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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 good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“garlic rolls” (12 reviews)
“calzone” (11 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
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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.

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

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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.

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!

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

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

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 6 February 2016

When in Gainesville this is stop that I have to make. It is reasonably priced with great food and service. It is also located enough away from the University and Archer Road areas which can be very congested areas.

Thank Superdieselp5
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Great pizza, many imaginative combinations, taste great. The staff is always friendly and efficient, really warm atmosphere.

Thank fire_lt_1
Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

This time of year is always great for us with daily trips to downtown for Hippodrome rehearsals and productions. 1 of the best parts is being close to Big Lou's and getting some of the best pizza here in Gainesville. They also have the best...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

My family and I were looking for a place to eat a quick bite while visiting Gainesville. We came across Big Lou's. No previous knowledge or opinion about the place. We were pleasantly surprised with this place. Very good salads, superb NY style pizza. Good...More

Thank Pagnanid
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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
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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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