Bella Luna sits only a short pizza toss from the blue waters of Corpus Christi Bay. Owner Salvatore Colicci––who hails from the Bronx––bakes 22-inch New York-style pies, and he even personally rehabbed the eatery with tomato-red walls and arched porticos. The culinary advice of Sasha Grime has helped craft the traditional Italian menu, which employs delicate wine sauces for chicken and veal and outfits pastas in hearty bolognese. Bella Luna's housemade Italian desserts are also available for takeout or for delivery to those within a 5-mile radius, the same radius of the world’s 53rd largest pizza ever made.
Spaghetti and Seafood Works was originally built as a water park in 1979 before owner Jay Kenigsberg turned his eye to culinary thrills and cultivated a menu of fresh daily seafood, from-scratch pizzas, and other traditional Italian eats. Cordially invite chompers and ordained sea captains to the Seafood Feast's marriage of shrimp, fish, and crab cake ($25.99). The Giant Pasta Platter houses a noodle masterpiece of fettuccine alfredo and lasagna trimmed with manicotti and meatballs ($15.99). Mozzarella vines snare inattentive oregano shakers and customized pizza toppings, such as meatballs and Italian sausage ($9.50 for 12"; $10.99 for 16"; toppings $0.99+ each), and the the Dome steak's phyllo-dough ceiling shelters an 8-ounce fillet mignon slathered in dijon mustard ($23.99).
A towering chalkboard announces the menu at Chef Mark's restaurant, which certified executive chef Mark Carpenter erases and redrafts each day. Drawing from nearly 40 years of experience, Carpenter oversees an experienced kitchen staff as they whip up hearty comfort breakfasts and lunches from scratch. The restaurant's countertops steam with freshly made platters of pot roasts, meatloaf, and pork chops, and a salad bar showcases colorful vegetables and dressings. Meanwhile, a dessert bar is piled high with trays of warm cinnamon buns, crusty rolls, cookies, and pies. After selecting their meals, customers retire to a sunlit dining room filled with white-clothed tables. The welcoming, communal atmosphere is accentuated by decorative flower arrangements, a bookshelf of reading material, and a prohibition on duck hunting of any kind.