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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: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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    Very good
  • 9
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  • 2
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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
Outstanding NY style pizza

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 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 GF pizza in town. Have not had a bad pie here. Not sure what they... More 

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Ciudad Ojeda
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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 value and you can tell is a favorite with the locals when cops eat there.... More 

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Thank Pagnanid
Miami Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We like pizza and Lou's can make pizza. Salads are good as well. The best part was the price, It's like 15 dollars for two people to have lunch. College crowd, good service, Place is a mess but college kids don't care about ambiance.

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Port Orange, Florida
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We ate on the patio.. Weather wasn't too hot for once and it didn't rain.. Inside of the place was a little dark for me.. Food was good.. I got the baked ziti, my sister got a huge salad.. Daughter had a nice cheesy pizza and her husband had a sub.. Bill came to under $50 for all.. Nobody had... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Out of aloof the places in Gainesville, this has the most authentic New York pizza! Parking is difficult, plan for limited parking.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Are you looking for fancy tablecloths and soft music? Well hit the bricks then because that is not Big Lou's! What you will find is good pizza, calzones and salads at a reasonable price and if you leave Big Lou's hungry then there's something seriously wrong with you! C'mon! It's a busy pizza joint in a busy college town! Our... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

When we visited we could see how crowded and small the inside was but it was too hot to sit outside. We asked to pull up to the bar to have eat because there was no room for the stroller in the dining area. We were basically ushered and forced into the dining area so the staff could utilize the... More 

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GAINESVILLE
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

very good value for huge slice of pizza salad and drink for 8.00. salad comes with two garlic rolls swimming in butter which makes it so much better tasting. do not expect fine dining as this is more of a established pizza place with rustic decor, so just roll with the eclectic vibe. also much better value and service than... 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: Pizza, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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