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Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza has landed in Galveston, years after being blown from the Bolivar Peninsula by Hurricane Ike. We stopped in on a Saturday evening and got the last table in the lively and busy eatery. The remodeling to the building is well done and the decor appropriately Italian with original murals and photos.

I was there with a couple of friends so we shared a reasonable bottle of pinot grigio. The beverage list has plenty of choices for any budget, including the de rigueur pitchers of draft beer. We decided to share a variety of dishes so we could explore the menu.

Throwing calorie concerns to the wind, we ordered both friend calamari and mushroom appetizers.. The mushrooms were hot and crunchy and well done in bite-size pieces; the calamari were tasty but a bit soggy. Both were accompanied by delicious red sauce. The 'small' but substantial Tuscan salad could be a meal in itself: romaine, tomato, red onion, olives, artichoke hearts, and of course feta, with a light oil and vinegar dressing.

Being a lasagna fanatic I convinced my friends we should try that. It was indeed excellent and came as an amazingly large portion (which made another meal for me the next day). It was freshly prepared and did not seem to be reheated as I often experience. I can honestly say it was one of the best examples of lasagna I have found locally.

Our Tuscan mood directed us toward the Tuscan pizza as well. We ordered a small one but it was quite generous. Crispy thin crust, fresh ingredients: chicken, spinach, tomato, feta, etc. with their garlicky red sauce. We all voted that we would order it again anytime.

We could not settle one dessert, so we ordered two. Tiramisu seemed most appropriately Italian and it was creamy and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My chocaholic friend demanded 'chocolate eruption' cake which was a bit different (and better) than I anticipated. It was a very large piece of cake with a thick layer of creamy chocolate. It could make me into a chocaholic as well. We had intended to request a to-go box for the dessert, but we accidentally consumed it all instead.

There are many other appealing menu choices which we will definitely experience on a future visit, cased on the quality of what we experienced this time. Along with great foot, the place is well-staffed and we enjoyed excellent service all evening. It is casual and family-friendly and there are menu choices for every budget.

Mama Teresa's is a welcome addition to the downtown restaurant scene. Mama will definitely give Island Italian restaurants some serious competition.

Article written by Galveston Restaurant Review