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

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Weekend Specials

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Chicken Fratello for Lunch

Greetings!

We hope you all enjoyed a most enjoyable, delicious and Happy Thanksgiving, and a safe one for those of you who had to journey home last night after the feast. I suspect your tummies and refrigerators are full, you might be somewhat exhausted from the festivities of yesterday, and might be wondering what are you going to do today. Well, I say, it is time for Italian! (Some surprise!) As in food, and no, I am not talking about tetrazzini, as good as that can be. No, mes amis, I refer to such luscious offerings as Certified Angus Beef Flank Steak, Wild Stripped Bass and fresh Halibut from the Atlantic, all of which will be featured this very evening at Fratello’s. And items such as Parmigiana of the Veal, Chicken and Eggplant variety, Fratello such as the Veal and Shrimp and Chicken and Artichoke variety, Saltimbocca as with Veal, Rollotini as with Chicken or Eggplant, Calamari, Clams & Mussels, Pasta……If it fits in your schedule, we’d love to see ya’! Give your kitchen a break, use ours.

As for wine, we continue to offer the Cabernet/Syrah blend from California, Reckless Love, on our feature board, where it joins such tenured members of the feature board club as the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the Spanish red blend made by a guy from California, “E”, and the very tasty after all these months Sangiovese blend from Ferrari-Carano, Siena. We have offered these wines for some time now by the bottle or by the glass, but I keep them because they are that good and continue to be very well received. But I do have other wines waiting in the wings, including some Pinot Noir from California, a Garnacha from Spain, and a wine from Argentina. Last week I mentioned the red blend from California, Machete, which is also made by the guy behind “E”, Dave Phinney. This wine earned a 93 and top 100 rating by the Wine Spectator in their most recent edition, and I am told that the supply is now sold out. Our supply is okay for now, but I urge you to consider this wine. Not inexpensive, but a very good wine, as are all the wines that Mr. Phinney makes. Just a thought.

As always I want to thank you for your continued support. Remember to consider joining us this New Year’s Eve for our 5:30, 7:30 or 9:30 seatings. Call, do not email, for a reservation.

Lastly, in the spirit of the times, I want to say how thankful we at Fratello’s are for many, many things. We are very thankful for your support which has maintained us for 22 years this coming December, and we are thankful for the health which has enabled us to shoulder on all these 22 years. And I personally am very thankful for the staff that we have to make all this happen, many of whom have been with us many, many years. Some since the beginning! And we are very thankful for the relationships we have been able to develop with many of you, who have become friends as well as clients. Thank you all.

We hope you are warm and well, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

This winter sure has been a wild ride. It looks like we are going to be on the plus side soon, meaning above average temps for a change. Hallelujah! Look on the bright side, the days are longer – and will be much longer after this weekend! – the sun seems warmer, golf is on the tube again, baseball is soon coming back, we are on our way. Now I know it is the Lenten season, and that some of you observe the traditions, but remember that we always have fresh seafood on weekends. Like this very weekend, when we will be featuring Golden Tile Fish from Massachusetts and North Atlantic Halibut, with the many other non-meat entrees we offer, such as shrimp and clams and mussels and eggplant and pasta and cod and…And for you carnivores out there, this weekend we will be featuring Berkshire Farms “Karabuta” Pork Chops, along with Veal Saltimbocca and Veal Fratello and Chicken Rollo and Chicken Rocco and Veal Fratello and Chicken Fratello and…We’d love to see ya’!

I have added a new Italian red wine to our feature board , the 2010 “Lucilla” Toscana Rosso, which is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot. An excellent wine rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate, this “Super Tuscan” style wine is very good with our menu. It is the second of several Sangiovese based blends that I intend to add to our feature program. I also received an affordable Amarone from Accordini Igino, Le Bessole, which is available but not yet on our wine list. This 92 point rated wine by Wine Enthusiast is very limited, and we are able to offer it at $46/bottle, which is inexpensive for a quality Amarone. Lastly, I hope to receive some very good Shiraz from Australia this weekend t add to our wine list that you will enjoy. One is inexpensive and the other is amazing but more costly, ask me about them if you mosey in.

Thank you for all your support during these frigid months. We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Well, it seemed a little better this week. Certainly warmer, but where were the 50+ temps I was expecting? And to top it off, I hear cold days will be upon us again soon, as in next week. I have even heard the dreaded “PV” mentioned, which we unfortunately learned this year refers to a “polar vortex”. It’s enough to make your head spin, or at least for some consistency, please. Well, how about some good food and wine to help you through these troubled times? Take this weekend, when we at Fratello’s will be featuring Ohio raised Rib Eye Steaks, Arctic Char, and North Atlantic Halibut. In my experience good food, wine and company always seems to help, so remember, we are here for you.

The cold also seems to have taken its toll on the wine industry, so the wines on our feature board have not changed. No that this is a bad thing, as these wines are all very good, including the Cabernet from Joel Gott, the red Spanish blend from Locations “E”, and the trio of Italian wines from Sicily, Tuscany and Piedmont. I have other Italian wines that will be featured soon, and I urge you to peruse our wine list which has wines from all over the world, including Italy, France, Spain, California, Oregon, Washington, Chile, Argentine, Germany and Australia (and I may have left some countries out, sorry). Just ask and we’d be happy to help you find a wine that works for you.

Thanks for your continued support and friendship, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you son.

Ciao

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

After weeks of weather adventures, so to speak, it looks like we’re back to ho-hum Ohio winter weather. Not that I’m complaining (well, sort of), and let’s hope we never hear the term “polar vortex”again, but you know what I mean. But I say, to heck with another “ho-hum” weekend, it’s time to go out and treat yourselves to a good meal, some good wine, and good companionship! And I bet you’re surprised, but I have an idea of where you might go for such a culinary adventure. Why it’s Fratello’s, where we will be featuring this very weekend Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Sable Fish from Alaska, and Grouper Cheeks. Oh, and we will probably have some veal and shrimp and calamari and clams and mussels and chicken and pasta and beer and wine and spirits and…

I have added a Montepulciano D’Abruzzo to our feature board, which is the little brother to the Montepulciano, San Zopito, which is on our wine list. The grape in this wine is 100% Montepulciano, and offers medium body, soft tannins and good balance. The wine sheets suggest that the wine has “sweet fragrances of vanilla, blackberries, chocolate, cinnamon, liquorice and pepper, with hints of mint and rosemary”, but I say it is a decent tasting wine that works with our menu at an affordable price. It joins the Cab from Joel Gott, the Locations “E” and Nero D’Avola from Italy. I have also added a new beer to our tap, Ranger IPA from the New Belgium Brewing Company from Colorado. This is a hoppier beer from a brewing company new to our market, with a ABV of 6.5%. IPA’s are very popular now, and New Belgium is a respected brewer, so give it a try.

Thanks for your continued support, no matter the season. It is very much appreciated. We hope to see you soon. Take care.

Ciao

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