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“Excellent Italian Pizza!”
Review of Mario's Ristorante

Mario's Ristorante
Ranked #53 of 315 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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!
Reviewed June 3, 2013

On an Island that was once an immigration port, there are plenty of Italian restaurants! So to be a leader, one must be above average! Mario's Ristorante is that restaurant. We have eaten in and picked up, the quality is always superior! An excellent pizza! And yes, I've had pizza in New York! This will rival it at any time! When you're on the Island, stop in for a leisurely Italian meal or grab a pizza to go! Call ahead and it will be ready. You'll be glad you did!

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you are from the northeast, finding pizza that passes the taste test can be next to impossible. Luckily we found Marios on 61st St. The pizza is made just like the italians do in NY and NJ!

We never miss the chance to have a "taste of home" whenever we are on the island. We also have Mario's on our restaurant list for our guests.

Thank you, Mario's, for great food, service and atmosphere!

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

I've been visiting Mario's for years on my trips to Galveston and it is one of my favorite pizza places in the world. Fresh ingredients and the pizza is never less than perfect. I've eaten a few other Italian dishes there and they were good as well but the hand tossed pizza is THE reason to go. Reasonable prices as well.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Recommended by a friend, we called in for Take Out after a long day at the beach. Price is moderate. Note that their website menu was not up to date - some of the desserts had been discontinued. Their staff was very courteous on the phone, and the orde was ready in the 20 minutes estimated.

Mozzarella Sticks, Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Medium Carnivore, Large Good Health Special, 2 slices Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, 1 Chocolate Eruption, 1 Tiramisu, and 1 slice Carrot Cake totaled $90.30.

The hand-tossed pizza crust was that tough-to-find perfect balance of crunch, fresh-tender, and chewy. The Carnivore was loaded with meat. The sausage (which is what we criticize most often) was great - big chunks of fresh pork perfection (not weird lumps of over-spiced pork perversion). The Good Health Special crust was whole wheat - super tasty, a little nutty, and (if I had not follwed it up with too much of everything) comparatively light. We all liked the stuffed mushrooms. All the deserts were well made, moist, and tasty. The only thing we ordered that wasn't "better than most places" was the mozzarella sticks -- they were typical, pizza joint, fried cheese... which is yummy... just not unusually yummy.

If you are in Galveston, and want to have a night-in, consider doing delivery or take-out from Mario's. Made a great night for us.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We chose to try Marios because we had read great reviews on yelp and everything others said was true. This is literally the best Italian food I have ever eaten. The staff was very friendly, huge portions of food the atmosphere was a little quiet, we might have enjoyed a little more Italian decor and perhaps some more music, however the food was melt in your mouth authentic Italian . When we first walked in the hostess noticed our kids and told us to go over to the pizza chef and he would throw them some dough, which he did after hand tossing it!! My kids were so excited, overall this is an awesome family restaurant, we love Galveston and usually only eat seafood, but we are so glad we tried Mario's this will be a regular stop next time we are in Galveston!!

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