With the long-anticipated return of the cuisine of Frankie Machine (Frank Ferro), and a targeted Memorial Day opening for his restaurant Ferro on Cedar Street, Idyllwild diners and visitors will have palate-pleasing choices throughout town.
First on scene this spring will be Fratello’s on Ridgeview Drive in the former Nature’s Wisdom space. Luis Solis, owner/operator of The Lumber Mill Bar and Grill said Fratello’s will be family run, his brother and two brothers-in-law heading up the Italian-themed restaurant. He anticipates opening in mid to late April.
The interior space has been completely remodeled, with an expanded kitchen, walk-in freezer and wood-fired oven — one of what will be primary calling cards for the restaurant — and old-world-styled, wood-fired pizza. The specialty warm interior painting, faux brick arches and wall sconces are intended to transport diners to southern Italy, said Solis. “We’ll have a wall displaying our wine and a full dessert display, the kind of ambience you’ll find in Italy.”
Solis said the menu will feature gluten-free selections and fresh ingredients, as well as specialty meats such as bison.
An outside deck is being expanded and should be able to seat 40 people, he noted. The restaurant interior also will seat around 40, said Solis.