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State of Grace preview
A court will decide whether dishes like garganelli pasta in white bolognese make State of Grace substantially similar to Ciao Bello. Photo by Eric Sandler
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Tony Vallone has filed suit against former Ciao Bello chef Bobby Matos.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Ciao Bello, dining room
Matos left Ciao Bello, shown here, to work at State of Grace. Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
State of Grace Ford Fry Bobby Matos
Bobby Matos, right, disputes Vallone's claims. He's shown here with new employer, State of Grace owner Ford Fry. Photo by Eric Sandler
State of Grace restaurant exterior
State of Grace recently opened across from Lamar High School. Photo by Clifford Pugh