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.
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.
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.
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.
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’!
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.
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.
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.
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.