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Mario's Ristorante

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Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Ice Cream
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2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
409-744-2975
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: It all started back in 1967 when Sicilian born Giovanni Smecca decided to...
It all started back in 1967 when Sicilian born Giovanni Smecca decided to move to Galveston, Texas from Patterson, New Jersey after hearing Glen Campbell’s famous “Galveston” during a card game. Giovanni always dreamed of being a professional fisherman, so he decided to give it a shot and made the drive to Galveston. After battles of sea sickness, Giovanni quickly decided that the fish business wasn’t for him.Heartbroken, Giovanni was about to move back to New Jersey when he met Mario Bonaccorso who was trying to open a pizzeria. The two became great friends, and together, these two young Italian entrepreneurs started Mario’s Flying Pizza and brought the “pizza pie” to Galveston Island.Today, we are still family owned and operated and are considered a delightful, neighborhood restaurant with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We serve a wide variety of Italian cuisine and New York style pizza and strive to use fresh, seasonal, ingredients wherever possible, so come on in, sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful meal and a nice glass of wine at Mario’s Ristorante!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really Really good pizza

We were looking for a good but not break the bank dinner. Mario's fit the bill perfectly. It was fun watching the guys toss and stretch the dough for our pizza. Even better was eating the really really good pizza!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Midway, Texas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Staff was excellent. Most of the family was served good meals while others were wondering what the meal was. Recommend pizza.

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Mahomet, Il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were looking for a good but not break the bank dinner. Mario's fit the bill perfectly. It was fun watching the guys toss and stretch the dough for our pizza. Even better was eating the really really good pizza!

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Humble, Texas
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here quite frankly because the two restaurants we had gone to previously were extremely full on a Saturday night. This place has a huge parking lot and lots space inside. So to find a place we could walk into with no wait was suspect to me.....I was wrong. Great pizza and good salads. Will be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Me and my husband ate there over the Memorial day weekend and the pasta dishes we had were amazing. I had the Angle Hair New England and he had the Lobster Ravioli. The place isn't fancy, but i thought the service and food was very good. I would eat there again.

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Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Not a fancy place but the dinner buffet was a great value at $15.99 The selection was varied and excellent. My husband had pizza which he said was very good. Friendly service also.

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Arkansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I ate off the buffet. The food was cold even a dish that was just brought out. The pizza on the buffet was good and hot if you got it as soon as it was brought out. My husband ordered off the menu and he liked what he got. The buffet seemed to be the big thing there but they... More 

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Cologno Monzese, Italia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

In my opinion this restaurant it's not so good. The pasta was very very hard to digest and the menu was wrong. The menu is exposed in italian language, but the words are wrong. Example: the wine. The sections of the wine are reversed. Vino Rosso in italy is the red wine, but in the menu you can fine a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Wait staff was horrible! Our greeter was rude, acted like we were a problem.. We brushed it off. Then our server, Serena? I think that was her name. Didn't even look at us, we never got a refill of water, our food was wrong, and we had to go to the host stand to pay our bill! Will never be... More 

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Eudora, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Best lasagna I have ever had at a restaurant!!! Portion sizes are huge. Took half of the food back to the hotel for a late dinner. Will definitely eat at Mario's when we return to Galveston. Restaurant also has pizza. Did not order pizza but several tables around us did. It looked like it would be very good

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Food was good but the prices were super expensive don't expect to get anything but your plate no no breadsticks and salad

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Additional Information about Mario's Ristorante

Address: 2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
Phone Number: 409-744-2975
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Ice Cream

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2202 61ST St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77551-1405
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: 409-744-2975

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

It all started back in 1967 when Sicilian born Giovanni Smecca decided to move to Galveston, Texas from Patterson, New Jersey after hearing Glen Campbell’s famous “Galveston” during a card game. Giovanni always dreamed of being a professional fisherman, so he decided to give it a shot and made the drive to Galveston. After battles of sea sickness, Giovanni quickly decided that the fish business wasn’t for him.Heartbroken, Giovanni was about to move back to New Jersey when he met Mario Bonaccorso who was trying to open a pizzeria. The two became great friends, and together, these two young Italian entrepreneurs started Mario’s Flying Pizza and brought the “pizza pie” to Galveston Island.Today, we are still family owned and operated and are considered a delightful, neighborhood restaurant with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We serve a wide variety of Italian cuisine and New York style pizza and strive to use fresh, seasonal, ingredients wherever possible, so come on in, sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful meal and a nice glass of wine at Mario’s Ristorante!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?