We didn’t plan on ordering pizza the other night when we went to one of our favorite Tuscaloosa restaurants, Mellow Mushroom, to celebrate the start of the school year. We were going to order tempeh, tofu, or avocado sandwiches, or some of their great vegetarian appetizers like tortilla soup, the big stuffed portabello, bruschetta, or capri salad.
But, then we saw something we’d never seen before: butternut squash on a pizza. It was a fall seasonal special called the Home Grown Harvest Pie. So, of course we could not resist ordering it. And we didn’t even ask for it with no cheese (like we often do) because we really wanted to get the true experience the inventor of butternut squash pizza had in mind. Also, I’d never had Montamore cheese before.
It was delicious and interesting… and I want to go back and order another right now. Nutmeg was one of the stronger tastes, and the arugula pesto was lovely to look at but not as noticeable taste-wise as we’d thought it would be. The pizza was made with both parmesan and Montamore cheeses, as mentioned above, which made for a pleasing taste and texture. Olive oil and garlic were used in place of red sauce on the crust. There were several other fall specials too, including a mushroom soup, a mushroom pizza complemented by a little bit of truffle on top, a steak and stout pizza, and a pumpkin cheesecake.
Another new thing we noticed on the menu was beer blends, which was two draft beers poured together in the same glass. There were 8 combinations listed on the menu, 5 of which included Guinness. They ranged from a PBR – Miller High Life blend to the “Snake Bite” (Guinness and Strongbow cider) and the “Black Castle” (Guinness and Newcastle).
Mellow Mushroom has locations all over the country. In Tuscaloosa you’ll find them downtown at 2230 University Blvd., (205) 758-0112. They have a very casual, laid-back, sometimes loud-with-live-music atmosphere and impressive menu of inventive (and vegan/vegetarian-friendly) pizzas, calzones, hoagies, salads, and appetizers. Our location also has gluten-free crust available.