Houston Restaurateur, Tony Vallone Passes After a Full Life and Long Legacy

55-years of Excellence and Innovation in Food and Service

Houston, Texas- September 10, 2020– It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of Houston Restaurateur, Tony Vallone. The country has lost one of the greatest mentors, chefs, and restaurateurs. Tony’s legacy will continue on with his restaurant, Tony’s in Greenway Plaza and Tony’s Catering. 

Tony always said “I’m going out with pasta in one hand and fish in the other,” an ode to his passion and adoration for cuisine. Tony passed along that passion to many throughout the city and country and served as a mentor for his Executive Chef Austin Waiter, General Manager Eric Pryor and his devoted team past and present- some of whom worked with Tony for 40-plus years. 

Tony’s wish was for the restaurant to continue, and Donna Vallone alongside Tony’s staff and family will honor that wish and his legacy with normal business operations after a brief closure from Thursday, September 10 to Monday, September 14th reopening on Tuesday, September 15th. 

Donna Vallone, Tony’s wife of 36 years and partner stated “I’ve lost the love of my life and best friend, but I will continue Tony’s legacy.” 

Many were impacted by Tony’s vigor for the restaurant industry and learned from his dedication to excellence, innovation and attention to detail. Tony strived to provide every guest with an experience of excellence in food and service and Chef Austin Waiter, General Manager Eric Pryor and the integral team will carry on his renowned legacy. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date and there will be more details to come in regards to memoriam donations. 


Tony’s For more than 55 years Tony’s has served the Houston community and beyond. Tony’s is renowned for excellence in food and service made with the best quality ingredients. Tony’s presents fine dining Italian inspired by Naples, influenced by Milan and cherished in Houston.


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