We’re so spoiled to live in Houston, one of America’s top food cities, where Tony Vallone has set the standard for fine dining for a generation. And as fortunate as we are to have him here, we often forget that Tony is widely considered a “national treasure” in the gastronomic arts.
In case you missed it, Tony and Tony’s were featured last month in the New York Times in a front-section article entitled “When Donald Trump Partied with Richard Nixon.”
“They dined at Tony’s,” wrote the Times, “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.”
And just this week in an article for the Huffington Post, John Mariani, former restaurant reviewer for Esquire and New York magazine and author of countless books on food and fine dining, hailed Tony’s as “one of the finest Italian restaurants in America, with one of the foremost wine lists anywhere… I’ve never been less than amazed at what was brought to the table.”
Over the years, thanks to Tony’s connections in the world of fine wine, the restaurant has become one of the leading venues for fine wine dinners.
On Wednesday, January 18, Tony will be personally presenting winemaker Luca Currado and the wines of Vietti, one of Barolo’s most historic and collected wineries.
“Over the last decade,” writes leading Piedmont wine critic Antonio Galloni, “few producers in Piedmont have achieved a level of consistent brilliance on a par with Vietti.”
“Now in its fourth generation, Vietti remains very much a family affair. Winemaker Luca Currado, his brother-in-law Mario Cordero, along with their families and tightly knit staff, have taken the early groundbreaking work of Alfredo and Luciana Currado and built upon those successes, reaching an unprecedented level of consistency and quality across their entire range. Vietti is the only estate in Piedmont that owns vineyards in all eleven of the Barolo-producing villages. Many of the parcels are located in the region’s most historic and pedigreed sites.”
Vietti was one of the pioneers of single-vineyard “cru” designated wines in Piedmont. Galloni cites their Barolo Rocche as one of the wines that “changed the history of Piedmont forever.”
On January 18, Tony and his guests will be tasting a number of Luca’s single-vineyard wines with the winemaker himself. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience these wines at one of the greatest Italian restaurants in the U.S. Tony will be creating the menu himself especially for the occasion.
DINNER WITH VIETTI WINEMAKER
LUCA CURRADO AND TONY VALLONE
Wednesday, January 18
4 courses – 6 wines
$250 per person
not including tax & gratuity
PLEASE CALL (713) 622-6778 TO RESERVE.