Mellow Mushroom Making Groovy Waves in Toms River


There’s a new slice at the Jersey Shore, but it’s not like the usual local and New York based Italian pizzerias we’re all used to and the name doesn’t end in a vowel.

It’s the Mellow Mushroom which is getting mixed, but mostly positive reviews at their new Toms river location.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, originating in Atlanta, Ga., but individually owned and operated, is now open in New Jersey for the first time thanks to owners Tito Shah and Mihir Kothari. The duo was asked what they wanted to showcase in the eclectic atmosphere of Mellow Mushroom: “Our design goal at Mellow Mushroom Toms River brings together a mix of local attractions, the culture of the Jersey Shore and its Boardwalk games, along with the infamous tales of the Pine Barrens and, of course, the Jersey Devil.”

 When guests walk through the door, their eyes are drawn to the mural above Mellow Mushroom’s open concept kitchen that embraces the fun of classic Boardwalk games. The full-service bar is loaded with local craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Guarding over the refreshing libations is none other than the Jersey Devil himself. The smoke breathing Pine Barrens native can be seen hovering just above the beer cooler. Don’t worry, he’s not there to steal your pizza. He just wants to watch the games on Mellow Mushrooms widescreen televisions, which are arranged through out the restaurant.

Within an atmosphere of family fun, patrons can celebrate all sorts of occasions, especially in the private dining room, which fits up to 12 guests. It is embellished with a colorful mosaic created by artist Maude “Modsaica” Lemaire.

Mellow Mushroom is widely known for their stone baked pizzas but that’s not the only item on their lively menu. They are home to loaded Calzones, Hoagies, Burgers and scrumptious Salads. There are vegetarian and gluten free specialty menus. The gluten free crust is made from nutritious ancient grains. The kids menu has interactive games and kid sized options that come with healthy side choices.

On Facebook, reviews have been mostly positive as the restaurant begins to pick up the pace and draw in new customers.

“Great service from the two young ladies who greeted my party of four and helped with the menu and each had suggestions to order to Katie Lordi at the bar who was fun, kind and a whole lot of laughs too. Extremely satisfied with our pizza and appetizers BUT the employs is what sets this place apart from the rest. Great Job Everyone,” wrote Charles Nicastro.

“First time there. Service was excellent….great bang for you can go anywhere and get a pizza with any toppings anywhere you want for $12 but the recipes that they have are extremely creative and different and it’s worth it. I would definitely go back again and bring the whole crew,” opined  Marc McKennan.

The Mellow Mushroom is located at 1111 Route 37 West.

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