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Big Lou's Pizzeria

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5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
352 335-7123
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Going ten years strong with a menu designed to make mouths water and a...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
go here for pizza in Gainesville

This was my favorite pizzeria in Gainesville. Great spot downtown, very good pizza, and nice beer selection. Outdoor patio with at least 6 small tables. Friendly staff

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was my favorite pizzeria in Gainesville. Great spot downtown, very good pizza, and nice beer selection. Outdoor patio with at least 6 small tables. Friendly staff

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We recently stopped there on an overnight trip. The front desk clerk suggested it but I should have realized we were in a college town (Gainesville). It was ok! The server was very considerate (tats and all) and the food was decent or maybe we were just hungry after the drive. Mostly college kids and a few locals. I'm sure... More 

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Ormond Beach, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We ordered the Tomato Basil pie & it was excellent. We left full & happy! Highly recommend if you are craving a thin crust pizza.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Get the tomato basil pizza. It is amazing, they use fresh garlic, it is amazing. I also get the eggplant Parmesan sandwich. Great ingredients, locally owned. Lou takes a personal interest in making sure the food is great.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I used this site to find this outstanding place. our food was all carryout. the Pizza, calzones were outstanding. the chefs salads were huge and delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Have yet 2 have a truly bad experience. Servings are large & food is hot and tasty. Had a lousy server once, but that has 2 b expected. Especially loved the pizza with olive oil and fetta! Will return. Great place for lunch!

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We ate here as we were spending one night at the downtown Hampton before heading on to Orlando the next day (Big Lou's is walking distance to the Hampton). Heed this warning: portions are HUGE, so you may want to share an entree. The salad they bring you that comes with your meal could be a meal itself. That's one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Food was very good and portions were very big . Can't wait to return. Only downside was parking in the area is not the easiest.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The wait times from the staff can take awhile if they start to pick up so plan accordingly, but the food is really good and reasonable for a college town. The small salad can easily feed two and you can order a slice and add your own toppings and its huge, or a small pizza can easily be split between... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Big Lou's is about as Jersey/New York pizza as you can find here----excellent crust, good sauce and good amount of cheese. Sausage for the pizza is sliced thin- not crumbles like most places use around here. Garlic knots are fabulous as are the salads (a small is big enough for two adults). Good for families, too.

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Additional Information about Big Lou's Pizzeria

Address: 5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone Number: 352 335-7123
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 335-7123

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am

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