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A BUFFET OF DREAMS

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By Trishna Buch
For the past month I have been trying to eat healthy. And I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. I say I’m trying to eat healthy, I spend a day eating vegetables and then the next day I have a cookie in one hand, a Frappuccino in the other and I have no recollection of ever having made that healthy-eating vow.
But this time, things have been different. I’ve been working out every day, eating more healthy foods, eating less unhealthy foods and been feeling really good. But I’m human and I like food and I like junk food. And, like all of us, I need my cheat days. So I decided that today—the 1st of the month—would be my cheat day. Luckily, it coincided with a coworker’s birthday and a “last-day-of-class” pizza party at college. A few weeks ago I had gone down to Samaritan Women Of The Well to conduct an interview and, while I was there, I saw a restaurant called Rosario’s. I am a huge Italian food fan so, when I got back to the office, I told a co-worker that she, myself and another co-worker should go there for lunch one day. And so we made the plans to go today—May 1st. Located at 3202 13th Avenue North in Texas City, Rosario’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant is a dream for any Italian food fan. According to their website, rosariosflyingpizza.com, the restaurant was opened in 1978 by Rosario Maira. Maira gained his passion for
cooking at a young age, when he was growing up in Sicily and helped his mother in the kitchen. Even before I ate, the first thing I noticed about Rosario’s was its ambiance. It’s a decent-sized restaurant; not too big where you feel overwhelmed and not too small that you feel claustrophobic. It is, as Goldilocks would say, “just right.” The tables are adorned with red checkered tablecloths, which reminded me of the pizza places I went to as a child, and the counter and payment kiosk is decorated with children’s drawings. So is Rosario’s a family-friendly place? I would say yes. But the ambiance is only the beginning. Because, of course, the most important part of the restaurant is the food. People can choose from a variety of menu items including: Chicken Parmigiana, various types of pizzas, Shrimp Po Boy, Chicken Wings, Spaghetti (with various vegetable toppings), fried mozzarella cheese sticks and much more. However, if you decide to eat between 11:00am and 2:00pm, I suggest trying their buffet. When I went into the restaurant, the buffet was filled with a spread of four types of pizza, two types of pasta, a delicious garlic bread, cheese and broccoli, salad, potatoes and a wonderful cherry cobbler. My co-workers and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on all of these treats. Being that Italian food is my favorite cuisine, I assumed that the pizza and pasta would be my favorite but, biggest surprise, I actually enjoyed the cheese and broccoli. And, just to clarify, that’s broccoli with cheese melted on it. I’m going to give you a minute to re-read that previous line. Yes. I enjoyed a vegetable, broccoli no less, over pizza and pasta. And this was an opinion shared by both of my co-workers, although we all agreed that the cheese on top did help. And as we were leaving, we were already planning our next visit. So if you are looking for a place for a nice meal—buffet or a la carte—I suggest Rosario’s.
If you are looking for a place that is family-friendly, I suggest Rosario’s. If you
are looking for a place where you can go with your friends and have a nice sit-down meal, but not waste too much time waiting for your food, I suggest Rosario’s. The restaurant is open Sunday to Tuesday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm and on Friday from 11:00am to midnight. If you would like more information, visit their website or call 409-948-3271.

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