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Authentic Italian cuisine set against casual elegance

Tony Vallone’s greatest passion will always be authentic Italian cooking.

And while his flagship Tony’s on Richmond features some of his favorite Italian dishes on a weekly basis, Ciao Bello — his “neighborhood Italian restaurant” — is where he focuses on classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair.

As a young Italian-American growing up in Houston, Tony quickly realized that Houstonians have access to some of the best seafood in the U.S. He loves to remember how he would buy calamari from the local fisherman. They used it as bait because no one, back then, would ever think of serving calamari in a fine dining establishment.

Today, Tony still sources a lot of his seafood from local purveyors. But he also receives fish and seafood daily from both coasts — whether tuna from the Pacific Rim or Maine lobster from points east.

“It only makes sense that the menu at Ciao Bello would be centered around great seafood,” says Tony. “Here in Houston, we live on a body of water.”

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