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The Classic American Hamburger, one of our country’s truly “national” dishes, served from sea to shining sea.
But in recent years, the hamburger has also found its way across the Atlantic ocean: Today, hamburgers and amburgherie (ahm-BUR-gheh-REE-eh), in other words, hamburger joints, are among the most popular dishes in Italy.
Don’t believe us? Just look at this post from a popular Italian food blog from last year. It offers readers a list of the “best hamburgers in Milan” (and there are many of them!).
Just because we are passionate about Italian food here at Ciao Bello doesn’t mean that we don’t also dabble in American food.
And after all, what could be more Italian than a hamburger?
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“Tony Vallone excels at orchestration,” writes food editor Greg Morago for the Houston Chronicle. “You don’t get to mark more than half a century in the restaurant business, as Vallone has, without knowing how to coordinate elements to deliver the maximum punch.”
“And perhaps that’s why he chose to trumpet a new chef at Ciao Bello two months after the toque already started. But in announcing the arrival of executive chef Alan Paryzek, Vallone did more than post a simple “new hire” notice. The statement of a new talent in the Ciao Bello kitchen comes with news that the six-year-old Tanglewood Italian restaurant also boasts new menus and a remodel of its dining room.”
“The 39-year-old Paryzek comes to the Vallone Restaurant Group after many years as a chef with Hyatt Hotels in Austin and Dallas. Originally from the Czech Republic, Paryzek inherited his love of the business from his mother who ran a restaurant in Chicago where he grew up. “The kitchen was my babysitter,” he said recalling his family’s business…”
HOUSTON — They still talk about the Saturday night here 27 years ago when Donald J. Trump partied with former President Richard M. Nixon.
Dressed in tuxedos, they sang “Happy Birthday” to Texas royalty — former Gov. John B. Connally and his wife, Nellie, whose birthdays were a few days apart — as Nixon played the tune on a white baby grand piano. They dined at Tony’s, the “21” Club of Houston, and Nixon was so fond of the cannelloni pasta that he asked the owner, Tony Vallone, to write the recipe for him on a yellow legal pad. And when it was all over, Mr. Trump flew Nixon back to New York on his 727 private jet.
It happened one weekend in March 1989…
A native Houstonian, Ciao Bello’s new managing partner David Siegman began working at Tony’s in 2009 after returning to Houston with a bachelor’s degree in government from UT in Austin, where he had already been working in the restaurant trade for four years.
“He had been recommended to me by a client and friend and then Scott happened to spot him and suggested, independently, that he apply for a manager’s position at Ciao Bello,” says Tony. “And so we had him ‘cut his teeth’ at Tony’s, as they say. We always knew he’d be a great manager at Ciao Bello.”
As of November, 2016, David is now a managing partner with the group and oversees operations at Ciao Bello, Tony’s Vallone’s “italianissimo” Tanglewood trattoria, where classic Neapolitan dishes meet creative Italian cuisine.
“When I decided to try my hand at the restaurant business,” says David, “I knew I wanted to be the best. And to be the best, you need to learn from the best. Tony and Scott are two of the most dedicated and passionate restaurant professionals that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. The menu at Ciao Bello is the best representation of true-to-the-roots Italian cuisine in Houston, my hometown, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this amazing team.”
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