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(SOLD OUT) Get Your Thanksgiving To Go from Ciao Bello!

Now you can have your turkey and eat it, too! Order Thanksgiving To Go from Ciao Bello and we’ll make Thanksgiving the easiest meal of the year. Call to reserve before Monday, November 20th and you can pick up your Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 22nd! We’ll provide the turkey, sides, and dessert and a heating instruction sheet to make your Thanksgiving Day the easiest AND tastiest, yet! You can even put an Italian twist on your Thanksgiving this year and add a Lasagna for just $49!

Call 713-960-0333 to order!

 

A Truly Italianissimo Menu – Una Serata Romana!

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We’re excited to announce the menu for Una Serata Romana – an evening with Tony Vallone and Scott Sulma! The menu features five exquisite courses of traditional, authentic Roman cuisine expertly paired, free-flowing wines imported from Italy.

 

As a special gift to our Houston community, $5 per guest will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Reserve your place at a communal table or reserve a whole table for you and your group! Seating is limited, reserve your space today!

To reserve, call 713-960-0333

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Cost: $95 per person*

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Dine Out & Do Good – A Message from HRW

As you may have heard earlier this week, Ciao Bello is extending Houston Restaurant Weeks through September 30th!

Whenever you order a HRW lunch or HRW brunch, we’ll donate $3 to the Houston Food Bank, providing nine meals to those in need. And whenever you order a HRW dinner, we’ll donate $5, which provides 15 meals. See this year’s HRW Brunch MenuHRW Lunch Menu, and HRW Dinner Menu.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve your table!

This month, dine out and do good!

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Join us for Una Serata Romana on September 28th!

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Join us on Thursday, September 28th for an evening with Tony Vallone featuring wines and cuisine from the capital city of Rome. The culinary traditions of Rome will come alive in five exquisite courses, expertly paired with free-flowing wines imported from Italy.

“There’s no better way to spend an evening,” says Tony, “than surrounded by friends, family, and plenty of exceptional food and wine at the dinner table. We’ll take a culinary journey into the sensational Roman kitchen!” 

Tony has created five delicious courses that will take your taste buds on a journey through the cobblestone streets of Rome. While your mind is traveling past the Trevi Fountain to Trastevere “the old section of Rome,” we will be refilling your wine glass with flawlessly paired, free-flowing Italian wines, selected by Scott Sulma, wine enthusiast and Partner at Vallone Restaurant Group.

Reserve your place at a communal table or reserve a whole table for you and your group! Either way, you’ll be in for an exciting night of superb free-flowing wines, authentic Roman cuisine, and exciting conversation.

Seating is limited, reserve your space today!

To reserve, call 713-960-0333

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Ciao Bello, 5161 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Cost: $95 per person

                 Ciao Bello will donate $5 per attendee to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

View the Menu!

At Ciao Bello, we use only the finest ingredients, expertly chosen for their flavor, freshness, and authenticity. Our pasta is always made in-house with water and flour imported directly from Italy and our in-house butcher makes sure each piece of meat is cut and trimmed to perfection daily.

Stay tuned for another wine dinner announcement from Vallone’s! Sign up for the Vallone’s mailing list here.

Houston Restaurant Weeks Extended Through September 30th!

Saluti! We are extending our Houston Restaurant Weeks through September 30!

For the fixed price of $20, enjoy a two-course lunch with Tuscan staples like Italian wedding soup and osso buco ravioli, slow-braised veal-stuffed pasta with marinara and wild mushrooms.

For just $22, join us for a two-course brunch featuring customer favorites, including our fried chicken with porcini, mashed potatoes, and sage honey.

And for only $35, indulge in a four-course dinner with your choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert. Start with the lamb meatball sliders with ricotta, spicy marinara, saba-onion jam, and pickled cucumber or the fried calamari. End with a housemade cannoli or strawberry cassata, heavenly angel food cake with housemade ricotta.

Whenever you order a HRW lunch or HRW brunch, we’ll donate $3 to the Houston Food Bank, providing nine meals to those in need. And whenever you order a HRW dinner, we’ll donate $5, which provides 15 meals. See this year’s HRW Brunch Menu, HRW Lunch Menu, and HRW Dinner Menu.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve your table now!

Houston Restaurant Weeks Returns to Ciao Bello!

Saluti! Raise your glass to a good cause!

We’re proud to be a part of Houston Restaurant Weeks. Come into Ciao Bello for brunch, lunch, or dinner from August 1 to September 4, and enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience in acasual, cozy atmosphere reminiscent of the neapolitan countryside.

For the fixed price of $20, enjoy a two-course lunch with Tuscan staples like Italian wedding soup and osso buco ravioli, slow-braised veal-stuffed pasta with marinara and wild mushrooms. For just $22, join us for a two-course brunch featuring customer favorites, including our fried chicken with porcini, mashed potatoes, and sage honey.

And for only $35, indulge in a four-course dinner with your choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entree, and dessert. Start with the lamb meatball sliders with ricotta, spicy marinara, saba-onion jam, and pickled cucumber or the fried calamari. End with a housemade cannoli or strawberry cassata, heavenly angel food cake with housemade ricotta.

Buy a meal. Benefit the Houston Food Bank.

Whenever you order a HRW lunch or HRW brunch, we’ll donate $3 to the Houston Food Bank, providing nine meals to those in need. And whenever you order a HRW dinner, we’ll donate $5, which provides 15 meals. See this year’s HRW Brunch Menu, HRW Lunch Menu, and HRW Dinner Menu.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve your table now!

Dad’s dessert is on us! Ciao Bello will be open all day on Father’s Day

Does Dad really need another tie? Do you really want to eat another overcooked burger while he slaves and sweats over a hot grill?

This Father’s Day, get Dad out of the house and let Ciao Bello take care of him the way that only Tony Vallone and Scott Sulma can.

And to sweeten the deal, Dad’s dessert is on us!

Ciao Bello will be open all day on Sunday, June 18, Father’s Day, 2017. Dessert offer valid with purchase of meal.

Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve now.

No one know Cannoli like Tony Vallone!

If you’ve never had a true Sicilian Cannoli, you don’t know what you’re missing.

And no one knows Cannoli like Tony Vallone…

PLEASE CALL (713) 960-0333 TO RESERVE.

Heading to Barolo country for vacation? Here are some travel tips!

Above: A view of the Castello di Barolo (left) on as you enter the village from the north arriving from Alba.

The summer is almost here and a lot of you are planning your trip to Piedmont and, in particular, to the Langhe Hills, the land of Barolo and Barbaresco, where you will enjoy some of the greatest wine and food tourism in the world.

Here are some basic tips (based mostly on questions that we get asked at this time of year) that will help make your trip more relaxing and fun.

You need to rent a car.

We get asked this all the time. Do I need to rent a car? The answer is yes, you do. While there is public transportation available and car service is also available in Langhe (although very expensive), you need a car for mobility in wine country.

Make sure you have a designated driver and be careful to observe the speed limit.

Like all EU countries, Italy practices zero tolerance for drunk (and buzzed) driving. That means that just one glass — yes, just one glass — takes you over the legal limit.

Italy also uses electronic camera cops (AutoVelox) and the speed limit is strictly enforced. In another era, it was tough for the Italians to track offenders. But now — believe us — that ticket will reach you via your rental car company and if you don’t pay, you risk losing your privilege to rent a car in Europe. It’s happened to more than one colleague of ours. It’s for real, people!

Reserve at restaurants well in advance.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at a restaurant you’ve long looked forward to and finding out that there is no availability. You’re not the only one eating your way through the Michelin guide while in Italy. Be sure to reserve well in advance.

Reserve winery visits (and always buy some wine).

Not all wineries offer winery tours and tastings but many do. It’s always important to reserve well in advance.

Especially when the tour is free of charge, it’s good form to buy at least a couple of bottles as a gesture of good will. It’s difficult to ship wines back to the U.S. (although it is possible). But there will always be time to open a bottle on the veranda of your hotel or at the end of the night when crave that last glass of Nebbiolo.

Don’t stay in Alba.

There are a lot of great hotels in Alba proper but traffic in and out can be challenging, especially at rush hour. It’s a really small town that doesn’t have a lot of access for traffic.

There are so many great little family-run hotels and b&b’s in the country side and they are generally very affordable. Staying outside Alba, makes getting around a lot easier.

Remember that Italian businesses, including wineries, close during lunch.

This one is self-explanatory and is a fact of life. Reserving well in advance is an easy way to avoid being stuck outside a winery waiting for it to open.

Don’t forget Roero!

Don’t limit your visit solely to Barolo and Barbaresco. There are many restaurants and wineries worth visiting outside of the Langhe on the other side of the Tanaro river.

There’s more to Italy than just food and wine.

Don’t let your food and wine passion eclipse cultural site-seeing. Piedmont is full of castles and art collections worth seeking out.

Say buon giorno, not ciao, when entering a business like a winery or restaurant.

Ciao is reserved for friends and family. Buon giorno (or buona sera, in the evening) is the way you should always address someone you don’t know. Arrivederci is a proper way to say goodbye.

Knowing this simple rule in Italian, even if it’s the only Italian you learn, sets the right tone for your visit.

Italian food proverbs: We’re all young at heart at the dinner table…

TONIGHT is the last night of Ciao Bello’s HALF-PRICED WINE LIST offer. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to enjoy some of the best Italian wines available in the U.S. at a great price. “No bottle is off limits,” says wine director Scott Sulma. Please call (713) 960-0333 to reserve now.

Here at Tony Vallone’s Ciao Bello we don’t just love Italian food: We live Italian food!

That’s one of the reasons why we love Italian food and wine proverbs so much.

One of Tony’s favorites is a tavola non s’invecchia mai. In other words, one never ages at the dinner table.

Our Italian table at Ciao Bello is a place where people of all ages and from all walks of life come together around great food and wine. And when it comes to sharing a great meal, we are all young at heart. A tavola non s’invecchia mai…

Image via the Ciao Bello Instagram.

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