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Mayor Parker proclaims April 1 “Tony Vallone Day”

Left: Donna and Tony Vallone.

It was fifty years ago today that Tony Vallone first opened the doors of his celebrated and critically acclaimed restaurant Tony’s on Sage in 1965.

To honor this momentous occasion, Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed April 1 “Tony Vallone Day.”

The text of her proclamation follows.

For his own celebration of the anniversary, Tony is planning a gala event at the restaurant to benefit Memorial Hermann Life Flight on November 19, 2015.

We’ll be posting event details as soon as they become available. So please stay tuned.

And in the meantime, thank you for sharing Tony’s fifty years as one of America’s great gastronomic pioneers and one of Houston’s most beloved restaurateurs.

From the office of Mayor Annise Parker, Houston:

WHEREAS, Tony Vallone and his restaurant, Tony’s, have set a new standard for fine Italian dining in Houston ever since the restaurant opened in April 1965; and,

WHEREAS, Tony Vallone has been widely recognized — in Houston and beyond — as an American gastronomic pioneer who introduced authentic Italian cuisine to a generation of food lovers in Texas; and,

WHEREAS, today, as a culinary renaissance continues to expand across the country, Tony Vallone stands apart as a prince among foodies and an indefatigable champion of gastronomic innovation and creativity; and,

WHEREAS, on April 1, 2015, Tony’s will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The City of Houston commends and recognizes Tony’s for its exceptional service and extends best wishes for continued success.

THEREFORE, I, Annise D. Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim April 1, 2015, as Tony Vallone Day.

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