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Big Lou's Pizzeria

5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
+1 352-335-7123
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“garlic rolls” (12 reviews)
“calzone” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

The calzone was excellent. The service was prompt and the employees were all very friendly. They have Big Swamp Brewery beer on tap, it was great. The small calzone is big enough to feed two people, it was delicious. I will definetly eat there again.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Jerry G
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We arrived on a quiet Sunday afternoon and enjoyed our outdoor dining on the patio. Veggie pizza, meatball sub, salad and fries were all superb. The service is great and they are pet friendly ...so yes "Fido" can come along ...they will even bring water...More

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Their veggie pizza is the best! They put breaded eggplant on it, a delicious surprise! The outside patio area is very nice too.

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank TMTisch
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

My friends and I arrived on a Friday evening at a time when the restaurant is very busy. We were fortunate to get an outside table right away. The wait person was timely took our orders of pizza, garlic rolls, salads and beverages. The food...More

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank bentprop
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

What a delightful dinner we had under the stars! We order pizza and garlic rolls. Fantastic food! Device was great. We will go again.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Eclectic. Homemade. Downtown. Open late. I would say this is probably the best pizza spot in Gainesville. Everything is homemade and they offer an array of topping choices for your pizza, including my favorite: ricotta, fresh basil and garlic. They have seating inside and out....More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Great very informal place for pizza, salad, etc. Particularly recommend the specials which are very good value.

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank KBM212
Reviewed 24 March 2016

We love the variety of pizza's, salads and craft beer. Very cool outside courtyard dining. A great Pizza!

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank Dangafl
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Stopped here for a late lunch with family en route to Tallahassee. Got a little upset when waitress served customers who sat down after us and then ignored us for what seemed like a long time. In the meantime, another staff member took our drinks...More

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank Steven B
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

This is the real deal if your looking for NY pizza. As a former NY'er, it's the closest I have found in Gainesville. The slices are huge, one slice is really 2. My favorite is the calzone. If it's just for you, a small will...More

Date of visit: January 2016
Thank stevepH4126FP
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-335-7123
  • E-mail
Going ten years strong with a menu designed to make mouths water and a location that embodies Gainesville's Downtown area, Big Lou's NY Style Pizzeria comes from humble beginnings. As many local start-ups do, Lou's developed into the reputable pizza spot it is today through a patient process. Lou Wynn, or "Big Lou" himself, is originally from South Florida but was no stranger to Gainesville. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Health Science, Lou eventually decided to pursue the food industry. He was so inspired to build up his own restaurant (with the help of his supportive wife, Mary) that he was willing to do whatever it took to make it work - and even went as far as selling his car to pay for the original costs. Biking to work for the first few months of business is a whole new level of dedication... Nearly one decade and thousands of pizzas later, Lou's is constantly growing (currently under renovation!) While staying true to its warm and welcoming hometown roots. With a close group of team members, fun atmosphere and fresh ingredients that make our variety of menu items so satisfying, we promise any Lou's experience to leave you happy, full, and excited to come back again.
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