Packed with locals who love good pizza and dough, sauce, mozzarella, vegetables, pesto and meats prepared fresh daily.
We called in for pick up, upon arrival and standing in line, was told it would be another 30 min. I asked if we could sit and drink a beer while we waited . We waited,and waited , no one came to our table so I got in line again . I got two beers and we finished them and continued the wait!
Finally someone brought us our pizza .
We put a piece on the plate and noticed the bottom was completely black … burnt up!
Hmmm, something is off???
We (my wife and I) have been coming to Moon River for 15 years….for the last four years we have been in Fernandina Beach full-time and come four or five times a year. We like the pizza and salad: for us, the Vegetarian and a shared Greek salad are perfect. Last night we came with our son and his family and we added a White Pizza with a shared house Salad. With drinks ( a couple of beers, two soft drinks and a water), the five of us ate for under $100, Based on the taste of the food, I would give it a 4 1/2 to 5 again.
However, something was off. The entire staff seemed grumpy. Starting with the lady who took our order when we arrived: efficient but no smile, no indication that she was happy to have us there….nothing! Ok,I can live with that, but then the entire staff was walking around with no smiles…no personality…no nothing! Then, the snapping and yipping behind the line (it is an open line so you can hear and see everything!) that gave you the feeling you had come into the middle of a family quarrel . Our salads arrived quickly, then one pizza arrived and about five or ten minutes later the second pizza arrived.
My last observation is rather personal: they have two televisions in the restaurant…with signs on them that say don’t change the channel. It is Saturday evening before Thanksgiving and there are football games on (last night we were there for the end of the Georgia-Tennessee game). Why they leave the TVs on the Weather Channel and some Nature Channel is totally beyond me??? All and all, we may give this funky, little pizza place one more try. But, if we have a repeat of the last night’s ambiance, it will be our last no matter how good the pizza!!!
Good But Not Great Pizza
I’d rate Moon River Pizza a 3.5 if I could. The consistency of the crust is good, but the taste of the crust is bland. The sauce is okay (a little too sweet for my taste), but the mozzarella lacks richness. The sausage is good, as is the pepperoni, but so are those at other pizza places. Overall, when I bite into a Moon River sausage and pepperoni pizza, I just taste the sausage and pepperoni. Great pizza is a harmony of toppings cheese, sauce and crust. This is not it.
Quick Bite and Best Memories
I have been going here with my grandmother almost every time I saw her growing up! We always get the greek salad and share a huge pizza! Always have loved the bumper stickers. Recommend to anyone looking for a quick and cheap bite. One of the best pizza places in my book.
I eat here every summer!
Moon River is my go to on arrival to the island for a quick and easy dinner that I know won’t disappoint! I appreciate the gluten free option and have never had a problem with my allergy when eating here.