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Houston’s number-one destination for AUTHENTIC Italian cuisine

Left: Tony Vallone speaking to a sold-out crowd at his recent Piedmont Wine Dinner, the latest in his series of regional Italian cuisine events.

A few weeks ago, the Houston culinary community honored Tony Vallone with one of its most prestigious accolades, the My Table magazine “Legends of Houston” title.

After a standing ovation from the guests at the packed-to-the-gills awards ceremony and dinner, Tony told the crowd that he hasn’t ever given a thought to retiring.

“I hope they take me out with pasta in one hand and a fish in the other,” he said to roaring applause.

When he used to visit the bait shops to buy calamari for his seafood dishes (because you couldn’t get in shops back when Tony started out) and making fresh pasta in his restaurants, Tony became the first restaurateur to serve truly authentic Italian cuisine in Houston.

Today, all these years later, his Ciao Bello — his “neighborhood Italian,” as he likes to call it — is the city’s number-one destination for real Italian cooking.

Ciao Bello’s menu is by an Italian. His name is Tony Vallone and he happens to live in Houston.

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