Tony’s: a legacy of fine dining

Houston, Texas — “I plan to go out with a fish in one hand and pasta in the other,” Tony Vallone once said.

His eponymous restaurant, Tony’s, first opened in Houston in 1965. Over half a century, it evolved from a small Italian spot into a fine dining restaurant. Tony’s became the go-to place for dignitaries and celebrities from around the world to visit, including several US presidents.

But in September 2020, Houston lost its beloved “king of fine dining.” Tony Vallone, who brought authentic Italian cuisine to the city and changed the culinary landscape, has died aged 75. Now, those who loved him most carry his long legacy as a trailblazer.

Vallone’s wife, Donna, partnered with Kate McLean, the first woman to hold the chef de cuisine position at Tony’s. Together, they keep one of Houston’s largest restaurants in business and continue to serve the classic dishes that put Tony’s on the map. But they’re also planning new innovations, including the addition of a happy hour bar menu, an upgraded caviar service and seasonal tasting menus, to name a few.

“That’s what we’ve always done at Tony’s, how do we innovate? How do we continue to create?” said McLean, who is executive chef and partner at Tony’s. “Yeah, the classic stuff is important to keep and remember, but we’re a creative place here, so she and I bounce around a lot of ideas. We’re looking at things we want to change and ways to grow. I know it’s And now we’re just continuing to we do it and move forward and we don’t have him personally, but we definitely have him in spirit.”

“He would be very proud of how we’re carrying on in his absence and in his honor,” Donna Vallone said. “He was always recreating, remaking, paying attention.”

ABC’s Localish team caught up with the pair to see some of the exciting developments underway at Tony’s!

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