We went on the hunt for the best pizza places in Gainesville, Florida and discovered a few pizzerias with the fresh ingredients and cheesy goodness we were craving.
In case you didn’t know, Gainesville has quite a diverse culinary scene which foodies will really appreciate. With it being a college town, pizza places also abound, which lead us to wonder… which are the best places to eat pizza in Gainesville? During our recent visit, we decided to go and find out.
We got suggestions from locals and found three Gainesville restaurants who’s pizza is considered all the rage. Each pizzeria has a different style of pizza and a different ambiance, so each is perfect in its own way.
As the new kid on the block, Ameraucana Pizzeria is already making a name for itself. Their pizza is made with wild yeast sourdough and cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving the crust great flavor and leaving it crispy and a bit charred. We enjoyed seeing the pizza being made in front of us and also being able to see it cooking in the oven. The decor at Ameraucana is simple and clean and we quickly settled down at our table so we could order.
We ended up getting two pizzas. The first was The Marge which comes with Bianco Di Napoli crushed tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, basil, olive oil, and sea salt and we also added meatballs. The second pizza was The Spicy Pancetta which has Fior Di Latte, thinly sliced pancetta, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, parmigiano reggiano, and local honey. To finish up our meal, we ordered the Flourless Chocolate Decadence for dessert.
Right in the heart of downtown Gainesville is Big Lou’s NY Style Pizzeria. They’re a great place to stop for lunch, with really good specials. If the weather is nice, definitely sit outside and people watch as everyone walks to and from work. To start, we ordered garlic bread and chicken wings, but of course the main attraction was the pizza.
We ordered a slice of cheese and a slice of pepperoni. Both slices were huge and lived up to the NY style standard! The slices were thin, but with a thick crust, and the mozzarella cheese was nice and gooey. The pepperoni was on point too!
This quirky establishment is a little further from the center of town, but people gladly make the drive to go to Satchel’s Pizza. It looks small when you first drive up, but then you realize that there’s a lot more to it in the back, including a stage for live music and a playground for the kiddies. They even have an old van that you can eat inside of (yes, it has AC).
While you’re figuring out what to order, you can look around and admire stained glass windows made by Satch himself as well as art made by local residents. Satchel’s makes their own soda (which we ordered a flight of) and offers many vegan options. We chuckled when we heard people go to Satchel’s just for the salad, until we tried it and decided it’s one of the best salads we’ve ever had.
And the pizza… we ordered one regular slice and one Satch Pan slice. The Satch Pan has a thicker crust which borders, but isn’t quite, a deep dish pizza. The crust of the regular slice had a really nice crunch to it and we loved the fluffiness of the thicker slice, so we liked both styles a lot.
We really enjoyed our quest to find Gainesville’s best pizza places! We loved that there were different styles for us to try and that even though we went for the pizza, there were other yummy items on their menus as well.
We hope that you’re able to visit Gainesville soon so that you can try these pizzerias for yourselves! 😉
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**A big thank you to Visit Gainesville for indulging our love of pizza. Although they covered the cost of our meals, as always, all opinions are our own.**