Pizza might just be the world’s most perfect food. It is simple, inexpensive, and can be tailored to fit virtually anyone’s taste. Vacationers in search of a delicious slice or pie during their trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will not be disappointed! Our Smoky Mountain cities are home to a number of fantastic pizzerias, each of which offers a unique spin on everyone’s favorite meal. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to five restaurants that serve the best pizza in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN.
1. Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria
Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria certainly lives up to its name! This hugely popular restaurant has been serving up some of the area’s most celebrated pizza pies since 1976. Guests can expect pizza with a sweet sauce, plentiful cheese, and a delicious thin crust that is crispy and chewy. In addition to their wonderful pizza, we recommend ordering up a serving of Best Italian’s irresistible garlic rolls, which are dripping in butter and parmesan cheese. Best Italian has two locations in Gatlinburg: the original in Elks Plaza and another restaurant on the Parkway.
2. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
If you’re in search of mouthwatering brick oven pizza, be sure to put Big Daddy’s on your vacation itinerary. All of this restaurant’s pies are baked to perfection at 550 degrees by wood-fired flames for a delightfully crispy crust. Big Daddy’s hearty pizzas are loaded with premium toppings that are as fresh as can be (the restaurant doesn’t even have a freezer onsite).
Adventurous eaters can try one of Big Daddy’s inventive pizza creations, such as the Wing It Pizza (made with ranch dressing and chicken marinated in their wing sauce) or the Taco Pie Pizza (featuring refried beans, ground beef, and cheddar cheese). Big Daddy’s has a location in Gatlinburg and a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, which includes a stellar arcade.
3. Slice Pizza Bakery
As you may have guessed by its name, the Slice Pizza Bakery is the perfect destination if you’re just in the mood for a slice or two. Located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, this pizzeria is famous for its enormous New York-style slices, which are at least twice the size of a typical slice. Of course, Slice Pizza Bakery also serves entire pies for guests with a big appetite. We’re fans of their Pulled Pork Pizza and Philly Cheese Steak Pizza.
4. Smoky Mountain Brewery
Smoky Mountain Brewery is another contender for the title of best pizza in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. Although the Brewery is most well-known as a craft beer taproom, it is also a full-service restaurant that serves incredible hand-tossed pizza.
A few of our favorite pies at the Smoky Mountain Brewery include the Brewmaster (a four-cheese white pizza with roasted chicken, garlic roasted tomatoes, and spinach) and the Baker’s Choice (topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers). Smoky Mountain Brewery has locations in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
5. Mellow Mushroom
If you’ve never had pizza from the Mellow Mushroom before, you’re in for a real treat! These one-of-a-kind pies are made from springwater dough infused with molasses, for a pizza that is far more substantial than most. Boasting a thick crust that is brushed with garlic butter and parmesan cheese, the Mellow Mushroom’s “Southern-style” pizza completely upends the traditional New York vs. Chicago divide.
All of the pizzas at the Mellow Mushroom can be ordered as an individual 10” pizza, medium 14” pizza, or a large 16” pizza. Vacationers will find Mellow Mushroom locations in downtown Gatlinburg, on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, and at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
When you stay with Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be near all of the best pizza in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN. Our cabins come with your choice of fantastic amenities, including scenic mountain views, decks with hot tubs and rocking chairs, fully equipped kitchens, epic theater rooms, and fun game rooms. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins for romantic escapes to 15 bedroom lodges for family reunions, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your getaway. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!