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Tony Vallone

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Italian Restaurants

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Tony's Still Wows Nearly 50 Years After First Opening

    With newer, hipper Italian restaurants opening in Houston every year, it can be easy to overlook the fine-dining behemoth that is Tony's in favor of something, perhaps, less dated. But this would be a mistake. Tony's opened in 1965 as a mom-and-pop Italian eatery serving hearty bowls of pasta and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2014

    Executive Chef Grant Gordon Leaves Vallone Family

    As CultureMap first reported yesterday, Grant Gordon has decided to step down as executive chef of both Tony's and the recently opened Vallone's steakhouse in Gateway Memorial City. This announcement comes just a week after Eater reported that Vallone's beverage director Evan Turner is also leaving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The First Families of Houston Food: Why We Eat the Way We Eat in H-Town

    Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignites Debate

    Scores of great female chefs are ignored.

  • Dining

    December 5, 2013

    At Ciao Bello, Eggs and Flour Combine to Create Dishes of Perfection

    Looking for pasta paradise? You'll find it at Ciao Bello.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Worhals Closes In A Flash, BurgerFi Ventures to Sugar Land & Vallone's Welcomes Its First Diners

    Being the week of Thanksgiving, it's no surprise that it's been a slow one for restaurant openings and closings. Thanksgiving Day was a sad one for anyone hoping to bring a pie from House of Pies on Kirby to the dinner table. After its roof caught fire a few weeks ago, the Kirby location was forced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Sneak Peek: Vallone's, a New Addition to the Tony Vallone Empire, Sets December 1 Opening

    "Imagine how many proposals are going to happen here," a friend said to me as we surveyed the crowd filling the freshly painted and carpeted dining room at Vallone's. "And how many anniversaries and promotion celebrations and birthday parties and first dates. That's what's so exciting about a new re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Kate McLean Makes History as First Female Chef de Cuisine at Tony's

    As one of the few women in the kitchen at Tony's -- and a slight, bubbly one at that -- one might worry that Kate McLean would have a difficult time demanding respect. But McLean, who's been with Tony's for nearly three years, is not only respected in the kitchen; she is highly admired. And it's eas ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 11, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Regional Italian Cuisine Dinner Series

    Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Tony Vallone's Sicilian Homestyle Cooking at Ciao Bello

    "You don't even need a knife," the woman seated next to me, the wife of a prominent local judge, advised. I'd just picked up my knife and fork, ready to take a bite of a delicious-looking piece of Gaddina a 'Muddicata, Sicilian for our second course of breaded baked chicken. Taking her advice, I put ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Openings & Closings: The Bar Beat Gets Busy While Sushi Spots Shutter

    Weeks like this one make it hard to believe I'm actually leaving this post next Friday, because what a whirlwind of activity we've seen in the last seven days. First is news of four exciting new bars heading to downtown, north downtown and Montrose. Two of those bars are from the Clumsy Butcher tea ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Proof Is In the... Rooftop

    I've long said that Houston doesn't have enough cool rooftop spaces, especially close to downtown. That's finally changing with the opening of two fun new spots... The first opened several weeks ago at the Houston Pavilions: the reincarnation of Scott Gertner's Sky Bar on Montrose, which is now -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello, On Whether Culinary School Is Worth It

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 ciaobellohouston.com This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts 2 and 3 in this same space Thursday and Friday. Ciao Bello, Tony Vallone's lighter, more casual version of his iconic Tony's in River Oaks, offers some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    First Look at Don Julio's

    Credit where it's due: The margaritas are very good.​As often as I feel exhilarated with the state of the food scene in Houston, I feel exasperated just as frequently. Such is life in our city, and you take the good with the bad. And such is life at Don Julio's, the suburban import Tex-Mex re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    The chopped brisket sandwich at Ray's Real Pit BBQ.​It's been a week of changes for Houston restaurants -- menu changes, chef changes, location changes -- and some of those changes include at least one shocking closure. That closure was Caffe Bello, which quietly closed its doors on Monday. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Still one of my favorite photos. Welcome back, Leon's.​More great news for the Heights this week as it was announced that D'Amico's Italian Market has set its sights on White Oak Boulevard for its second location. The popular restaurant has been operating at 5510 Morningside in Rice Village si ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Montrose Match

    The Vallones somehow fit right in with Houston's funkiest neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Jazzie's played out; Gatlin's takes the stage.​As mentioned earlier this week, the latest Tony Vallone outfit -- Caffe Bello (322 Westheimer) -- has finally opened in the old La Strada location in Montrose. Early indications are that the fabulous pizzettas are the restaurant's strong point, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    First Look at Caffe Bello

    Papparedelle and mixed seafood linguine at Caffe Bello.​Tony Vallone has officially invaded Lower Westheimer. The Montrose dining scene has long been a bastion of quirky restaurants -- whether upscale or ultra-casual -- and seeing an old-school, old guard River Oaks restaurateur like Tony Val ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Top 10 Restaurants in the Galleria Area

    Photo by Erika RayStocking up on salsas at Chacho's.​The Galleria has more than 26 million visitors per year. While a significant amount of those people are tourists -- what wouldn't we give to visit a city just to shop there! -- many are Houstonians who gravitate toward the Uptown Park area o ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Ain't No Feud Like A Food Feud. Or Maybe There's No Feud At All

    ​Cleverley Stone is a Houston food institution. Of sorts.For some, she's a lively, well-informed foodie who offers great discounts and tips on her blog, on a weekly radio show on CNN 650 AM (Proposed Station Motto: You've Probably Never Heard Of Us), on local TV morning shows and on her Twitter.Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Ain't No Feud Like A Food Feud. Or Maybe There's No Feud At All

    ​Cleverley Stone is a Houston food institution. Of sorts.For some, she's a lively, well-informed foodie who offers great discounts and tips on her blog, on a weekly radio show on CNN 650 AM (Proposed Station Motto: You've Probably Never Heard Of Us), on local TV morning shows and on her Twitter.Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Victory Over The River Oaks Shopping Center! Kinda

    That proposed restaurant in the River Oaks Shopping Center that had everyone up in Armani-clad arms?It's not going to happen.It wasn't the Lexus Revolution that killed it, though -- the city gave Weingarten Realty pretty much everything it asked for in the way of variances.No, it was the economy tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2007
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    June 19, 2007

    Robb's Review: On the Menu

    Where does Tony Vallone go for hamburgers? Find out in this week's Café.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    January 15, 2004

    And Then There Was One

    Vallone sheds several restaurants but keeps Tony's

  • Dining

    April 3, 2003

    Adis, Los Tonyos

    Tony Vallone sells his Tex-Mex concept to Serrano's

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2003

    Barfin' Green

    Hangover planning for St. Patrick's Day

  • Dining

    February 27, 2003

    Gem on Jones

    Get to A Taste of Portugal before Tony Vallone tells everybody about it

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    The Pig's Nose Knows

    It's time to try a tiny bit of truffle

  • Dining

    November 14, 2002

    Steak House Shuffle

    Vallone's takes a break just in time to give Fleming's a shot

  • Dining

    September 5, 2002

    Where's Chango?

    The "San Phillipy" set swears by Tony Vallone's first Mexican restaurant, but don't go looking for authenticity

  • Dining

    July 18, 2002

    New World Order

    Tony Vallone is searching for his lost shaker of salt at the new Los Tonyos

  • Dining

    October 25, 2001

    Patriotic Excess

    Luxurious Vallone’s most interesting new menu items arean early casualty of the war

  • Dining

    September 20, 2001

    Fall For It

    La Griglia

  • Dining

    December 11, 1997

    The Boom Is Back

    At Vallone's: Big hunks of meat and other people's money

  • Dining

    September 4, 1997

    Sold American

    With his eponymous new cafe, Mark Cox sheds his Tony's past

  • Dining

    April 10, 1997

    What's in a Name?

    If the name is Russo's Cafe Anthony, it's memorable Italian eating

  • Dining

    May 2, 1996
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    February 1, 1996
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    December 14, 1995

    Clash of the Caterers

    Was it one too many chicken empanadas? It's Jackson vs. Jerry in the battle of the high-society foodmeisters.

  • Dining

    June 22, 1995

    Diner's Notebook

    Slippage Report

  • Dining

    April 7, 1994

    Room with a Voodoo

    With good reason do the see-and-be-scenesters flock to Tony Vallone's reorchestrated Anthony's

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