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Fratelli Village Pizzeria - Any post-fire update?

Googs Jul 16, 2012 03:54 PM

Beau and I would love to après-zoo at Fratelli's. Does anyone know if they'll be reopening soon or ever?

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    cathers RE: Googs Oct 27, 2012 08:04 PM

    Last I heard they were opening in August....now it's the end of October and I haven't heard anything. I practically live behind them and sure miss that place. Rumor has it the owners wouldn't mind having a bigger place but would love to stay in the area because they have many regulars from Highland Creek. The spot at the opposite end of that plaza just vacated....I wonder if maybe they'll move over??? Maybe I should ask all my Italian friends if they have heard anything.

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      Googs RE: cathers Oct 28, 2012 09:28 AM

      There's a lot of nostalgia and loyal, local customers tied to that location. However, it was clear from the first time I went that they had long since outgrown it. I'm sure Fratelli will return. Perhaps they decided that there's a lesson to be taken from every experience and this one was to give their customers more of what they want. A place to sit, relax, and enjoy their very special local restaurant.

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      cathers RE: Googs Nov 10, 2012 08:58 PM

      Talked to a friend who always seems to know what is going on....The target reopening has been set for February 2013. Sounds like they have been having headaches with electrical (cause of the fire), the owner of the plaza, the roof and dealing with the city. So that is why they are taking longer than anticipated. Hopefully Feb is true, or there abouts since you never know with renos.

      1. scarberian RE: Googs Mar 3, 2013 11:01 AM

        Well Googs, the time has come. My family ordered take out from Fratelli's on Saturday and boy they haven't missed a beat! The pizzas actually taste better than I remember and those deep fried calamari are oh so good. The place was packed with a 30 minute wait and it was only 6:30 pm. They officially opened Feb. 28th and they've been busy since. I didn't have time to talk to Sal, just shake his hand and welcome the resto back, but I have heard that they will only open for lunches one day a week. Aside from that they are open from 5pm on. There wasn't much change in the design of the place and the food was fab. I didn't get a chance to look at the specials that day, but I am waiting for that grilled octopus to come back.

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          Googs RE: scarberian Mar 4, 2013 07:49 AM

          NOOOOoooohhhh I was hoping to keep a lid on that for just a little longer. It's not like they're hurting for diners. LOL

          Had you looked at the chalkboard, you would have seen your grilled octopus. And yes, it was every bit as delicious as I remembered. A friend at the table, and absolute cephalopod phobe, saw how much I was enjoying it and actually had a bite. She couldn't believe she liked it. Even though the staff could have been a little rusty and overwhelmed by the crowd, service was terrific.

          I'm so, so happy they're back. I look forward to many nights with friends, with family, and romantic dinners for two.

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            Googs RE: scarberian Aug 12, 2013 08:28 AM

            Found this and thought I'd share a little food porn with you, scarberian.

            Any idea as to what this retooling of the website is all about? Do they (I hope) have a major announcement coming?

          2. Full tummy RE: Googs Apr 5, 2014 09:29 AM

            Second location opening soon at St. Clair and O'Connor, where Crazy Tomato used to be.

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              scarberian RE: Full tummy Apr 5, 2014 04:02 PM

              I wonder if they'll just keep the same staff and menu at the second location or bring their menu over.

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                pakmode RE: Full tummy Apr 7, 2014 08:57 AM

                Wow, Crazy Tomato is closed? I thought it was doing pretty well?

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                  Full tummy RE: pakmode Apr 7, 2014 09:07 AM

                  I don't know. Went once a short time after they opened, but didn't get there again.

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                  eller RE: Full tummy Apr 11, 2014 08:39 AM

                  This makes me very happy.

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