Two More Weeks to Smooch Your Pooch!

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Stop in any Wednesday in August with your dog to pick up a FREE large cheese pizza! No dog?  Bring your significant other pet.
One pizza per customer, one visit per Wednesday. Promotion begins at 5 pm and applies to first 50 patrons.
Sorry, not valid at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar. Please visit any of our 14 pizza locations to get smoochy.

Smooch Your Pooch Is Back

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Stop in Wednesdays this August with your dog to pick up a FREE large cheese pizza! No dog? Bring your significant other pet. To prove that said dog or significant other pet is truly yours, you may be required to kiss that animal on the lips!
One pizza per customer, one visit per Wednesday. Promotion begins at 5 pm and applies to first 50 patrons.
Sorry, not valid at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar. Please visit any of our 14 pizza locations to get smoochy.

DFW Pug Rescue: Monday, February 4

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Order from any i Fratelli Pizza location or dine at our Ristorante & Wine Bar in Irving on Monday, February 4 and mention “DFW Pug Rescue.”  When you do, they will receive 15% of your purchase amount as a DoughNation to continue their work finding homes for lovable pugs.

Tank & Ben, DFW Pug Rescue Alumni

DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc., (DFWPRC) was incorporated in July 1997 as a non-stock, non-profit corporation for the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs in Texas.

DFWPRC is the largest pug rescue organization in the United States and has rescued and placed over 5,500 huggable, squeezable, absolutely adorable pugs — we rescue approximately 10 pugs a week.

We rescue ALL pugs regardless of age or medical condition. Since we rescue ALL pugs, our veterinary care is our biggest on-going expense and we average approximately $250,000 a year in veterinary expenses. This amount is after our veterinary care clinics provide deep discounts. 100% of all funds donated to DFW Pug Rescue are used to pay for Veterinary care.

All pugs rescued by DFWPRC are taken immediately to the vet where they are examined, tested (and treated) for heartworm, vaccinated, sterilized, and rabies shots administered before being placed in a foster or permanent home.

70% of the rescue pugs are heartworm positive and all are treated at DFWPRC’s expense

DFWPRC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization and do not have a staging area to hold our rescue pugs so we depend on the generosity of our volunteers to provide foster homes until permanent homes can be located.

DFWPRC has placed pugs in 28 states, British Columbia, Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and Japan.


Pizza DoughNation Nominations 2/20/2012

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Pizza DoughNation sponsored organizations for Monday, February 20

Individuals who place an order on Monday, February 20 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total.

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sarah Francis is embarking on a one-day, 100-mile cycle ride around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund blood cancer research.

Team in Training is a program that combines training for different endurance events with fundraising and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  With Team in Training you don’t just learn to ride a bike or run a marathon, you find inspiration and motivation from the people who have lived or are living with blood cancers. LLS is an amazing support for families who are having to deal with this terrible disease and they are also making great strides to hopefully soon find a cure for blood cancers. 

 The money raised by the North Texas chapter of LLS partially goes to families and patients in the DFW metroplex who might need financial assistance for their treatment and the other part to help fund different researchers throughout the world.

Sarah at the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon last June.


Coppell Family YMCA

Funds will support the annual Partners Campaign which provides scholarships for lower-income youth, teens, adults and seniors to participate in YMCA programs and activities.  Last year, the Y gave over $235,000 to Coppell families who wouldn’t have been able to afford after-school child care, swimming lessons, team sports fees, summer camp, and many other opportunities.

Grapevine and Southlake

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE)

Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine, Texas based non-profit relief agency which provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance are offered as a response to God’s grace by local churches in partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.

Uptown and Park Cities

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand brings not just a legacy of 70 years of service to West Dallas, but hope for a better life to the more than 25,000 people living in the 75212 zip code.  As a faith-based nonprofit that hope comes in the form of Education, Health, and Essentials of Life programs.  Partnering caring volunteers with neighbors in need brings nourishment of the mind, body, and soul to all involved.

Plano West

Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas

Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue abandoned and stray Dalmatians from shelters and pounds.  We find good homes for these animals after they have received any necessary health care.  It costs between $250 to $550 to rescue a Dalmatian.  Be a pal, help us save a Dal!

Maverick needs a loving home!

Proclamations, Pyles and “The Prisoner”

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Current Events

The Sauce was captivated with Greater Dallas Restaurant Association President (and i Fratelli Brother) David Cole as he delivered his “2012 State of the Association” address.   Dallas Mayor Rawlings followed with his vision of making Dallas “The Best Customer Service City in the Nation.”


Food Glorious Food

The Sauce celebrated to-the-max at Samar by Stephan Pyles.  Wow!  Casual, urban, with small plates for sharing.  Start with the spicy, kicky Chaitini.  The menu is inspired by Spain, India, and the Eastern Mediterranean, but TS fell in love with peasant food… Potatoes and Chorizo with fried egg… it was the addition of foie gras that made it fit for a king.  Try the Short Ribs in Ginger-Garam Masala with Saffron Rice matched with spinach-goat cheese naan.

TS and i Fratelli are family,  so enjoying a meze of tapas “family style” is how we roll.

In Vino Veritas!

“The Prisoner” was paroled and “released” into the custody of guests enjoying the Thursday Weekly wine tasting event last week at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.  It was an adoring crowd.  Orin Swift Cellars scored with this blend of Zin, Cab, Syrah, Petit Syrah, and Charbono (you say Charbono…I say Bonarda).  Soooo good with the grilled lamb chop.  MacArthur HS class of ‘79 and ’81 grads gathered and swapped stories.  We invite all Old School pals to do the same.

Musica, Musica, Musica

While searching for new i Fratelli Pizza locations, TS has developed an in-car-addiction to the SweetJack song.  TS and i Fratelli are known to love the canine and would love to host this clever puppy on any Wednesday in April when we start our Spring version of Smooch Your Pooch.

Get ready to Smooch: April 2012

Cole Family Fun


Cole Brothers Clean Up Circa 1993

Thank You for Posting Your Pooch Pic

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Submitted By: Courtney Whistler, Flower Mound,TX

We want to thank all of our amazing i Fratelli friends and fans for their entries in the first Post Your Pooch Pic Contest on Facebook. Selecting the finalists from the nearly 50 entries was extremely difficult—almost impossible, in fact. The Cole brothers had their work cut out for them. “I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and wit of our patrons. How lucky we are,” said George Cole. There were so many creative, whimsical, and heartwarming photographs.  We were delighted to accept entries from all over the Metroplex—from Coppell to Uptown. In case you did not see them, we will be posting the seven finalists right here on our blog.

And, be sure to make plans for the Smooch Your Pooch promotion next Dogtober, and watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed for exclusive offers and events!

Congratulations to our winner—Beverly Widner and Peppy of Coppell.

Happy Thanksgiving to you are your family this week! What was your favorite Post Your Pooch Pic Photo?