The wine bag will be given you when you pick up your wines.

Now, the wines. The first wine is a 2012 Garnacha from Alto Moncayo from Spain, Veraton. This wine comes from the Campo de Borja region from Aragon, which is in north central Spain. The vineyard is in a very arid part of Spain in sight of the Pyrenees mountains to the north, and the vineyard has very stony soil with a very deep root system. Veraton is the third wine of Alto Moncayo, and comes from vines that 30 to 50 years old. Their other two wines comes from successively older vines, and I have tried their second wine which is excellent, and may be a candidate for a further club release. Garnacha along with Tempranillo are the two major grape varietals from Spain, and this wine has beautiful color, a pleasant mouth feel, and excellent fruit. The wine, which is aged 16 months prior to release, offers soft, not harsh, tannins and a full, lingering finish. It has also received very good reviews from the wine press, including a rating of 93 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. I
am a big fan of this wine, and I hope you enjoy it.

The second wine is a Merlot from the Miner Family Winery from Napa Valley, California. In my view Merlot is a grape varietal which has been unfairly maligned in recent years and is worthy of both more respect and attention. This 2010 vintage is from the Stagecoach Vineyard, which is situated along an old stagecoach trail in volcanic soils on the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation of Napa. The wine is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, and offers moderate to full fruit in its nose, ripe cherry notes, fine tannins and a lengthy finish. This is a smooth tasting wine, fruit forward, and typical of fine Merlot from Napa. It just might make you a fan of Merlot again, or perhaps for the first time.

The third wine is a 2006 Barbaresco Riserva from Rivetti Massimo. Barbaresco is a 100% Nebbiolo grape varietal, and is grown around the village of Barbaresco in Piedmont in northwest Italy. Rivetti Massimo is located in the township of Neive, and this wine comes from their Serraboella vineyard, which is well suited for excellent Nebbiolo. I had lunch recently with Davide Rivetti, one of the younger generation of this family which has five generations of history in the wine business, and I was very impressed with the attention to detail the family makes in crafting their wines. They pay meticulous attention to every step in the process, especially with respect to the environment. They harvest by hand and use only organic fertilizers, very low amounts of sulfites, and strive to keep the wines as natural as possible. In fact this vineyard will be certified as organic in 2016. They use Slovenian oak barrels and then French “barrique” oak barrels, taking a page from the renowned
Barbaresco producer Angelo Gaja, and the wine offers balance, structure, body and finesse. Barbaresco offers perhaps a more nuanced and perhaps even a more “feminine” side to Nebbiolo, but what Barbaresco, and for that matter its bigger cousin, Barolo, offers to me is elegance. This is a well crafted wine that will be excellent with your meal. This is not a huge bodied Cabernet, rather it is rounded, a bit softer yet not a lightweight, and, again, elegance. Nebbiolo is a grape that should be on everybody’s radar, and now it may be on yours.

In closing, I want to thank you for your support for Fratello’s and your faith in joining the Wine Club. I want to finish with a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who would be high on my list of historical dinner companions, who said “wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy”. I say “here, here”, I hope you enjoy these wines, and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

Ciao

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It kind of looks as if winter wants to pay us a visit today. I know it could be much worse – this is Northeast Ohio after all – but I was getting used to the more balmy type of November and now December weather. But there is a rumor that the temps might be heading upward again soon, like by this Sunday. To this I say HOORAY, but I guess we have to take our licks, so to speak, until then. To that end we are offering you a Black & Blue weekend coming up, starting tomorrow, when we will be featuring for dinner Black Grouper & Blue Marlin for you to enjoy, plus Piedmontese Boneless Beef Short Ribs. Whatever happens outside, good or bad or in between, we will be here for you, and we’d love to see ya’!

On our wine board our supply of the Bordeaux red from Chateau Le Bourdieu is running low, but fear not as I have other wines just waiting to join the board. These include wines from Argentina and several from Spain, which as I have told you often are very good values in addition to being very good. I have also tasted and plan to add to our wine list an Italian red blend from Tuscany, actually from the Bolgheri region. This wine is a so called Super Tuscan from Tenuta Argentiera, Poggio ai Ginepri, and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This part of Tuscany is known for their red blends of Bordeaux varietal grapes, and some of the finest wines from Tuscany hail from this region. Many of these wines tend to be on the expensive side, but this offering is much more of a value in addition to being very good. It may not make it to our list by this weekend, but I urge you to try it. Just ask us. Remember, we have a bit of juice on hand here, and I bet
we can match you up with a wine that works for you.

Our plans for New Year’s Eve continue to develop, and at this point our seating for both 5:30 and 7:30 are on a wait list. The last seating at 9:30 still has availability. Remember that I personally confirm every reservation, and it is not uncommon to have cancellations prior to and even on New Year’s Eve. Thanks to all of you who have signed up already, and to those of you who may be interested I will do my best to get you in. Just call, do not email.

It is now officially (for me anyways) the Christmas & Holiday Season, and as with the Thanksgiving Holiday just concluded, it compels me to take stock of and thanks for all my blessings. You, our public, figure prominently into this, and we are very grateful for your support. We hope you are well and do not get too frenzied with the holiday rush, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

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Whew, as Yoda might say, pretty stuffed I am. I bet the same is true for many of you as well. We are all very fortunate, certainly some more than others, but I bet we all have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving evening. But, alas, tomorrow is another day (as Scarlett might say), and as with every day will present a whole new set of challenges for us. Like, for instance, what to do for dinner. Many of us have spent too much time in our own kitchens today, so why not let us do the cooking for you this weekend. We will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Lemon Sole and Mahi-mahi, fresh from Hawaii. I know it might be a stretch to consider another meal at this point, but one has to eat, and we sure would love to see ya’. Take a break from “Black Friday”, and join us for “Tasty Friday” at Fratello’s. Who knows, maybe we can start a new tradition!

Our wine board continues to feature the Cab from Joel Gott from California, the Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena, the Zinfandel from California via Washington, Motto, and the Bordeaux from Chateau Le Bourdieu, which is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet & Merlot. We have wines from Argentina waiting in the wings for their time on the board, and a California entry as well. Come join us for a glass, or a bottle. Remember, one can always take their unfinished wine home with them. Just ask us.

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

It is Thanksgiving evening as I write this, and on such an evening I for my part consider all that I am thankful for, as I’m sure we all do in our own way. Family comes to mind, as does health (hopefully!), our wonderful (mostly) staff, and of course you, our loyal patrons without whom we would not be here. Thank you all, we hope you are well, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Fratello’s
32085 Electric Blvd.
Avon Lake, OH 44012

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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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