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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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Isn’t it typical? All the students head back to the classroom and we get perhaps the hottest temps of the summer. Well, humid anyways, but you get the picture. However we try to keep it comfortable within the walls of Fratello’s, so I’m hoping I can entice you to join us this weekend for some fine food & wine. Our specials will be Wild Alaskan King Salmon, a little bit of Lemon Sole, and Bison Strip Steaks. I know it might be a wee bit busy for you this weekend, Labor Day and all, but we’d love to see ya’!

This time of year with the summer winding down and the fall just around the corner, many of the wine distributors host tastings to showcase their portfolios, and because we are committed to providing you with the finest wines to enjoy I have been on it to find delicious wines for you. Last week I shared my impressions of the Grand Vin from Cuvelier from Argentina, which is a Malbec heavy Bordeaux varietal wine that is among the best wines I have tasted all summer. This week I am expecting delivery of two wines from Michael Pozzan from Napa that I am also fond of. Their Gold Series Red Blend is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel from Oakville, and offers fruit, body and structure. The fruit is very pronounced but not overdone. I should also receive a few bottles of a Cabernet blend called Sailor’s Grace, which is a serious California Cab yet at a lesser price point than most serious Napa Cabernets. I was impressed and I urge you to try it. Lastly, I have to once
again suggest that you try one of Rose wines from France that we offer on our list. These wines are inexpensive and for me are among the best wines to enjoy with this warm weather. Just a thought.

We hope you are well and enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day. I thank you for your support, and hope to see you soon.

Ciao

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Whew! It looked for awhile the past few days that we were jumping right into the fall, non? Thank goodness August has returned today, and it is shaping up for some decent temps coming our way. And it might, just might I say, be perfect to head out for some good food & wine. Like, for instance, at Fratello’s this weekend, when we will be featuring Yellow Edge Grouper from the Gulf, King Crab Legs from Alaska, and Pilot Rack of Lamb from New Zealand. Of course, all your Fratello friends will be here as well – you know, Deb & Scott & Tammi & Sean & Kate & Sara & all the Bills & Ed & Tim & Kyle & Craig & Ryan & Veal Salt & Egg Parm & Shrimp Frat & Chicken Rollo & all the Frats & Calamari & Pasta & Clams & Mussels &…….you get the idea. We’d love to see ya’!

As for wine, I have added a wine from Argentina which I tasted recently that in terms of quality and value is among the finest wines I have tasted all summer. The Grand Vin from Cuvelier Los Andes is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, and is considered the flagship wine of this vineyard. The Cuvelier Family owns the prestigious Chateau Leoville-Poyferre vineyard in Bordeaux, France, and Grand Vin delivers excellent structure, balance, and elegance. Just an amazing wine. Cuvelier also makes the excellent Grand Malbec which is also on our list, which is among the finest Malbecs I have ever tasted. I have also added the 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino from Castello Romitorio, which joins the 2006 vintage on our list. The 2006 was rated 91 points by the Wine Advocate, which awarded the 2010 vintage a 95 point rating. This wine is very allocated, and I understand that there were only 48 bottles available in the entire state of Ohio. Very
limited, not inexpensive, but very good. Lastly, I have also brought back the Rosso di Montalcino from Domus Vitae to our feature board, which has been very well received. This Sangiovese wine from Italy hails from the same area as the much heralded Brunello but at a lesser price point. As I have said before, we have plenty of juice for you to enjoy. Come have a sip with us!

The welcome return of August temps notwithstanding, the students returning to the classroom, the football stadiums heating up, and the calendar all tell us that the summer is winding down, unfortunately. But there is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy yourselves, perhaps with some good food & wine. We hope you are well, and that you will get out and enjoy yourselves as I suggest, perhaps even with us. We”d love to see you. Thanks for all your support, it is very much appreciated.

Ciao

P.S. When I mentioned your “Fratello friends”, of course I also meant the many DMO’s, bussers & hosts who also contribute to your dining enjoyment. They all do a fine job, and we would not be here without them.

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Boy, is it nice out! The kind of day you wish you could bottle for the future. Clear, crisp, low humidity, perfecto! I mean, it is the kind of day just screaming to go out and enjoy yourselves, like with a nice dinner and glass of wine, perhaps. And, even better, it looks like we are on a good path for the entire weekend, so there is lots of time for you to possibly enjoy dinner with us. Speaking of, we are featuring this weekend Atlantic Halibut, Swordfish and Strip Steaks. We hope you consider joining us, we’d love to se ya’!

A few wine notes to share with you. As I mentioned last week, I have a new Rosso di Montalcino which I have added to our feature board available by the bottle or by the glass. Rosso hails from the same area of Tuscany, Italy, where the much lauded (rightly so) Brunello di Montalcino comes from, just southwest of Florence. It is essentially a baby Brunello, 100% Sangiovese grape, and offers fresh fruit and good structure in a medium bodied wine. It is very good with our menu, especially our Marinara sauce, but also works well on its own. Of course, should you want to wade in Brunello waters, we can help you there also, as we offer several Brunellos on our wine list. I have also added a few bottles of a Cote du Rhone from Olivier Hillaire from the new 2013 vintage. Cotes du Rhone comes from the southern Rhone valley of France, and like its bigger brother, Chateauneuf du Pape (which we also have on our wine list) is a red blend yet is mostly Grenache with Syrah blended in as
well. I tasted this wine at a wine show last spring , and I was impressed with its quality. Cotes du Rhone wines, as do other Grenache wines such as Atteca from Spain and Shatter from France, work well with our menu and are very good food wines. But unlike Chateauneufs which are pricey, Cotes du Rhone is a very good value. Lastly, we also have a few bottles of a Pinot Noir from California for you to enjoy. Kali Hart Pinot Noir from Talbott comes from Monterey, and offers much more fruit than is typical of other Pinots from the west coast, especially the Oregon Pinots. Easy drinking, forward fruit in a medium body, Kali Hart is a tasty wine. Something to think about.

We hope you are well and have enjoyed your summer. Not that this is past tense, however, and as I said there is still plenty of time to have fun and enjoy yourselves. We look forward to seeing you soon, thank you for your support, and wish you well.

Ciao

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