Welcome to Eater Scenes, where an Eater photographer visits a restaurant to capture it at a certain, very specific time. Today, Eater writer and photographer Ellie Sharp shares these photos from Vallone's in Gateway Memorial City.
With ties to Houston institution Tony's—Tony Vallone's other namesake restaurant—young steakhouse Vallone's instantly piqued the interest of many locals around town. And it's been delivering the upscale dining experience and masterfully executed fare that most people expected. Apart from 55-day dry-aged steaks, house-made pastas and fresh vegetables, the establishment also has an extensive menu of seafood offerings and creative sides, as well as a Ferris wheel of meat that flaunts premium-grade cuts. As stunning as the food itself is the elegant space. The décor, by architect Shafik Rifaat, is a sleek mix of dark wood, dark leather and distinctive art, like the copper pots and pans melded into neat rectangular frames. When entering the 12,000-square-foot restaurant, diners are greeted by a glass panel showcasing 2,000 bottles of wine. As for the service, managing partner Scott Sulma and general manager Chuck Criswell deliver the same dining experience as the did at both Tony's and Eddie V's, respectively.
Here now, take a look at the seven-month-old restaurant at 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night: