The 10 Best Pizza Places in Gatlinburg to Get Your Slice On!
Best Pizza Places in Gatlinburg, TN
Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, so it’s no wonder that every city in the nation caters to this uniquely cheesy demand. And Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is no different. Travelers visiting will find that restaurants in Gatlinburg are teeming with delicious pies just ready to be devoured. So, whether you like it fully loaded or just plain cheesy, the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains” has you covered. Plus, there are so many other fun things to do in Gatlinburg besides eat.
Best pizza spots in Gatlinburg
Tennessee has a lot of culinary specialties to its name, including hot chicken, banana pudding and biscuits and gravy — just to name a few. Luckily for pizza lovers and Tennessee explorers, Gatlinburg has added pizza to the list. With a variety of pizzerias to choose from right in downtown Gatlinburg and even more beyond the strip, travelers can get a solid slice at any point of their Gatlinburg vacation.
So, if you’re hankering for a pie during your stay in Gatlinburg but don’t know what the best choices are, look no further, we have you covered.
1 | Best Italian on the Parkway | The results are in, and Gatlinburg locals agree that the best hometown pizza pie belongs to Best Italian on the Parkway. What makes its pizza a slice above the rest? For over 40 years, the eatery committed to the classics, which means this pizza joint has been able to master what true pizza lovers want and have come to expect from top-tier pizzerias. That is, cheesy and perfectly seasoned pizza with a wide variety of topping options, garlic knots, creamy pastas and homemade cheesecakes. That said, while Best Italian Pizza and Café has certainly focused on the classics we all know and love, there is one area of expertise that’s all its own. You’ll know what we mean if you stop in and order one of the restaurant’s gigantic signature calzones.
WHERE: 710 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-436-4345
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2 | Big Daddy’s Pizzeria | OK, this is where the competition gets dicey. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is another Gatlinburg favorite and is sometimes named best pizza in town by locals. So, what does that mean for you? It’s still a solid choice for a slice in Gatlinburg, and if you’re dedicated to settling the issue once and for all, you can check it out for yourself. In the meantime, let us fill you in on what makes Big Daddy’s Pizzeria a little slice of pizza heaven.
Brick ovens, wood fire flames, crispy crusts and fresh, never frozen toppings all help Big Daddy’s stand out. The pizzeria is a champion of all things fresco, so much so that there isn’t even a freezer on property. It may seem at first glance that Big Daddy’s is another classic-focused pizzeria, but that’s not the case. Big Daddy’s is anything but traditional. Go ahead, add wings to your pizza. Or hey, throw a taco on it. Whatever your fancy, Big Daddy’s is ready for the adventurous pizza lover in you.
WHERE: 714 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-436-5455
3 | Slice Pizza Bakery | Have you ever asked yourself, “Where can I get a New York-style slice in a Seattle-inspired Space Needle at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains?” Just us? Well, if you’re curious, the answer is Slice Pizza Bakery, located in Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Space Needle. It’s a great spot to satisfy your cheesy, garlicky wants and needs while also being conveniently located to all kinds of Gatlinburg attractions. With pizza slices twice the size of an average adult head, its convenient location – arcades and escape experiences are just steps away after all – and unique pizza offerings, like the restaurant’s Philly cheesesteak or pulled pork BBQ pizza, Slice Pizza Bakery is a great choice for any pizza enthusiast in town.
WHERE: 117 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-430-5550
4 | Mellow Mushroom | You know what they say, “Go to Mellow Mushroom for the pizza. Stay at Mellow Mushroom for the atmosphere.” Why is that? Mellow Mushroom is easily the best place around to grab a quick pizza lunch while also vibing with a funky, highly curated 70s nostalgic setting. The company has been around for over 40 years, which means it’s taken the time to perfect its pizza recipes and its general on-site energy — a combination that’s been perfected in the restaurant’s Gatlinburg location. While you’re there, be sure to try their signature Funky Q. Chicken and Kosmic Karma pizzas.
WHERE: 903 Parkway, Ste 103, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-277-0600
5 | Smoky Mountain Brewery | A brewery, really? Yes, we know. Sure, Smoky Mountain Brewery is best known for its extensive in-house micro-brewed concoctions, but a hidden gem on the menu is the brewery’s delectable, hand-tossed pies. Try a slice of the Brewmaster pizza, a four-cheese blend “white” pie with all kinds of fresh toppings. Plus, what’s better than a good slice of pizza? Some fresh baked garlic bread and a crisp beer overlooking a majestic view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Doesn’t that sound nice. Even we think that’s pretty hard to beat.
WHERE: 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 | WHO: 865-868-1400
6 | Ski Mountain Pizza | Looking for even more New York-style slice options in Gatlinburg? Ski Mountain Pizza, near Chalet Village, has you covered. Ski Mountain has nailed the fine art of crispy crust and gooey cheese, so much so that it is a regular favorite amongst Gatlinburg locals. The best part? Well, the pizza of course but also its focus on convenient delivery and takeout service, its extensive menu, generous BBQ specials and a little something extra: beer nuts to go!
WHERE: 631 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-325-1512
7 | Taste of Italy | If you’re looking for a solid slice of classic Italian-American cuisine in the heart of Gatlinburg, then let us shed some light on the self-proclaimed, “Gatlinburg’s Best Kept Secret.”. Taste of Italy has got it all: fried ravioli, calamari, mussels, chicken parmesan, some of the most popular pizza in town and more! Basically, the restaurant has everything an Italian food connoisseur could want during their trip to Tennessee. Don’t believe us? The owners are New York transplants, so you know Taste of Italy has classic Italian-American fare covered.
WHERE: 1235 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-325-1750
8 | Luigi’s Pizza | Luigi’s Pizza takes the art of pizza slinging and puts it into your own hands. That’s right, when you visit Luigi’s, you can build your own pie from the crust up. Choose every aspect of your pizza and enjoy it at the pizzeria’s cozy, rustic setting, complete with TVs, fireplaces and a patio area for nice days. With its customizable pizza menu, Luigi’s Pizza is good choice for dietary-restricted eaters, making it perfect for large groups and picky eaters. Our favorite on the menu? Luigi’s Greek pizza is hard to beat.
WHERE: 1017 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-430-0038
9 | Geno’s Pizza | A Gatlinburg gem since 1984, Geno’s Pizza serves up pies that are consistently cheesy, saucy and delicious, which is no easy feat for a 36-year-old business. At Geno’s, you can be sure that every slice is made with handmade dough, that the pies are made to order and that every ingredient is fresh. It’s these three key features that have made Geno’s Pizza the popular pizzeria spot it is today.
WHERE: 385 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-430-9300
10 | New York Pizza & Pasta | Authentic New York-style pizza at a reasonable price is New York Pizza & Pasta’s guarantee. But what puts this pizzeria over the top is its no-frills atmosphere, jumbo-sized slices and large menu. Sometimes you just want a cheesy slice that hits the spot without all the toppings and experimental sides, and New York Pizza & Pasta delivers on that front.
WHERE: 611 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 | WHO: 865-436-9300
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It’s no secret that a quick Google search will lead you to all kinds of pizza experiences in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. But we all know the truth, that not all pizza is created equal. So, before you venture into Gatlinburg for a slice, make a mental note of your preferred pizza-style. Are you a classics lover? Is your palate experimental? Are you eating on the go? Luckily, Gatlinburg’s 10 best pizzerias have something for every type of traveler and taste bud.
If you’re interested in doing more than eating pizza in Gatlinburg, check out our 10 Top Attractions for Families in Gatlinburg. We’re sure you’ll find something new and fun to do in between slices. For more travel tips and restaurant guides, visit our Westgate Resorts Travel Blog.
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