Ever since the closing of Luigi’s Last year after 17 years of business, the Downtown and Strand have been craving Italian food. Finally, the wait is over. Riondo’s Ristorante is ready to satisfy those cravings. Located at 2328 Strand (24th Street & Strand) the restaurant has undergone a renovation that is sure to please.
Owners Don McClaugherty and Edgardo “Rico” Caminos have dedicated months of planning to transform the space to reflect their personalities. The name Riondo’s was conjured up by taking a combination of both owners’ nicknames and blending them together, Rico & Dondo.
Located in downtown Galveston in the Historic Hutchings & Sealy Bank Building, as you step inside you are greeted by a large fish tank in the main bar area where you can sit and have a drink before your table is ready. Original mosaic floor tiles still intact add to the historic significance of the space. The color palate was inspired by the colors of Tuscany which are amplified by the soaring ceilings in the space. Custom lights hang from suspended tracks with vintage Edison light bulbs that add to the experience. Custom made dining tables made from Swedish Pine and Douglas fir awaits your arrival. Once you enter the dining room your eyes are drawn to a wall of Custom Mason jar sconces that are mounted on reclaimed wood from Galveston. Careful attention was paid to create a captivating décor.
Riondo’s will feature locally or sustainably caught seafood fresh from the Gulf. They will specialize in Tuscan style Northern Italian cuisine and will feature handmade items from scratch; pasta, pizza dough, bread and handmade mozzarella.
Don McClaughery, originally from Park City, Utah, loves the Galveston life style and all of the history the city has to offer but mostly the laid back environment and the good vibes that come along with island living.
Riondo’s owners have also brought in James Cole to be part of their team. Cole was the executive chef for over eleven years at the acclaimed restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in River Oaks. James is very pleased to be able to share his expertise and talents as part of the Riondo’s team.
Riondo’s Ristorante is open from 11 a.m. to close seven days a week. For more information, please visit Riondos.com, facebook.com/riondos or call (409) 621-9595.