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Big Lou's Pizzeria

5 SE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
352 335-7123
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Ranked #36 of 470 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: Delivery, Late Night
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.
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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Gainesville, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I like sitting outside here on a nice day. The pizza is good, and they have a decent beer selection with good prices.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Stuck working late in town. Tried Lou's "New York" style pies. Tried chicken pesto which was all garlic cream and no basil flavor. Other was pepperoni ok though rather dull. To top it off, . fried cheese sticks were left out of our take out order and only discovered once back at our hotel. The other side order was dry... More 

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94 reviews 94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great funky old gas station converted into a pizzeria. The pie was perfect. Slightly sweet sauce and a nice thin crust with a crunchy bottom and chewy center

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Longwood, Florida, USA
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This restorant is a paradise for cheese lovers like me:)! I ordered a medium size-OMG that was huge!!! I gave it four stars only because inside was hot as hell and we were seated next to AC:(

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Edgewater, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Fresh ingredients, hot delivered to our room pizza and a yummy spinach salad. The driver had obviously been at our hotel before.

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Gainesville, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had dinner there Sunday night, despite driving rain the restaurant was quite full. My son and his lady friend joined me, and had ridden their bicycles to the restaurant. The staff was very cool, and let them bring the bikes in to protect them from the rain. As always, the salad was superb, the pizza was delectable, and the... More 

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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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