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New artisanal plates at Ciao Bello

Attention to detail is the Tony Vallone signature.

That’s why every component of a meal at Ciao Bello, down to the plates themselves, is selected personally by Tony.

The restaurant recently received these beautiful hand-painted artisanal ceramic plates that Tony had commissioned in Naples, Italy, where the centuries-old tradition of pottery is renowned for its beauty and brilliance.

These aren’t plates that someone simply ordered from a restaurant supply catalog. No, they were conceived by Tony and executed by hand in a Neapolitan atelier.

Do they make the food taste better? We think so… It’s because they enhance the entire dining experience. It’s attention to detail like this that makes the difference!

The glory of Nebbiolo with Dale Robertson September 29

Left: Nebbiolo ripening on the vine in a photo taken Saturday, August 22, in Piedmont in Northwestern Italy, where some of the world’s most coveted wines are produced. On September 29, Houston-based wine writer Dale Robertson will be sharing his insights into the famed wines made from Nebbiolo grapes.

“This one is going to be a blockbuster,” says Tony Vallone of the upcoming Piedmont Food and Wine dinner at Ciao Bello (September 29), his first regional Italian cuisine dinner of the season.

“Not only are we going to be pouring some incredible wines from Piedmont, the land of Barolo and Barbaresco,” he explains, “but we will also be joined by our friend Dale Robertson, one of our favorite wine writers and one of Houston’s greatest experts on Piedmontese wines.”

Well into an immensely successful career as a sports writer in a sports-crazy city, Dale began writing about food and wine many years ago when he started covering the Tour de France for the Houston Chronicle.

To this day, he still summers every year in France not far from the Italian border and just a stone’s throw from the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco where some of Italy’s greatest wines are produced.

“He’s our city’s leading authory on these wines,” says Tony. “If there’s any dinner you don’t want to miss this season, this is the one.”

SAVE THE DATE: Piedmont Food and Wine Dinner with Dale Robertson September 29.

PIEDMONT DINNER with DALE ROBERTSON September 29

best italian wine piedmont

Above: Vineyards in the village of Monforte d’Alba in Barolo, where some of the world’s greatest red wines are produced.

“This one is going to be a blockbuster,” says Tony Vallone of the upcoming Piedmont Food and Wine dinner at Ciao Bello (September 29), his first regional Italian cuisine dinner of the season.

“Not only are we going to be pouring some incredible wines from Piedmont, the land of Barolo and Barbaresco,” he explains, “but we will also be joined by our friend Dale Robertson, one of our favorite wine writers and one of Houston’s greatest experts on Piedmontese wines.”

Well into an immensely successful career as a sports writer in a sports-crazy city, Dale began writing about food and wine many years ago when he started covering the Tour de France for the Houston Chronicle.

To this day, he still summers every year in France not far from the Italian border and just a stone’s throw from the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco where some of Italy’s greatest wines are produced.

“He’s our city’s leading authory on these wines,” says Tony. “If there’s any dinner you don’t want to miss this season, this is the one.”

SAVE THE DATE: Piedmont Food and Wine Dinner with Dale Robertson September 29.

NEW $19 BRUNCH at Ciao Bello featuring HALF PRICE WINES

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NEW AT CIAO BELLO: Summer Gnocchi with Zucchini Blossom

zucchini flower gnocchi recipe

NEW AT CIAO BELLO: classic Summer Gnocchi with zucchini blossom, pancetta, pecorino…

Click here for our current menus.

Please call 713-960-0333 to reserve.

Check out our HRW menus here!

We’re so thrilled to be participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks again this year.

It’s a great way to enjoy Ciao Bello and to help the less fortunate among us.

Thanks again to Cleverley Stone for her extraordinary efforts in raising millions of dollars each year for the needy!

Please call 713-960-0333 to reserve.

Here are the menus:

BRUNCH

DINNER

The NEW Colorado Lamb T-Bone at Ciao Bello!

The new Colorado Lamb T-Bone at Ciao Bello, served “simply grilled or pepperonata.”

“New Zealand and Australian lamb can be very good,” says Tony, “but nothing comes close to Colorado-farmed lamb. It’s the best, hands down!”

Please call 713-960-0333 to reserve now.

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