There’s more to Galveston than just seafood

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GALVESTON, TX – When it comes to eating out in Galveston, odds are the first thing that comes to mind is seafood. And why not? With so many places to choose from and fresh fish coming in by the boatload every day, it’s hard not to. But if you think that’s all the island has to offer, you’re selling yourself short.

Take a peek inside Di Bella’s.

“It’s a family-style restaurant,” owner Charles Di Bella explains. “We don’t serve family-style on big plates, but it’s a gathering, as much a social event as it is dinner.”

The place has been turning out classic Italian dishes from the same location on 31st Street for more than 25 years. And in that time it’s played host to more that its share of celebrities. But anyone in the restaurant business will tell you, it’s not celebrities that make a place last as long as Di Bella’s has, it’s the food. And the people who keep coming back time and again.

“We have our regular customers that we’ve had for twenty-years that come in at the same time,” Di Bella says. “We can tell you where they’re going to be sitting and it’s on a first-name basis and it’s just family.”

But this week it’s about more than food and family. It’s Restaurant Week in Galveston and Chew on This: proceeds from your meal here benefit the Galveston County Food Bank.

“The food bank is a very, very good organization and help is just well deserved for them,” Di Bella says.

So if you’re heading to the beach this weekend and looking for something beside the usual fish and shrimp, take a stroll off the seawall and see what you can find. You might be surprised what else is out there and who you might be helping.