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Happy New Year from the family at Vallone’s, Memorial’s Hidden Treasure!
We have so many exciting new menu items lined up this month, a slew of new cocktails and happy hour items, and even some new wines that we are featuring in our “50 wines under $50” program.
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Happy 2017, everyone! We are looking forward to another great year!
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…
Come see what’s new at Vallone’s, including our popular happy hour…
One of the things that sets the Vallone family of restaurants apart in Houston’s ever-expanding food scene is Tony’s connections to Italy.
Last week, Tony hosted winemaker Cristina Ziliani (above, left), owner of the Berlucchi winery in Franciacorta, an appellation about 45 minutes east of Milan where classic-method sparkling wines are produced.
“I go to Milan every year,” says Tony. “The best restaurants there all serve Franciacorta by-the-glass. They love Champagne as much as we do here in the U.S., of course. But Franciacorta has richer fruit flavors. It’s fresher and it’s more food-friendly. After all, it’s Italian! And that’s why I’ve been serving Franciacorta by-the-glass at all my restaurants.”
“Franciacorta is one of our favorite wines here at the Vallone family of restaurants,” says Scott Sulma, who oversees the wine programs at all three restaurants. “It just works so well with the food. You can even pair the rosé with our 55-day-aged steaks.”
Look out for the Berlucchi Franciacorta sparkling Rosé, made from 100 percent Pinot Noir grapes.