Galveston Island is a diverse community which lends itself to a great variety of restaurants often owned by local families.
If you are staying downtown, a popular choice is Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano
at 2328 Strand. Owner Luigi Ferre offers Northern Italian dishes and is typically working in the kitchen but will come out to occasionally check on guests. If you let the waiter know that it’s a special occasion, like a birthday, Luigi will serenade the guest. Try the Penne Alla Vodka e Filleto or the Pollo Gratella. The bread is delicious and Luigi makes all his own pasta. Luigi’s also offers a chef’s choice four-course dinner. He recently added Paninis to his lunch menu too. Luigi’s is closed on Sundays.
For years, Charlie DiBellas has operated DiBella’s Restaurant
at 1902 31st
Street. You’ll often see Charlie at the bar or at a table visiting with his patrons. Try their steaks or the any of the pasta dishes. My personal favorite is Chicken DiBella but their 3-Cheese Chicken or Shrimp is also popular along with his Marsala and Picatta dishes. It’s definitely a local favorite. DiBella’s is closed on Mondays.
Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant
at 628 Seawall is known for its hand-tossed pizza and pasta. If you are looking a quick place for lunch they offer a huge lunch buffet during the week. Try their Penne Del Sol and the Margherita Pizza. They offer a huge variety of pasta dishes and gourmet pizzas. Marios is part of Galveston Restaurant Group which is owned by brothers Johnny and Joey Smecca and partner Danny Hart. Mario’s is open daily and they also offer a brunch menu on Sundays.
at 2202 61st
Street has been a long standing Galveston tradition. This is another family owned restaurant owned by the cousins of the Seawall location. This Mario’s also offers an extensive buffet for lunch. Try the Lobster Ravioli, Shrimp Sofia and any of their pizzas and submarine sandwiches. You will not be disappointed. Mario’s is open daily.
Gino’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
at 6124 Avenue S is another popular choice especially after a long day at Schlitterbahn or Moody Gardens. Their combination plates, sandwiches and pasta dishes are tasty and filling. They offer an affordable lunch menu and traditional toppings on their hand-tossed pizzas. My favorite sandwiches are the Combination and Chicken Parmigiana. Gino’s is closed on Tuesdays.