Here’s what Houston Press food editor and restaurant critic Phaedra Cook had to say about Tony’s and Vallone’s, two of Houston’s “most romantic restaurants”:
Restaurateur Tony Vallone’s premier establishment has been a fine dining destination for more than 50 years and is an important part of Houston history. Yet it never stands still and often dishes reflect the local harvest as much as Italian tradition, such as spigola or European seabass, enhanced with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit. Tony’s is much more approachable than many might expect for a restaurant of this caliber. Service is always attentive and the lovely dining room, with the striking Three Graces statue near the center, makes a great setting for a romantic dinner. People on the west side of Houston might check out Vallone’s in the Gateway Memorial City center instead.