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When Trump and Nixon dined at Tony’s (New York Times)

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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…

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Memorial’s Hidden Treasure…

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The best happy hour in Memorial…

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Sparkling rosé by-the-glass at Vallones… from Italy of course!

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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.

Memorial’s “hidden treasure”. Come see what’s new at Vallone’s…

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At Vallone’s, our constantly-evolving menu and cocktail program are updated regularly with new dishes and cocktail recipes.

Even though you’ll always find your favorites on our menus, you’ll also always find something new to surprise the palate.

Tony likes to call Vallone’s “Memorial’s hidden treasure.” That’s because there’s always a new “gem” to discover at the bar or the dinner table.

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“Top-drawer service.” Some recent 5-star reviews for Vallone’s…

Photographed, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Houston. ( Nick de la Torre / )

Nothing gives us greater pleasure than knowing that our guests are enjoying their meal at Vallone’s.

Here are some highlights from recent reviews by guests on our Google page. Thank you to all our guests for making our work such a rewarding experience!

Excellent chicken fried steak on the lunch menu. Nothing cute, just cooked and prepared perfectly. If you didn’t know already, this is a really nice steakhouse, the filet is excellent, everything is really good with top-drawer service.

Eric C.

We went for our daughter’s birthday. It was probably the best steak I ever had. We had the fried green tomatoes, which were good. The bread was warm and very good. Cocktails/wine were great. We all had steak and another person in our party had the sea bass. It was all cooked to perfection. Our waiter, Alex, was excellent. We had a lovely time.

Lucinda W.

Great food great atmosphere, what you would expect from this type of restaurant. I had steak and it was tender and grilled perfectly, great experience.

Matt L.

Great steak and wine. The “Tex” is a great choice along with the Ahi tuna appetizer. French onion soup was also great. The rib eye was perfectly cooked and tender. I definitely recommend this place.

Clint M.

A fabulous dinner celebrating the wines of Dr. Madaiah Revana…

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night celebrate the award-winning wines of Houston cardiologist Madaiah Revana, who graciously presented labels from all three of his wineries and interacted with guests as they tasted the wines and enjoyed the menu created especially for the occasion by Tony Vallone and Scott Sulma.

That’s the Wyoming Elk as it was presented to the party before being carved for the guests.

What a stunning pairing for the 2010 Revana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon!

As Tony and Scott had predicted, it was a night to remember at Vallone’s.

Thanks to everyone who made it such a memorable evening.