10 Best Italian Restaurants In Galveston, Texas

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Galveston is a resort city on Galveston Island with gorgeous weather that attracts thousands of tourists interested in outdoor sports. Tourists can enjoy surfing, fishing, kayaking, biking, golfing, and many other outdoor sports. Other attractions include Moody Gardens Amusement Park, Texas Seaport Museum, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and more. Galveston is also home to more than 400 Victorian-age historical buildings that can be seen in its historic districts. With so much to do, it is music to the ears of tourists that Galveston has a world-class food scene. Italian food is especially common on the island. Several Italian families migrated to Galveston and brought Italian cuisine with them. Since the introduction of Italian cuisine to the United States, more and more Americans have fallen in love with the food. This is because lovers of Italian food appreciate its emphasis on fresh ingredients and its simplicity. This is why we have compiled this list of the best Italian restaurants in Galveston, Texas.

1. Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant

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This restaurant is Galveston’s oldest Italian restaurant and it’s one of the best places to enjoy authentic Italian food on the island. The restaurant is located seaside which provides you with a tantalizing combination of beautiful views and delicious food. The restaurant’s menu includes dishes like lasagna, spaghetti, pies, seafood, and pizza. The restaurant’s specialty is gourmet pizza baked in a wood-fire oven. The restaurant is family-owned and the staff are helpful and friendly.

Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant

Address: 628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Website: Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm

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2. Gino's Italian Restaurant

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This restaurant has been family owned for more than 40 years, and you will be greeted by either Emanuele, Josie or Papa during your visit. The ambiance of the restaurant delicately balances an Italian old world flair with the relaxed spirit of Galveston. The food served in the restaurant is always generously proportioned and the menu includes dishes like spaghetti, sandwiches, various pasta dishes, chicken, shrimp dishes, calzones, and pizzas. At night, the soft lights hung around each window of the restaurant create a romantic atmosphere that will ensure some quality time spent with your significant other at the restaurant.

Gino's Italian Restaurant

Address: 6124 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77551, United States

Website: Gino’s Italian Restaurant

Opening hours: Sat - Mon, Wed, Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm (closed on Tue)

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3. Trattoria La Vigna

This is a cute little restaurant that serves authentic homemade Italian food. The menu of the restaurant is not large, but there are enough options to accommodate varied tastes. The menu includes homemade pasta, seafood, calamari, homemade desserts, garlic bread, and more. This is the right place to eat delicious homemade pasta that pairs brilliantly with great wine.

Trattoria La Vigna

Address: 412 20th St, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Website: Trattoria La Vigna

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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4. Sapori

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This is a BYOB (bring your own booze) restaurant with a modern and minimalist interior. Rosario and Nunzio’s restaurant serves such exceptional food that tables are often already booked. This means you need to make reservations before you visit, and even if you find open tables at the restaurant, they are often already spoken for. The menu has a unique Sicilian influence and it includes fresh seafood dishes, spaghetti, homemade ravioli, lasagna, cannoli, homemade desserts, and more. When you visit Galveston, pack your wines and come over to Sapori restaurant to indulge yourself in delicious Italian cuisine. You will be provided with a corkscrew and glasses for free.


Address: 7611 Stewart Rd, Galveston, TX 77551, United States

Website: Sapori

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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5. Mario's Ristorante

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Mario’s Ristorante was started many years ago by two friends, Mario and Giovanni, and today the restaurant is still family-owned. This relaxed neighborhood restaurant focuses on using fresh ingredients and it serves a variety of Italian cuisine, including the king of all foods, pizza. The restaurant offers free parking, a full bar, and a large menu. The menu includes Buffalo wings, cheese bread, calamari, bruschetta, ravioli, seafood dishes, salads, and much more.

Mario's Ristorante

Address: 2202 61st St, Galveston, TX 77551, United States

Website: Mario’s Ristorante

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

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6. Grotto Ristorante

Grotto Ristorante is an upscale Italian restaurant that can be found in the lobby of San Luis Resort in Galveston. The restaurant offers a very luxurious and cozy setting coupled with some of the best Italian food you will find in Galveston. Dishes are prepared daily with fresh ingredients and their signature vegetarian pasta dish is gluten-free. The menu includes Italian meat dishes, pizza, seafood dishes, antipasti, and more. Classic dishes at the restaurant you should definitely try are lasagne al forno and salmon brioso.

Grotto Ristorante

Address: 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, United States

Website: Grotto Ristorante

Opening hours: 3pm - 9pm (daily)

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7. Riondo's Ristorante

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In the heart of Galveston Island’s downtown area, you will find Riondo’s Ristorante where Italian food prepared with ingredients sourced from local farmers and local seafood is served daily. The owners McClaugherty and Rico Caminos describe their method as “farm to fork” and “sea to table”. The restaurant is set in an intimate space which used to be the vault of the defunct Hutchings Bank. The dishes served at the restaurant are based on Northern Italian food, and the restaurant’s owners use recipes that have been in the family for generations. The diverse menu includes antipasti, homemade pasta, seafood dishes, salads, sandwiches, chicken, and a lot more dishes that are sure to satisfy your hunger.

Riondo's Ristorante

Address: 2328 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Website: Riondo’s Ristorante

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm

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8. Mario's Pizza

We deliver to every square inch of Galveston and Tiki Island 409-443-5556 or 409-744-2975!

Posted by Marios Pizza Pirates Beach on Friday, 19 August 2016

This restaurant is owned by the same family that runs Mario’s Ristorante and it is one of the most popular Italian restaurants you will find on Galveston’s West Beach. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients and serves New York-style pizza. The menu includes salads, fried calamari, cheese, Buffalo wings, pizza, and more. The popularity of Mario’s Pizza means the restaurant is often busy, so you need to make sure you call and order ahead of your visit.

Mario's Pizza

Address:13708 FM3005, Galveston, TX 77554, United States

Website: Mario’s Pizza

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9:30pm; Sun: 11am - 8:30pm (closed on Mon)

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9. Papa's Pizza

Posted by Papa's Pizza on Thursday, 7 January 2016

Located along Seawall Boulevard, Papa’s Pizza has been filling hungry stomachs with their New York-style pizzas since 1973. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients daily to create the most perfect, mouth-watering dishes. It has a great family-friendly environment, so head over with your kids, parents or even your friends and enjoy some delicious pasta, chicken wings, salads, and pizza. So if Italian cuisine coupled with a friendly ambiance and great service is what you’re looking for, then Papa’s Pizza is the place to be.

Papa's Pizza

Address: 4400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551, United States

Website: Papa’s Pizza

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

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10. Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza

Posted by Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza on Wednesday, 18 March 2020

This small cozy restaurant can be found near 21st and Post Office streets in Galveston Island. It used to be based in Bolivar Peninsula for 25 years until it was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Today, the restaurant serves a variety of Italian food to Galveston residents and tourists alike. The restaurant’s menu includes pasta, chicken, seafood dishes, and possibly the best pizza you can get in Galveston. So head over with your gang and munch of some of Galveston’s finest Italian food.

Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza

Address: 416 21st St, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Website: Mama Teresa’s Flying Pizza

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 4pm - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

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Indulge in delicious Italian food at Galveston

Galveston Island has everything a tourist would want on a vacation. There are amusement parks, beaches, outdoor sports, historic buildings, and great eateries. The island’s many restaurants also cater to your cravings for multiple cuisines. For lovers of Italian food, check out any of the restaurants listed above and treat yourself to some exquisite food.

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