Who Has the Best Pizza Near Pigeon Forge? Here’s Our Top 5, Ranked

Mellow Mushroom Pigeon Forge

You can't go wrong with Mellow Mushroom pizza at the Island in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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Pizza is always a solid go-to option when visiting the Smokies.

It’s generally hard to go wrong with bread, meat and cheese.

But when it comes to really good pizza, dare I say, the best pizza. Well, that’s going to require a much deeper dive.

And there are 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 viewing pleasure.

The struggle is real. You’re welcome.

Smoky Mountain Brewery
The Smoky Mountain Brewery not only offers great pizza, they also feature live entertainment and have locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Smoky Mountain Brewery

You might 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. Win, win.

Popular pies at this location include the T-Rex (with salami, sausage, pepperoni and meatballs), the Margherita (with mozzarella, tomato and basil) and the New Yorker (with pepperoni, salami and ricotta cheese).

You can also opt to build your own (in either 8″, 12″ or 16″) and choose from a variety of fresh toppings.

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.

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J. Del’s Pizza offers both New York-style pizza and Chicago Deep Dish (photo by Kimberly Grayson/TheSmokies.com)

4. J. Del’s Pizza

Yankees rejoice. If you love New York-style pizza, 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. But like most pizza joints 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.

Big Daddys Pizza in Pigeon Forge TN
Big Daddy’s is a popular pizza place in the Smoky Mountains, and the Pigeon Forge location also has an arcade (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

3. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

Big Daddy’s is part of the locally owned Johnson Family of Restaurants. Their sister restaurants include Bennett’s Bar-B-Que, Alamo Steakhouse, Mama’s Farmhouse, JOE and Pop’s Sub Shoppe, Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts.

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Big Daddy’s is known for its brick oven, wood-fired pizza and fresh ingredients.

Local fan favorites menu options include the Big Kahuna and the Taco Pie.

And if you’re in the mood for dessert, you don’t want to miss out on the cannoli.

Their pizzas come in your choice of 10″ or 14″. Child sizes are also available.

Big Daddy’s in Pigeon Forge is located at 3053 Parkway.

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Bellacino’s is a small chain with only a single location in East Tennessee, and this is it (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

2. Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders

A small chain, Bellacino’s has exactly one restaurant in East Tennessee, and it is located (technically) in Sevierville.

But it’s close enough to count.

I’m a fan of the Bellacino’s Pride, which is basically, take the seven best toppings known to man, put it on the pizza and bake it, but you can’t go wrong with the supreme or the meat-eater.

If you’re looking for a change of pace, the taco pizza is actually pretty good too, but I understand some would balk for philosophical reasons.

I also like Bellacino’s because I have a bit of a word association disorder.

It’s like there’s a filing system in my brain and if you say the trigger word – a little bit like the word of the day on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse – you’ll set off a chain reaction among the synapses in my cerebellum. One trip to Bellacino’s means I can subject my kids to days of me singing the “Lunch Lady Land Song” from Saturday Night Live.

My kids may not know the Magna Carta from Magnum P.I., but by God they will know “Hoagies and grinders, hoagies and grinders, Navy beans, navy beans and (singing like Axl Rose) Sloppy Joe, slop, sloppy joe”.

I am a simple man, and simple things make me happy.

Bellacino’s is located at 716 Dolly Parton Pkwy in Sevierville and is one of the few pizza places on this list that offer delivery.

Mellow Mushroom at the Island in Pigeon Forge
The Mellow Mushroom at the Island in Pigeon Forge has some of the best pizza in the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Mellow Mushroom

I know, I hear you.

I picked chains for the top two pizza picks. But hear me out before you grab your pitchforks.

If you’re already opting for pizza while on vacation in the Smokies something tells me you’re not strictly adhering to only local cuisine and unique experiences anyway.

Plus, the Mellow Mushroom may be a chain but it’s not as common as let’s say … Papa Johns or Dominos.

Those of us who grew up in small towns went the better portion of our lives having never sampled Mellow Mushroom.

And let’s be honest, when you’ve been on vacation for a few days and your brain is fried from taking a group vote on every activity and every meal, Mellow Mushroom is just an easy, classic, tried and true go-to.

Their extraordinarily 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.

Are you vegetarian? Or lactose intolerant? Got a pallet that only craves glazed pecan tempeh and tofu pizza?

Guess what, Mellow Mushroom has a pizza for you.

Long live the king.

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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Morgan is the founder Morgan Media LLC, a graphic design agency and the co-founder of TheSmokies.com LLC – a media company that specializes in regional travel sites.

24 thoughts on “Who Has the Best Pizza Near Pigeon Forge? Here’s Our Top 5, Ranked”

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

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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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

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

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

  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.

  10. We love Big Daddy’s !!! Wished we had one in Fort Wayne, In. 👍🥰

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

  12. Best Italian in Elks plaza is the BEST and you have enough leftovers for the dinner tomorrow

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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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