6 Unique Places To Grab a Pizza in Pigeon Forge (2023)

pizza with beef and shoestring potatoes at pizzario in pigeon forge tn

PizzaRio has a 5-course Brazilian-style experience. Pictured: a Strogonoff De Carne with steak strogenoff and shoestring potatoes (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

A local ranks top places to get pizza in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountains

Pizza is always a solid go-to option when visiting the Smoky Mountains. But when it comes to the best pizza, that’s going to require a deeper dive. There are certainly a lot of options to choose from in Pigeon Forge. With that in mind, I took up the selfless burden of taste-testing dozens of pizzas in Pigeon Forge, narrowing down my favorites, and ranking them for your pleasure.

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pizza from pizzario with broccoli and bacon
PizzaRio is an upscale pizza experience in the Smokies (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

1. PizzaRio Wine + Bar

If you want an upscale pizza experience, look no further than PizzaRio. PizzaRio offers a 5-course dining experience with soup, meatballs, wings and dessert pizzas. The main course is a rotating selection of delicious pizzas served rodizio style, which means they are brought directly to your table and you can enjoy all you can eat. This is more than just pizza. It’s a whole experience, complete with cocktails and a signature wine list. It was hard to pick a favorite pizza from PizzaRio, but the Quatro Queijos with four types of cheeses is definitely one to prioritize. But luckily, you won’t have to choose. Reservations are available online via Resy. PizzaRio is located at 140 Showplace Blvd. in Pigeon Forge.

Smoky Mountain Brewery at night
Smoky Mountain Brewery is normally open until midnight (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Smoky Mountain Brewery

You may not immediately think of seeking out a brewery for the best pizza in town, but the Smoky Mountian Brewery knows how to serve up a really solid pizza. Plus, nothing pairs better with pizza than an ice-cold beer. Bonus Tip: The Smoky Mountain Brewery is one of only a handful of area restaurants that are open late (normally until midnight). For you night owls out there, this is likely going to be your best option. The Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge is located at the Shops at Lumberjack Feud at 2530 Parkway.

italian sub sandwich from j dels
J. Del’s has delicious New York pizza and also delicious Italian subs (photo by John Gullion/TheSmokies.com)

3. J. Del’s Pizza

I love New York-style pizza, and this place is second to none. Family-owned and operated, J. Del’s is the real deal, and it’s one of the few places you can still walk in and watch your pizza being hand-tossed and spun around in the air before your very eyes. Popular menu items include the Meat Lovers pizza, calzones and garlic knots. Personally, I’m a fan of the subs. But like most pizza places in the area, they can also create almost any custom pie your pizza-lovin’ New Englander heart desires. J. Del’s is located at 2664 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge.

pizza from big daddy's in gatlinburg with jalapenos, pepperoni and mushrooms
Big Daddy’s has delicious brick oven-fired pizzas (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

4. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

Big Daddy’s is part of the locally owned Johnson Family of Restaurants. Big Daddy’s is known for its brick oven, wood-fired pizza and also its fresh ingredients. Local fan-favorite menu options include the Big Kahuna and the Taco Pie. Child-sized pizzas are also available. Big Daddy’s in Pigeon Forge is located at 3053 Parkway with locations available in Sevierville and Gatlinburg as well. The Pigeon Forge location has an arcade, which may be a good option when you have younger kids.

exterior of bellacinos in sevierville tn
Bellacino’s is in Sevierville, which is close to Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders

A small chain, Bellacino’s has one restaurant in East Tennessee, and it is located (technically) in Sevierville, but it’s close enough to count. I’m a fan of Bellacino’s Pride, which basically takes the seven best toppings known to man and puts it on a pizza. But you can’t go wrong with the supreme or the meat-eater. Bellacino’s is located at 716 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville.

pepperoni pizza from mellow mushroom
I like Mellow Mushroom for its variety of pizzas, but the classic pepperoni is never a bad choice (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

6. Mellow Mushroom

I know, the Mellow Mushroom is another chain. But Mellow Mushroom is just an easy, classic, tried and true go-to. Their hippy food menu includes stone-baked pizzas, dairy-free cheese, gluten-free crusts and the largest list of ingredients for customizations that you’ll ever see, which is what I love most about it. Are you vegetarian? Or lactose intolerant? Guess what, Mellow Mushroom has a pizza for you. Mellow Mushroom has two locations in Pigeon Forge. One is located at The Island and the other is located on the Parkway.

Where’s your favorite place to grab pizza when you visit Pigeon Forge? Let us know in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “6 Unique Places To Grab a Pizza in Pigeon Forge (2023)”

  1. Mellow Mushroom Is Awesome with Great And quality staff and service. Best Pizza I Have Ever Had Hands Down.

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  2. You should try Big Bear Pizza on E Parkway above Gatlinburg. Homegrown folks with seriously yummy.pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.

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  3. Cobbly Knob in Pittman Center has the best pizza ever!! Large, thin and crispy Supreme Pizza with extra cheese is out of this world!

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  4. We have had pizza from the Mellow Mushroom and it is fantastic. Our last trip in May of 2021 we ordered pizza from Poppa Johns truthfully someone should slap Payton Manning for doing there commercial it was lousy. Best we have had is the Mellow Mushroom.

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  5. In the Ogle mall the little whole in the wall,New York style pizza is hands down the best. We drive 2 hours sometimes to get a taste of this wonder pizza. The staff are so nice and know us when we go.

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  6. Had MM in Texas and personally wouldn’t make any list. For real wood burning oven napolitan pizza the oven should be 800-900° 60-90 seconds for a pie

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  7. Best Italian in Gatlinburg has the best pizza I’ve ever had. Haven’t found 1 place that can compare.

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  8. I agree. Best Italian is probably the best pizza with Smoky Mountain Brewery a super close second. Mellow Mushroom is good too.

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  9. We love Best Italian. Pizza is delicious and the garlic rolls are the best we’ve ever had. We always go at least once and sometimes twice when in Gatlingburg.

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  10. Gondiliers hands down best pizza and Italian food in Pigeon Forge on Dolly Pardon Avenue.
    Always our first stop each year..

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  11. Big Daddys voted #1 by my family. So much so, that we ate there three times! The cheese cake is heavenly.
    Eaten at several MM and not one I would go back to, plus they are way overpriced!

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  12. Geno’s Gatlinburg was overlooked for sure. I’m sure all them other mom n pop places are great too. But I love Geno’s.

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  13. Best Italian, well, the name says it all. Its always a must have. Those garlic knots are hard to duplicate.

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  14. We LOVE Big Daddy’s! We never get pizza when on vacay as we have three of the greatest pizza places in our own town and order regularly. We were told to “just try” Big Daddy’s and so we did….and we were hooked! We love it so much that we get pizza to go the night before we leave for home and put it in our cooler so we can enjoy a Big Daddy’s for supper when we get home!

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  15. If I wanted Mellow Mushroom I’d eat at one of the ones close to home. Actually I wouldn’t, they’re not that good. You should visit Pizza at the Cove off of Veterans Drive a bit.

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