Here’s what leading Houston food writer Mai Pham had to say about Tony’s table-side service this week for Forbes Travel:
When it comes to Tony’s tableside service, the lyrics to Carly Simon’s iconic ’70s ballad immediately come to mind: “Nobody does it better.” Proprietor Tony Vallone has been the king of Italian fine dining in Houston for more than 50 years. The secret to his longevity? He knows how to make everyone feel like royalty — never mind that he’s actually served Princess Margaret or that celebrities such as Barbara Walters or Andrea Bocelli have been patrons.
When you order dishes such as the chateaubriand or steak au poivre, a beautiful silver guéridon will be wheeled to your table so that the meat can be carved and served in front of you. Shaved truffle dishes and hand-pulled mozzarella get the same treatment, as well as myriad sweets, including flambéed desserts, baked Alaska and floating islands.