There’s a reason Bella Nonna Pizzeria and More has developed a loyal following during the coronavirus pandemic. This family-owned and operated restaurant offers a variety of scratch-made, New York-style, brick oven pizzas to include Amore Pepperoni, Bianco, and BBQ Chicken. In addition, they offer Italian classics such as lasagna, eggplant parmesan, calzones and the best garlic knots around. While owned by Rob and Susan Christian, the restaurant is operated primarily by family members Juan Fernandez and Casey Christian. They pride themselves in serving delicious food and providing high-quality service. The restaurant also offers takeout, delivery and online ordering.
Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday: 11am-9pm
Bella Nonna Pizzeria and More
Burgers for breakfast? You’ll want to try that at BTW, an out-of-the-box restaurant that uses uncommon combinations of toppings and sauces to create unique, fresh-made burgers, tacos and waffles. The Breakfast in Bed Burger is a half-pound burger topped with bacon, egg, cheese and tater tots on a waffle bun. The Trailer Park Taco is reminiscent of Lake County’s Southern flavors with fried chicken, sweet barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. Winner Winner pairs fried chicken breast with buttermilk waffles. For dessert, My Secret Lover is a red velvet waffle topped with Nutella sauce, white chocolate chips, berries, cream cheese, whipped cream and powdered sugar. “We’re not necessarily the best place for a diet, but our flavors are going to blow your mind,” general manager Jenny Deschenes says. The rustic, artsy restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and is pet-friendly.
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday 11am-11pm; Saturday 12pm-11pm; Sunday 12pm-10pm
BTW – Burgers, Tacos, Waffles
Claire’s Creperie in Mount Dora does “all things crepes,” offering a large selection of both sweet and savory crepes, weekly specials featuring locally sourced ingredients, as well as keto and gluten-free options. Owner Claire Ernst grew up making crepes with her dad, and her signature crepe is the Something Good, filled with cheesecake cream and fresh strawberries, and topped with powdered sugar and strawberry sauce. You also can try the Monte Cristo, a savory crepe with turkey, ham and Muenster cheese topped with powdered sugar and raspberry glaze. The creperie also has specials, such as the Croatian and the Macedonian, inspired by international students who have been hosted by Claire and her husband.
Thursday 10am-6pm; Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm
Mix a little bit of Florida with a little bit of Louisiana and you get a gumbo of great food choices at Eaton’s Beach. And what better place to enjoy a meal than on the waterfront. Signature dishes include shrimp and grits, shrimp Creole, Cajun sweet fried chicken and “3C’s Little Bs’ Mac & Cheese.” Florisiana favorites include bronzed redfish, Charleston platters of scallops or shrimp, and the Washday Special, grilled Louisiana Andouille sausage or bronzed chicken over Balaya rice and red beans with ham. Grab a sandwich or a steak burger made from black Angus. Even the appetizers will give you that Florisiana flavor: Ybor City gumbo, smoked fish dip or peel ’n’ eat shrimp. Save room for desserts such as orange cake, pecan pie or Reese’s peanut butter pie. Eaton’s Beach offers Grubhub delivery, beach rentals, live entertainment, a snack bar, catering and availability for private parties. Hit the beach!
Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm
Eaton’s Beach Florisiana Cuisine Restaurant
Ellen Bruce wanted to run her own restaurant since she was 13. Her lifelong dream came true in September 2019 when she opened Ellen’s Café on 3rd. Customers come from 30 miles away to try her made-from-scratch food, including chicken salad, barbecue pulled pork and cranberry congealed salad. The restaurant has a private room with a working fireplace that can accommodate 40 guests for business meetings and private events. Parties can order off Ellen’s menu and use the room for free or bring their own food and drinks and pay $100. The restaurant continues to practice social distancing.
Ellen’s Café on 3rd
When you visit Great Chicago Fire & Brewery, you can expect an extensive menu of Chicago-specific foods, including Chicago-style Italian beef, Italian sausage, gyros, meatball subs, Chicago-style tamales and pizza puffs. Most of the ingredients come directly from Illinois, including vienna sausages, poppyseed buns, neon-green relish, pickles and mustard for their Chicago-style dogs. They also serve a lesser known Chicago-style thin crust pizza, baked to a golden brown and cut into squares. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating while you sip their 311 Amber, Southern Brown and House IPA, or one of their seven unique beers on tap, where you can find an updated list at onourtaps.com.
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
Great Chicago Fire & Brewery
Culinary creativity comes alive at The Kitchen Café, tucked away inside the Southern Gardens Mall in Downtown Leesburg. The “create-your-own-bowl” option allows diners to choose a base product such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, good rice and riced cauliflower. From there, pick your choice of veggies, and a plant or animal-based protein options like citrus grilled, herb-roasted chicken, or personal meatloaf. Other menu items include their made from scratch soups, chicken salad, and flavorful breakfast items like sweet potato hash and a breakfast sandwich made with homestyle yeast rolls. Partnering with local food purveyors to bring “fresh” back to the table.
The Kitchen Café
Step into Mamma’s Pizzeria and step into Little Italy. Owners Jimmy and Shawna Pancari have created an authentic, hometown restaurant adorned with an Italian flag, chandelier lighting and photos of New York City — fitting since Mamma’s specializes in New York-style pizza, the thinner the crust the better. Get any toppings you want up to super-deluxe pizza with everything on it. Other favorites include chicken parmesan, chicken marsala, classic lasagna and a variety of salads. Jimmy and Shawna’s four children also work at the family business. Jimmy spent 31 years in the Coast Guard, and Mamma’s takes care of veterans, residents from nearby retirement communities and Northern transplants, all of whom are a big part of the devoted customer base. The restaurant offers online ordering, catering and delivery.
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday 11am-9pm; Saturday 3-9pm; Sunday 12pm-7pm
Taste of Hometown Featuring Farm to Table Perfection:
The dishes are prepared by an award-winning culinary team that reflects their experience from the finest kitchens around the world. On-site Herb and Vegetable gardens bring a distinctive homegrown appeal and flavors earning us the reputation as a great spot for celebrating holiday events, business lunches & dinners, as well as special family occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
From casual to candlelight, Mission Inn’s four restaurants and two lounges provide guests with superb variety, service and innovative entrees with plentiful portions.
Special wine pairing dinner events, weddings and banquet functions are also offered.
A 50-year tradition of excellence in the community is the reason you can feel at home at the Mission Inn Resort.
Mission Inn Resort & Club
Mom and Dad’s Italian Restaurant in Lady Lake has the distinct honor of calling itself a true family-owned restaurant. In fact, five generations of family members have represented the restaurant since its humble beginnings in May 1962. Many generations of customers have dined there throughout the years, thanks to the outstanding service and scrumptious dishes such as Spaghetti a la Bruzzi, Delmonico steak, and lasagna. This food savvy family prepares everything from scratch, crafting everything with love to satisfy your taste buds.
Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant
Delicious homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors draws all ages to Mystic Ice Cream. Owners Darrell and Lisa Day both have their favorites. Darrell enjoys the peanut butter crunch, a creamy, light peanut butter ice cream with Reese’s crumbles and Reese’s Pieces, while Lisa, loves the butterscotch crunch, a vanilla-based ice cream with butterscotch schnapps and Heath candy bar crumbles. The Days also serve adult ice creams with liqueur, including the popular Mystic Slide featuring chocolate ice cream with Kahlúa and amaretto. Mystic Ice Cream seats 80 people and the parlor is a pop culture museum filled with Beatles memorabilia. This is also a fun place to go for nightly entertainment, including game shows, trivia night and karaoke.
Mystic Ice Cream
Seaplanes land gracefully on the water as the sun’s rays glisten across Lake Dora. This creates a perfect backdrop to a wonderful lakeside dining experience at Puddle Jumpers. Owner Jon Aramino describes his food as “American fare with a twist.” That twist includes signature burgers such as the B’s Knees, featuring crisp bacon, Chipotle black raspberry sauce and Brie cheese. If you’re really hungry, consider the seafood platter affectionately named Crash Landing, which comes with two crab cakes, peel-and-eat shrimp and Mahi bites. An upstairs room with balcony seating and a private bar is perfect for private banquets, and there’s also a 30-seat bar outside offering house wines and bottled drinks.
Open at 11am Daily
Fresh, high-quality products will make you feel like you’re really in Italy when you visit Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, located in Pinellas Plaza in The Villages. Owner and chef Roberto Manco makes many of his products fresh every day, including mozzarella and Italian-style bread that customers can buy by the loaf or enjoy as garlic rolls with their dinner. Enjoy specials for lunch and dinner, where you can try the chicken piccata, sea bass, chicken marsala and seafood combo, as well as many fresh pasta dishes and salads topped with the homemade mozzarella. Roberto’s offers an extensive dessert menu, including tiramisu and limoncello cake made in house, as well as many desserts that get shipped straight from Italy.
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays
Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Baked ziti, fettuccini Alfredo, Greek salad, lasagna, meatloaf parmigiana, shrimp scampi, chicken scampi and, of course, pizza are favorites at Stavros and Sons Eustis, run by Pete and Heather Kountanis. Pete is the son of Stavros and Amanda Kountanis, who started the first Stavros in Daytona Beach in 1974. “Running the restaurant is a family affair,” says Heather. “You can find Amanda here Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights and at the Fruitland Park restaurant on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesdays. Stavros, who is semi-retired, is never far away, popping in frequently to prepare one of his famous recipes.”
“We are so much more than pizza,” Heather says. “We make a killer shrimp scampi or a chicken scampi that’s very popular. Our sautéed dishes are something that might be unexpected for a pizza place.”
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Stavros and Sons: Eustis
Stavros has been a popular family business for nearly 50 years, where Stavros Kountanis and his wife, Amanda, were the original owners of all Stavros Pizza locations, known for delicious pizza and other beloved dishes made from recipes passed down by Stavros’ mother in Greece. Stavros’ son, George, and his wife, Cyndi, run the Stavros and Sons Fruitland Park restaurant. “Our pizza dough is my husband’s grandmother’s recipe that has never changed through all the years,” says Cyndi. “We are most known for our pizzas, Greek salad, lasagna, stuffed peppers and even Philly cheesesteaks. People love our warm atmosphere and that we are a family-owned business. All of our employees are family.”
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-9pm. Closed Mondays.
Coming Soon! New location opening in Wildwood!
Stavros and Sons: Fruitland Park
Custom-made, fresh sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads made right before your eyes. The “healthy” alternative to fast food.
The family-owned German Bakery since 1995, is an award-winning bakery that offers to customers high-quality German products made with the highest culinary standards. Fine European pastries and breads are made with organic flours, chocolates, and spices, butter, and imported European ingredients. Take home tortes, tarts, and wonderful pretzels, but before you go home, enjoy something from our delicious deli menu. We serve breakfast from 8-11am and lunch and dinner are served 11am-7pm. Enjoy German specialties like Nurnberger breakfast, Hunterschnitzel with Spätzle, Bratwurst, Reuben, Quiche, typical German soups, and maybe Semelknoedel (bread dumplings with mushroom sauce) for lunch or dinner. We offer a fine selection of German beers and wines. Whatever time of day, you’ll find something you love at Yalaha Bakery.
On the weekends you can come and enjoy various events and music concerts on Saturdays and Sundays at our Beer Garden. A German Bakery Like No Other!
Open Daily 8am-7pm