Greetings!

Getting pretty chilly out, non? I have heard the dreaded “s” word mentioned – you know, not “sun”, that other 4 letter “s” word. You know what I’m thinking, right? But this time of year is perfect to cozy yourself with some warm, comforting food & wine, just like what we try to provide you with at Fratello’s. Take this weekend, for instance, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak, Arctic Char (which we all know is so good for you) and Chilean Sea Bass, which has its admirers (you know who you are). Come join us, the heat’s on, I replaced the equipment that went down last week, the corkscrews are primed, everything should arrive fresh tomorrow, all we’ll need is you. Hope to see ya’!

In our wine world the Grenache from Treasure Hunter, Cosmic Karma, is nearing the end of its run, but as I mentioned last week, I have another Treasure Hunter waiting off stage to join the performance. The Cabernet from Washington is my favorite of all Treasure Hunter wines I have ever tried, and I stocked up so our supply should be decent. It should join the board this weekend. The other Cabernet on the board is from Italy, to be more specific from Bolgheri on the west coast of Tuscany, and this inexpensive wine gives you a sense of the wines from this important wine region known for their Cabernet and Cab blended wines. It is an old world type of Cabernet – think of Bordeaux rather than Napa – and works well with our menu. Come enjoy some wine with us.

As I mentioned last week, I have started to take reservations for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. We take reservations for all size parties, unlike our normal procedures, with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30, and we serve our normal, weekend menu. Call – do not email – for a reservation. We have a good time and have always sold out in advance, so consider joining us.

We hope you are well and warm, but if not come join us and we’ll do our part to warm you up. Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Take care.

Ciao

Weekend Specials, 1-24-14

Greetings!

Well, look on the bright side. At least the days are longer. I know winter is but a month old, but it sure seems a lot older than that, if you know what I mean. Time to go, or at least with a touch less snow, and a little warmer would be nice too. But don’t despair, spring is but 2 months away (or at least it is supposed to be, but you know how it goes around here), and there is still some good food and wine to be had. Do not succumb to cabin fever, join us at Fratello’s this weekend, when we will be featuring Certified Angus Beef Delmonico or Rib-Eye Steaks, fresh Atlantic Halibut (first catch of the year!) and Jumbo Sea Scallops from our friends at New Bedford, MA. Remember, inside Fratello’s it can be whatever season you want it to be, so trek through the snow, join us inside and pretend it’s a lot warmer out, and enjoy a fine meal.

I have added a new wine from Italy to our feature board. Pegasus “Toscana” is a “Super” Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Syrah, soft and very approachable, medium bodied with bright acidity to work well with our menu. Only 220 cases of this wine were produced, so our supply is limited, but this is a very enjoyable wine. I have also added Conway Irish Ale to our taps. This is always one of my favorite brews from Great Lakes, and I know it’s early but St. Paddy’s Day will be here before you know it. Just a thought.

Thanks for all your support, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. It is very much appreciated. Be careful out there, and we hope to see you soon.

Ciao

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

I know it’s winter and all, but enough with the snow already. We had our white Christmas, all good, so now it’s time for the snow to go away, non? And it looks like the thermometer is going single digits on us soon. So what’s someone to do in face of all this wonderful news. Well I say, it’s time for a warm, comforting and excellent meal, along with a nice beverage to complement it. We might just have the ticket for you this weekend. We will be featuring Red Snapper, a little bit of Lemon Sole, and Certified Angus Beef Delmonico Steak. Oh, and I might have some wine available to accompany your meal. We’d love to see you help us start 2014 on the right note.

Speaking of wine, I continue to feature the excellent Malbec from Chakana on our board. This wine is medium to fuller bodied, with excellent fruit and balance and hits just the right notes for a cold, wintry evening. On our list I urge you to consider another bigger red that also works well in the winter, an Amarone from Zeni from the Veneto area of Italy. Amarone is related to Valpolicella but is much more extracted and a much bigger wine, and typically on the expensive side. This Amarone from Zeni, while not inexpensive, is at a much lower price point than the other Amarones on our list, and while perhaps not quite as massive a wine it is excellent and great this time of year. (For me, Amarone is always good, but I digress.) Remember, it is good to venture beyond your comfort zone with wines, and it is fun to try different wines.

Thanks to all of you who joined the festivities on New Year’s Eve, and I hope you all had a Happy and Safe New Year. Thanks for all you support, and here’s hoping 2014 is better for us all! Best regards, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

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Greetings!

Well, it’s not exactly swimming weather, but we like it. It makes the kitchen a much happier place to be. And it allows them to concentrate and prepare some tasty dishes for you to enjoy this weekend. Our features include Mong Chong – no, not a city in China, but a tasty fish – Halibut Cheeks – which should make you smile – and Pork Tenderloin, which hopefully needs no explanation. Except perhaps how we are going to prepare it for you, but we have to keep some secrets, at least until the weekend. And I expect them to prepare some veal and shrimp and calamari and chicken and eggplant and pasta and clams and mussels….for you to enjoy as well.

Our wine feature board continues to offer the excellent Cabernet from Joel Gott and the Locations “E” from Dave Phinney, and recently I have added the very good Tempranillo from Creta Roble, which is very good with our menu. This wine hails from Spain, which offers very good value for your wine dollar. We have several Spanish wines on our list, and I urge you to try them. The feature board also has a Sangiovese from Tuscany, a Morellino Di Scansano from Fattoria La Peschiera, which obviously is a good fit for Fratello’s, and a very good Pinot Noir from Chile, of all places, from Errazuriz, which is a well respected vineyard in Chile. I have often suggested that there is a lot of juice out there from all over the world to enjoy, and this Pinot fits this bill. The wine offers fruit and body, and seems as if it is from California. In the near future I will be offering a new feature from Italy, and I have in the wings another excellent Pinot from Oregon for you to enjoy. Stay tuned or ask me when you visit.

One other wine we are featuring is a white Chardonnay blend from California which is also made by Dave Phinney, Mannequin. This wine is somewhat allocated – meaning hard to get – and offers fruit and medium to full body with slight oak overtones. If you are a typical California Chardonnay fan this wine will work for you, and we are offering it at quite a discount, both by the bottle and by the glass. And speaking of Dave Phinney, as you know we offer a number of his wines, including “E”, “I”, Fittings, Abstract, Prisoner, Saldo and Palermo. I am expecting yet another of his wines to arrive today, Papillon, which is also highly allocated. This wine is a Cabernet blend, typically with the other Bordeaux varietals thrown in, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It is one of his signature and better wines, although to be honest all of his wines are very good. Not inexpensive, but a quality wine.

So that’s all, folks. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being such good customers and friends. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao

Weekend Specials

Greetings!

Hot enough for you? You know it’s hot when your good friends from
Alabama tell you it is hotter up here on the North Coast than down in
Birmingham, by a long shot. But they say it will be better this
weekend, temperature wise, and maybe even some rain will come our way
(wanna bet?), so we are optimistic. Just as we are optimistic that you
will be so taken with our specials this weekend that you will join us
for some excellent food and wine. We will be offering Wild Alaskan King
Salmon, which is not only very healthy but perhaps the best salmon out
there, along with Pacific Halibut. And for you non-fish fans we will be
featuring Pork Tenderloin, and some veal and chicken and….I know it’s
been hot and there is a lot to do, but we hope you’ll consider moseying
over and joining us this weekend.

On the wine board we continue to feature the excellent Cabernet from
Joel Gott, and the Tempranillo from Spain and the Vino Nobile from
Italy have also been well received. I also am very fond of the Merlot
from White Oaks, and off list I have a very good Cabernet from
Argentina by Cuvelier Los Andes. The recent Wine Spectator featured
wines from Portugal, and I have added a 92 rated red from Douro called
Po de Poeira, which is a full bodied featuring red from grapes
indigenous to Portugal. It is fum to get out of your comfort zone and
try new wines, and we have wines from all over the world for you to
enjoy. Come in and have a glass with us.

My comments above notwithstanding, I love this time of year and we hope
you are enjoying your summer. We also hope you consider joining us, and
we thank you for your continued support through hot and cold, rain or
shine. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ciao.

Whites

Featured Wines / Whites

#109 Pinot Noir, Laetitia, Estate, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2013 $28/$8

This wine comes from further south in California, but the Arroyo Grande vineyard site of this wine overlooks the Pacific so the climate is cool enough for quality Pinot Noir. The soil is volcanic and limestone, and was chosen because it is similar to the soil in Burgundy, the real home of Pinot Noir. This wine has wonderful fruit and texture, but offers more complexity and style over typical California Pinot Noir, and offers a nice balance between the new world fruit heavy style and the elegance, depth and complexity of French Burgundy. A very good wine.

Chicken Angelina

Ingedients:

4 skinless chicken breasts
8 eggs
1 cup 100% olive oil
2 cups clean spinach, stems removed
4 cloves garlic
1 cup Asiago cheese
1 cup flour
2 cups pine nut mix

Pine Nut Mix:

In food processor, place
1 cup (8 oz.) pine nuts,
1/2 cup bread crumbs,
1/2 cup aged pecorino/romano cheese
pinch of pepper

Process until coarse

Instructions:

Trim, clean and pound out the chicken breasts, separating the halves.

Dredge the 8 half breasts in the flour.

Beat 4 eggs and dredge the floured half breasts. Be sure to remove the chicken breasts from the egg wash and put into a clean, empty bowl.

In a cast iron skillet (or any skillet that will maintain an even heat) put in half of the olive oil (or enough oil to completely cover the bottom of the skillet). Heat oil and put in one or two halves and cook 2-3 minutes per side. Put aside until all the breasts are cooked. Put the chicken into a 375° oven. Dispose of the used oil and the egg wash.

Beat the remaining 4 eggs and heat the remaining oil. Dredge the cooked chicken in the egg wash, then the pine nut mix. Cook in the hot oil one minute per side.

Divide the spinach into 4 parts and place on a shallow baking sheet. Place 2 half breasts on each spinach part. Add water (enough to cover the bottom of the baking sheet) and the chopped garlic. Place 1 oz. of the Asiago cheese on each breast. Return to oven and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly melted.

Drain the baking sheet. Remove the chicken and spinach, plate and serve.

Serves 4

Reds

Featured Wines / Red

#72 Claret, Francis Coppola, 2013…………………………………….$28/$8

Francis Ford Coppola is becoming as well known for his wines as for his films, and this inexpensive offering is an example why this is so. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet –based wines from Bordeaux, France, and this wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, the balance being Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The intent with this wine is to showcase Cabernet and its Bordeaux blending partners, and to demonstrate the diversity of California’s many growing regions. The wine has a deep color, pleasant nose, muted tannins and deep dark berry fruit. Claret is an outstanding value, and will work very well either on its own or to enjoy with your dinner.

#99 Merlot, Red Diamond, 2012……………………………………….$24/$7

Red Diamond Winery is located in Eastern Washington State, and is affiliated with the Stimson-Lane Company, who also owns Chte. Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest Vineyards. This Merlot displays the ripe fruit typical of wines from the Columbia Valley, is well balanced and offers a smooth finish, which is often lacking with wines of this price. Medium in body, this is an easy drinking wine.