I have made the trip from Tampa Airport to Inverness and/or Ocala many times over the last several years. We always stop at Papa Joe's in Brooksville. They have awesome pizza and very good food. We have celebrated birthdays there. I took my mother there several times and my brother in law is first generation Italian American, lives in Inverness, and loves this place.
Take Suncoast to Hwy50 and head East. Spring Lakes Hwy is on the right and the restaurant is just off the intersection. From the Restaurant, get back onto 50 and head East to 41 and that takes you right into Inverness.
Papa Joes Italian Restaurant
6244 Spring Lake Hwy, Brooksville, FL 34601