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Donna Vallone

Tony's Restaurant and Catering 


Donna was born in Olympia, Washington and at three months old was transplanted to Houston. After receiving a Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston, she began her 14-year professional career as a music teacher for HISD. Her final three years were spent teaching children with special needs at T.H. Rogers School.

Married to renowned restaurateur Tony Vallone for more than 36 years, Donna was always by his side in life and in business. Together, they were co-owners of Tony’s in Greenway Plaza. When Tony passed away in September 2020, Donna took the reins of Tony’s and continues to work vigorously, keeping her beloved husband’s legacy and vision alive through the culinary arts and dedication to service that he held as a standard at his flagship restaurant of more than 58 years.

Donna is also extremely active in the community, serving on several boards and advisory committees. She sits on the boards of the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Theatre Under the Stars, and Friends of Nursing at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Donna has a passion for life, love, and family. Her greatest loves are her late husband Tony and her family, always putting them first in her life. Her second love is music as she enjoys singing and attending music-inspired events around Houston. Donna is also a proud 15-year breast cancer survivor and an advocate for early detection. She will tell you – “a mammogram saved my life” – and as a result is a champion for annual check-screenings.