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Big Lou's Pizzeria

5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
+1 352-335-7123
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“garlic rolls” (10 reviews)
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Opens in 29 min
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Italian, Pizza
5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6233
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For us (me and my family) it is just best pizza in the town. Good location if you live next to downtown. Also the do offer delivery.

Thank ona_mon
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This place appears to be one of those indoor/outdoor college kids restaurants. And it is! The server was particularly friendly, we offered her a seat to join us, and she did. But only as long as it took take our orders, to answer a few...More

Thank ex-Xeroid
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Excellent pizzas, including custom options. They tend to be rather busy, but the service has been uniformly prompt and friendly. Probably our favorite downtown pizza choice.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We loved the Bi Lou's specialty pizza! The prosciutto and ricotta were really great! We also loved the garlic knots that came with our Greek salad. The food was very good and we would visit again for that reason. However, the service was very "lack-luster."...More

Thank BFarinella
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We frequently stop in after going to plays at the Hippodrome, a state funded theatre just around the corner. My wife and I each get a large slice of their thin crust pizza and split a house salad which is loaded with goodies and comes...More

Thank George P
Reviewed 14 November 2016

This has always been my favorite NY/NJ pizza place, and I am not sure what happened last night. The waitress was miserable (not sure she even smiled once) which is so unusual, and the food took over 30 minutes on a Sunday night. Pizza was...More

Thank Karin23320
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Big Lou's has about equal indoor and outdoor seating providing you an option depending on mood or weather. They feature NY style pizza and serve large slices with numerous topping options available. They also have several salad options which are very good if you trying...More

Thank thomash788
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This restaurant has little to no atmosphere, but the service is fast and the kitchen is open to the dining room. They have practically no parking, so park on the street and walk in. The food will come piping hot and the beer is ice...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 18 October 2016

No perks - very simple and rustic place on main street, but the pizza is great and sometimes that is all you need.

Thank Boxperox
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Very good pizza, a little thinner than typical chewy New York Style Pizza - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The slices are huge, like 2 typical slices. Toppings were loaded on. They have a lot of specials, but two big delicious slices and...More

Thank Day_Tripper_2008
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 03:00
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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