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47 Tony's Houston Restaurant Weeks dishes July 2014
Pansoti: squash-filled pasta, parmesan puff, sage essence. Photo by Joel Luks
38 Tony's Houston Restaurant Weeks dishes July 2014
Tortellini Modenese: san daniele prosciutto and mortadella-stuffed, cipollini pomodoro. Photo by Joel Luks

Throughout the month of August, CultureMap will be running a series of videos to highlight some of Houston Restaurant Week's most intriguing menus. First up is Tony's.

The Italian-inspired restaurant in Greenway Plaza, long considered one of Houston's best fine dining restaurants, makes a return to Restaurant Weeks after a one-year absence.

Take a look at the four-course, $45 menu menu in the video above. Choices include Tony's signature housemade pastas, as well as entrees like roasted duck and snapper Sheridan. The restaurant will donate $7 for every HRW dinner sold to the Houston Food Bank.

 Vallone knows how important it is for the restaurant to put its best foot forward, and the well-trained staff stands ready to deliver. 

While sometimes diners worry that Houston Restaurant Weeks' discounted price point means inferior ingredients or cut-down portions, Tony's offers people the exact same experience regardless of whether diners order from the regular menu or the Restaurant Weeks one. Furthermore, owner Tony Vallone states that he realizes many people may use HRW to try Tony's for the first time, and he plans to greet as many of the newcomers as possible. The restaurant also sports a fresh new look thanks to a mural by local artist John Palmer.   

For Vallone, Houston Restaurant Weeks is an opportunity to give back to the community that's supported Tony's for almost 50 years. Even though most people might not return the other 11 months of the year, Vallone knows how important it is for the restaurant to put its best foot forward, and the well-trained staff stands ready to deliver.

His other restaurants, casual Italian spot Ciao Bello and steakhouse Vallone's, are also participating in Restaurant Weeks. 

Based on the dishes we sampled after filming the video, my ideal Tony's menu would be the tortellini followed by duck with tuxedo cake for dessert. However, for those who've never been to Tony's, at least one person at every table should spend the $8 extra to try the individual souffle. It is truly one of Houston's best desserts.  

Houston Restaurant Weeks runs through Sept. 1. 

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