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Passionate cooking for Valentine’s Day

tony vallone

Above: Chef Bobby Matos, left, works closely with Tony Vallone to craft every dish on Ciao Bello’s menu.

Our cooking is about passion.

Passion in our selection of ingredients from Italy and from American farms and ranches, passion in our attention to detail and execution, and most of all our passion in our obsession with great cooking and great food.

This year as we prepare for our Valentine’s Day celebration at all of our restaurants, I’m particularly excited about the Valentine’s Day menu at Ciao Bello, the restaurant I like to call my “neighborhood Italian.”

Not only did Ciao Bello get a rave review from Houston Press restaurant critic Kaitlin Steinberg in late 2013, it was also called the “best Italian restaurant in Houston” by the paper’s editors.

I work closely every day with chef de cuisine Bobby Matos and I’m thrilled to see that Houstonians and the Houston food media are recognizing the caliber of work that we’re doing there.

As much as I love the cuisines of so many different countries, I can’t think of a better cuisine than Italian for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

After all, Italians are as passionate about passion as they are about great food.

Buon San Valentino a tutti! Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

—Tony Vallone

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