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Brunello di Montalcino at Ciao Bello next week

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Above: The “City of Montalcino,” city of wine, honey, olive oil, and organic farming. It’s one of Italy’s most picturesque hilltop towns and it’s located in the heart of the Orcia River Valley, a UNESCO heritage site.

An evening in Tuscany with Tony Vallone

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
$110 plus tax & gratuity

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve.

The only problem with Tony’s “Regional Italian Cuisine” dinner series? The portions are so generous that you need to be sure to come hungry!

But, then again, healthy appetites are always recommended when sitting at any of Tony’s tables.

Next week’s Una Serata Toscana (An Evening in Tuscany) will feature the wines of Montalcino, where Italy produces one of its most coveted and collected wines, Brunello di Montalcino, made from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown in Tuscany’s best vineyards.

Of course, one cannot live by Brunello alone: Tony will also be pouring a Rosso di Montalcino, the younger and more approachable expression of Sangiovese grown there (and one of his personal favorites).

While the Rosso will be served with one of the first courses, the Brunello will be reserved for the main event, the “Tagliata di Manzo,” a classic Tuscan steak and the traditional pairing for Sangiovese.

Beef is the centerpiece for any Tuscan feast. But many don’t realize that Tuscany lies on the coast of the Mediterranean and that fish and seafood are also extremely popular there. So look out for seafood first course as well.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve. Limited availability.

April 30: an Evening in Tuscany with @TonyVallone

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Above: The Ponte Vecchio (the “old bridge”), which spans the Arno river in the historical center of Florence, is one of Italy’s most iconic examples of Renaissance architecture.

Florence and Tuscany gave the world some of the world’s great works of art, from Brunelleschi’s Cupola over Santa Maria del Fiore to Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and Micheangelo’s “David.”

Tony Vallone’s “Una Serata Toscana — an Evening in Tuscany” celebrates the literature, art, wines, and gastronomy of Tuscany and is the latest in his series of Italian Regional Cuisine dinners and events.

An evening in Tuscany
with Tony Vallone

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
$110 plus tax & gratuity

limited availability

Join Tony Vallone as he celebrates the culinary traditions of Tuscany, land of literature, art, wines & gastronomy.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve.

Kaitlin Steinberg & Houston Press name Ciao Bello Pastiera “#1 Dish for 2013-14″

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Ciao Bello’s Caramelli also took home the top prize for best dish at the Houston Press Menu of Menus Party on April 8. Click here to read more.

We are very pleased to announce that Houston Press restaurant critic Kaitlin Steinberg has made the Pastiera di Mare con Granchio e Gamberi (above) her Number One Dish in her list of “100 Favorite Dishes” in Houston for 2013-2014.

As Steinberg notes in her glowing review, Tony first served the dish at the second in his series of Regional Italian Cuisine Dinners last year, an evening devoted to the food of Naples, Italy.

Here’s what she had to say about the “best thing that she ate [at Ciao Bello] all year.”

Read more

Menus updated…

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Dessert menu updated…

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Buon appetito!

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“For Italian food to be authentic, it needs to be creative.”—Tony Vallone

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All desserts made in-house at Ciao Bello

All desserts are made in-house at Ciao Bello, using Vallone family recipes.

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