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Fratelli's Ristorante Italiano
Ranked #41 of 236 Restaurants in Auburn
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We love this authentic Italian restaurant! Do not miss the garlic knots, they are worth a visit alone! The lasagne and veal are delicious and their pizza is outstanding! Fresh salads with fabulous dressing. Great service and huge portions, the chef comes out and personally chats with all patrons. We were quite impressed and will be back!

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Amazing food at an affordable price. Staff was great. Atmosphere is slightly lacking, but they have done a great job with the space they're currently in. Hopefully with more success they can really set a tone moving forward. This is still my go-to for a fancy dinner in town.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We travel to Auburn regularly our daughter graduated from the University and is in her second year of graduate school there . We have our favorite everything there and now we have our favorite Italian restaurant ! We had the calamari for an appetizer it was so wonderful we added a second order for the four of us . My son and daughter had the spaghetti and meatballs and loved them . My husband raved about his veal parmigiana . It was the nightly special I had the tuna tartare and it was the best I have had in my life !
We shared a dessert that was equally amazing and our bill was under ninety dollars . The chef visited our table and all of the tables that evening . Our server was attentive and to our surprise informed us she had arrived two weeks prior from Rome . There was no liquor license so take your own wine if you go . For authentic , excellent and reasonably priced Italian you simply can not go wrong here !

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fratelli’s has been on our radar for a couple of months. Now that they serve Sunday lunch, it’s much easier. We made a visit with great anticipation.

This is a slot in a strip located next to a successful Korean restaurant. Their exterior is rather plain with unkept windows. The interior is just as plain. There are lots of tables and chairs for this small dining area. The tables are small for 4. It’s likely not a pleasant or safe spot when really crowded. The overall ambiance is poor.

We chose a table by the wall. Unfortunately the wall was dirty and had chipped paint everywhere. It’s obvious this damaged paint came from the previous occupant. Fratelli’s doesn’t seem to care about it.

The tables are clothed and then an angled piece of butcher paper covers part of the cloth. When the tables are reset, only the paper is changed.

The menu is simple and easy to see. Its sections are antipasto, salad, pasta, entrée, pizza and desserts. The menu is one of those mixed language approaches that seem so unnecessary. A quick review of the offerings reveals a definite Italian-American line up. The music is the same. Dean Martin singing “That’s Amore” was playing when we were seated.

Even though we were there for lunch, the dinner menu was used. The prices are high for lunch. The specials exceeded $20. There were only 6 other tables for lunch during our stay and 1 take out. We were alone at the beginning. 3 servers, 2 in the kitchen and us. The dishwasher came in the front door around noon and strolled through the dining room.

Italian is the language of the kitchen. It’s easily heard in the dining room. Our server also spoke Italian as well as a table behind us. The chef had a long discussion in Italian with them about food and family. A casual hello to us was it.

A small basket of bread came to the table with our water. It smelled right and it was. Good crumb and flavor. A light garlic oil was not memorable.

As to our order we selected 3 courses – an antipasto, a pasta and a pizza for our main course. Our first course was the fritto misto billed as mix fritto. It was fresh, hot and crisp from the fryer and looked great. There were lots of good fries. The artichoke heart pieces were really nice. The large squid sections were tough and chewy. The 2 shrimp were excellent. A small bowl of marinara and 2 little lemon wedges rounded out the plate. The sauce was light and just right. The promised suppli on the menu were missing. No tasty little rice balls with cheese in the center.

When we were half way through our first course, our second and third courses arrived. I asked what we were supposed to do with them and got no answer. So this basically ruined the meal right there. We had to move the fitto misto plate ourselves plus the smaller plates we were eating from to make room for our next 2 courses. Our server never cleared the plates. In fact our server never cleared any plates at any time.

The fettucine Alfredo was good. I asked our server which pasta was made fresh in the kitchen and she said the fettucine and lasagne. The sauce had enough liquid so that the noodles didn’t become concrete while eating. Unfortunately the dish was very bland. Some salt and a dash of pepper fixed that. The texture of the pasta was excellent. We didn’t get to properly enjoy it because of the service situation.

As to the pizza we chose a Margherita. That’s a good way to judge a restaurant. What is served at Fratelli’s is not traditional Neapolitan Margherita but no mention is made. Theirs is a take on the less common Roman version. What we got was basically a cheese pizza with a few basil leaves under the cheese. No garnish at all and all the tomatoes covered. The tomato I sneaked out was perfectly rich and sweet.

The pizza crust was excellent. It was thin and crisp with a light char on the bottom. The edges weren’t thick and doughy at all. No red pepper was offered and that surprised me. Very popular in southern Italy and would have been a welcome addition.

The menu offers “entrées” consisting of Parmigiana, Marsala, piccata and saltimbocca using chicken or veal. All have that American touch of being served over pasta. There’s also the American classic spaghetti and meatballs.

Overall Fratelli’s is trying but has a long way to go. The service is poor and so is the look and feel. Authentic does not apply. But it is a true shot at Italian-American and that’s not bad at all. Tony Soprano would be happy with the food. For the most part we were too. It was everything else that made for a real mixed experience. Once they get their ABC permit, we will try again. Getting a website would help, too.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Just had lunch there today, our first time in. We knew nothing about it because to my knowledge it doesn't advertise much. I think they have a FB page, but I think that's all. Just word of mouth.

All of the food was really amazing and very fresh. The chef is a native of Rome and extremely gifted. All portions were extremely generous, and the prices are very reasonable.

The garlic, pepper and olive oil dipping sauce and bread were top notch. Couldn't stop. I ordered the Antipasto Platter and Bela Roma salad. The platter was bountiful with 4 cheeses and 4 meats, along with sliced tomatoes and kalamata olives. We were able to create several delicious combos. The Bela Roma salad was delicious with the fresh feta cheese and really great lightly fried artichokes.

My wife ordered the Caprese Salad. It was also excellent.

The two servers were very professional, friendly and helpful.

The menu has many, many delicious sounding dishes with pizza, entrees and pasta dishes. The Grandma's Spaghetti should be a huge hit with the college kids. We're going back for dinner soon and I can't wait to order the Spaghetti allo Scoglio: mussels, clams, shrimp, and calamari in a choice of white wine or red sauce.

I hope Auburn really supports this place.

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