I thought they were shooting a scene for a new "God Father" Movie by all the cars parked in and around this new Italian Pizzaria but, low and behold... it was just the Grand Opening of the Mellow Mushroom in Mount Dora. I'd say wait at least a week before you try it but, it's BEEN A WEEK and it's still packed so, somebody besides me must like it. Several folks we spoke to, were back for the 2nd time. Suggest sitting outside as IT IS NOISY inside. The typical new Hi-Tech Architectural Trend for 16' + Ceilings, Exposed Steel I- Beams, Faux Hardwood Floors and Hang-down 'Cold' AC Ducts continues here so, get ready for a 'Conference Hall Experience'. Hey, maybe it's all the happy people?? The decor is great with themed, giant Steampunk 'Machinery' Statues, Hand-Painted Murals (which smack of Salvadore Dali), surprisingly 'Comfortable' Steel Chairs and Stainless Table Tops abound + 12 Large Booths in just ONE side of the Restaurant. Best of all: Outdoor Seating spans the perimeter of half the building and since your parked next to a Forest- it's the best seat in the house (as long as the cool weather exists & smoking is capped). Plenty of Great Young Servers and.... I counted 15 Pizza Chefs! There's 8 Draft Beers, with apparently, more coming, and a choice of 30 or more bottled beers. Ice Cold salads were served in unique 'tilted bowls' and, despite a 33 minute wait for dinner (pizza), it was remarkably quick given the turnout of smiling customers. Remarkable how the City saddled me with more then 20x the parking I needed for my business here yet, this place lacks anywhere near the parking needed for it's more then ample customer base. Thank God he's a major stockholder in the bank next door as it's parking lot is filled AND the parking lots of the rest of his neighbors :( This fancy Pizzaria is probably the Best Thing to happen to Mount Dora since the advent of Orange Groves.
"Specialty 'Medium' Pizza" Dinner, Soda Drinks and 2 Salads totaled $36 + tip so, it'$ no Mount Dora Pizza but, WILL give 'Pizza More' a run for their money- especially the overpriced $12 Subs. The ambiance is awesome, food great, service superb so, they get an enthusiastic Thumbs Up from us! Buona fortuna nella vostra attività