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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 - 3:00 am
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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: 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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  • 7
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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
Huge portions! Great food. Good choice if you're in downtown Gainesville.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
amieingeorgia
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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fife
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13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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216 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
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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Florida
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106 reviews 106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
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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Tampa, Florida
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299 reviews 299 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This time around we tried dining on the patio and, yes, I am still a fan! The wrought iron patio tables are spread with plenty of space around the patio which faces a quiet street. Our pizzas were great and were large enough that we had plenty to take home. Dining al fresco on a nice night was perfect! I... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I can only comment on the pizza as that is what I ate. We took 2 pies to go, one cheese only and the other, pepperoni and mushroom only. We were here in Gainesville for Christmas as we live out of country. Four of us ate the pizza and all four said it was one of the best pizza experiences.... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

This is nice little place. It took a while for our server to come to the table to take our drink order and our table was waaayyy too small for 4 people. But when another table opened up, we asked to move and they were cool with it. The garlic rolls were good and the pizza was excellent.

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Belleview, Florida
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44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My son and I were out to have a nice meal before we saw a show. He suggested this pizzeria. The food was unbelievably delicious and plentiful. We got the special, a large Caesar salad and a large two item pizza. Like I said the pizza was great and the salad was delicious. Our waitress was polite enough but forgot... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I'm from Chicago originally and have been known to ridicule pizza preparations from sea to shining sea, but Big Lou's makes really tasty thin crust pizza. I've been visiting big lou's for several years and when I'm in a meatless mood I get the Mediterranean (kalamata olives, feta, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, +). Pepperoni and mushroom is my usual other... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had the lotsa meatsa pizza and my husband had the supreme. One small pizza could have easily fed both of us. The sausage was fantastic. The garlic knots were covered in roasted garlic and very yummy, although by now I'm sure no one is going to want to sit near us at the gator game! Would definitely hit up... More 

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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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