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“Old fashioned Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mario's Ristorante

Mario's Ristorante
Ranked #41 of 308 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Buffet, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
Corpus Christi, Texas
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Old fashioned Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Want authentic Italian? We had thin crust pizza which was perfect for us. The tables around us had other dishes which looked good too. The wine list was adequate, we had attentive service, and the price was good.

  • Visited February 2014
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Grant, Michigan, United States
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“Delicious pizza!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

We ordered 2 pizzas, a Mario's special & one other. Plenty of toppings, good crust - not great, but overall.....a very good choice.

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Galveston, Texas, United States
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“My favorite restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

This isn't just my favorite place to eat on the island, but one of my top restaurants ever. I've been eating their food for over 20 years now. Best pizza, and spaghetti & meatballs you'll eat!!

  • Visited January 2014
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Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Pizza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Eat here every time we go to Galveston. Excellent pizza. We need to try some other items on the menu but the pizza is just that good!

Visited January 2014
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austin
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114 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

We ate here New Years Eve. We called ahead of time to make reservations and had no trouble getting a table. I recommend the house salad with the house Italian dressing. It is creamy and not too tart. The salad has ham, salami and cheese pin rolls in with the mixed spring greens. It was enough for two people to share. The pizza was some if the best. It has an authentic Italian flavor to the sauce. Eggplant Parmesan was piled high like lasagna, instead of spread out. The cianti was very good and the service was excellent. I recommend this restaurant, it's been around for a long time.

  • Visited December 2013
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