When I arrived in South Padre (my first time ever), Gabriella's was the first place that I ate. Although my family and I had to wait about 25 minutes for our table, we were escorted to Gabriella's upstairs waiting area with ample seating, games (chess, checkers, etc.), a bar, and even a very entertaining magician. Soon enough, our table was ready and we were led to a comfortable, dim-lit dining area with a neat atmosphere complete with an old Italian musical playing.
The food at Gabriella's was by no means the best Italian food I have ever had, but it was still very appetizing and delicious. I ordered the Pasta a la Tonno, a flavorful pasta dish with yellowfin tuna that was very good. The portions were fairly large, and almost everyone in my family boxed their pastas to eat for lunch the following day.
My family was planning on returning to Gabriella's on a Tuesday to try their pizza (which looked good from what I saw at other tables), but the restaurant was closed unfortunately. Overall, Gabriella's was a great way to kick off my vacation in South Padre and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for good Italian on the island!
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