I have a friend from Ripley who would sing the praises of Fratello's any time the city was brought up in conversation. So, Fratello's has been held as this high standard for Italian food years before I even visited.
Nestled in the hills of West Virginia half way between the capital, Charleston and the third largest city, Parkersburg, you will find Fratello’s Italian Family Steak House. We have been serving excellent food since 1999. Not only do we offer unique family recipes, originating from Calabrai, Italy; we also offer our National Award Winning Appetizer, Marco Polo Juniors. We still maintain true food preparation. We make our sauces, soups, lasagne, ribs, manicotti, and the list goes on. We use only fresh vegetables and we make our salads fresh to order. It has been our goal to provide best quality food possible along with a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy it in. Fratello’s offers a hand-picked selection of domestic and imported beers and wine along with a full bar to compliment your dining experience. You are invited to come in and relax in our comfortable surroundings, enhanced by a stone fireplace and a quaint gift shop. Enjoy our authentic Italian cuisine, or one of our mouth-watering Angus Steaks, decadent baby back ribs, specialty salads or seafood dishes, and of course a wide choice of pizzas and calzones.
Fratello's has vinyl booths with the faux green granite tabletops or old-school wooden tables with chairs. Dark reds, some fake plants and you've got yourself the quintessential old-school mid-priced Italian restaurant that has some loving wear and tear from years of regulars.
First up was some bread and butter. Nothing particularly notable here, but standard for Italian fare.
Next, a pretty decent house salad. Fresh romaine, carrots, tomatoes, red onion and croutons made for something better than just iceberg and a single cherry tomato. Pretty good.
And, for my entree, I went with manicotti, which was stuffed with their cheese mixture and topped with marinara. Pretty standard. Nothing especially mindblowing here, but nothing bad, either. I would call it solid, average Italian fare. Considering the plethora of amazing Italian restaurants in North Central West Virginia, the bar is high. And this probably sits right in the middle.