“An Evening in Naples” with Tony Vallone Wednesday April 6: A culinary extravaganza!
Above: Classic “Pulcinella” dolls for sale in a Naples market.
An Evening in Naples
Wednesday, April 6
Please call 713-395-6100 to reserve.
As Tony likes to say about his cooking, it is “inspired by Naples, influenced by Milan, and cherished by Houston.”
Tony travels all over the world in search of new culinary destinations, new cooking techniques, and the best in new and traditional foods. Not a year goes by that he doesn’t visit New York, Las Vegas, and Milan as he keeps up with the state of the culinary arts and sciences.
But his heart will always remain in a city that he also visits on a yearly basis: Naples.
The city of Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii isn’t just at the heart of Tony’s gastronomic universe because his family hails originally from that part of Italy. It’s also because Naples is home to one of the greatest and most venerated culinary traditions the world has ever known.
“While most of Italy was divided into small parochial city states during the Renaissance,” explains Tony, “Naples was already part of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. As a result, Neapolitan culture and gastronomy developed at faster pace. This was also thanks to the fact that in Naples you have the mountains, you have the sea, and you have some of the best growing areas in Italy. That’s why Neapolitan tomatoes and pasta, among so many other foods, are so famous. Even in Roman times, Naples was renowned for its unique combination of seafood and agriculture.”
On Wednesday, April 6, Tony will be celebrating this culinary tradition with “An Evening in Naples,” a special dinner to be held at Vallone’s (see reservation details below).
The event will feature five courses and four wines and a talk delivered by Tony. And he will also be visiting with tables individually.
If you’ve ever been to one of Tony’s “regional Italian cuisine” dinner series events, then you know how special these gathering are. If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you are missing!