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5 Pizza Places You Have To Try in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

pizza with pepperoni and bacon from big daddy's pizza in gatlinburg tn

Big Daddy's has delicious brick oven-fired pizza in Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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A Smoky Mountain local ranks his favorite pizza places in Gatlinburg

There are times when pizza is a function and you need to just get something quick and easy. Then there are other times that pizza is a destination, a reward, a celebration. Good pizza is easy, but great pizza is an art. When looking for great pizza in Gatlinburg, here are your best chances for transcendence:


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A pizza at Best Italian in Gatlinburg with peppers, black olives and pepperoni
Best Italian specializes in New York-style pizzas (photo by Kim Grayson/TheSmokies.com)

1. Best Italian

There are some high stakes involved when you choose to name your restaurant “Best”. And yet, despite the pressure Best Italian has brought upon itself, it still somehow manages to deliver (pizza pun). What I’m trying to say is, Best Italian has great pizza. Their New York-style pizzas are known for their homemade taste and fresh ingredients. And their calzones are nothing short of humongous. Plus, they even offer gluten-free options for those with special dietary needs. Pro-tip: Don’t leave without trying the garlic rolls. Best Italian has two locations in Gatlinburg – one in Elks Plaza and the other on the main strip downtown on the Parkway.

Smoky Mountain Brewery
The Smoky Mountain Brewery has two locations in the Smokies. Pictured above is the Gatlinburg location (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

2. Smoky Mountain Brewery

Beer and pizza go hand in hand. Therefore, I recommend you go to the Smoky Mountain Brewery, either in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, and order the Baker’s Choice and a few microbrews. Alternatively, order the T-Rex and spend the rest of the evening pretending you can’t reach the pizza in the middle of the table because of your implausibly short arms. The Gatlinburg location is at 1004 Parkway, Ste 501.

the taco pie pizza
A good Mexican pizza – or in this case, Taco Pie – can be hard to find (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. Big Daddy’s Pizza

The pizza game is crowded. As a result, it’s important to have a niche, an edge. Welcome to Big Daddy’s, featuring a 550-degree, wood-fired flame inside a one-of-a-kind brick oven. Big Daddy’s is so committed to freshness that they don’t own a freezer. As for the pizza, a thing Big Daddy’s does that I really like is a tier topping system for the build-your-own options. Silver toppings are mostly veggies, gold toppings are mostly meat and platinum toppings include things like prime rib, prosciutto and anchovies. It’s like a little gated community for your pizza. The Gatlinburg location is at 714 River Road.

sozzaranos pizza in galtinburg tn
This franchise is located in the former Taste of Italy restaurant (photo by Morgan Ovehrolt/TheSmokies.com)

4. Solorzano’s Pizzeria and Bistro 

Solorzano’s is a chain that has somewhat recently made its way to Gatlinburg, located in the former Taste of Italy location. But Solorzano’s also offers a “taste of Italy” with its family origins beginning near Naples, Italy. The menu offers salads, calzones, subs and various pizza pies. I recommend going with one of the classics, like the Hoboken Heart Attack with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and bacon. It’s located at 1235 East Parkway in Gatlinburg. Like many others on the list, they also have a location in Pigeon Forge.

pepperoni pizza from mellow mushroom
I love Mellow Mushroom for its array of options, but you can never go wrong with a classic pepperoni (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Mellow Mushroom

The variety of pizza at Mellow Mushroom is creative and fantastic, and I’ve never had anything less than an excellent pizza there. But I love the Mellow Mushroom for letting my son eat real pizza. He was born with food allergies. As a result, when we order pizza, he usually gets breadsticks or crust with a little butter and parmesan. But the Mellow Mushroom has dairy-free pizza. When they brought it out, JP looked like a king at a banquet being presented with the finest food in the land. That’s why they will always have a special place in my heart, and the pizza is pretty good, too. The Gatlinburg location is located right along the main strip at 903 Parkway.

Where’s your favorite place to grab pizza when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains? Let us know in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “5 Pizza Places You Have To Try in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains”

  1. My all time favorite is The Best Italian Pizza in Gatlinburg. Have been eating there for over 30 years and never had a bad meal! Also I do like Mellow Mushroom as well.

  2. I found Best Italian years ago and have to go there every time we’re in Gatlinburg. Best pizza around.

  3. Mellow Mushroom is the absolute worst pizza i have ever had the displeasure of eating. Yes I did eat at the one in Gatlinburg. Our whole family thought it was awful.

  4. You can get the best at Pizza Inn located just 45 minutes in Knoxville, TN. Why would anyone think that the pizza at Mellow Mushroom would be any good? More like mush pizza.

  5. Our favorite is Ski Mountain Pizza. The family that owns it is always so friendly and the food is amazing.

  6. I absolutely love Mellow Mushroom. I found your story about JP to be absolutely great. I can only imagine the happiness over the entire family that night he got to try it. I work a few blocks from away from a Mellow Mushroom pizza in Birmingham, Alabama and I have always enjoyed their pizzas and salads. Thanks so much for sharing all of your favorites! We are traveling to Gatlinburg this Christmas, and can hardly wait!
    *** Cheers***

  7. The best thin crust pizza is found in the Northeast (NY/NJ). I have yet to find anything remotely close, the Mellow Mushroom was disappointing. Pizza aside, the quality of life in TN is 200% better so if missing out on a good “Tomato Pie” is the trade off I’ll take it six ways to Sunday.


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