5 best pizza places in Gainesville area 

The sign outside of Satchel's Pizza
Top places to grab a slice.
Photo by Olivia Hanna

Editor’s note: The shops featured in this story are evaluated using Reddit, Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor and staff experiences. 

Ask people in Gainesville where the best pizza is and you are bound to hear a different answer from each one. With endless options, styles and toppings, it can be hard to choose a favorite.  

Here are the top five best places to grab a slice in Gainesville (and the surrounding area).  

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Scuola Pizza  

Scuola pizza exterior
Photo by Olivia Hanna

Still rather new to the Gainesville food scene, Scuola Pizza opened in March of 2021. The owners moved from Greece to Gainesville and started a restaurant that mixes European cuisines. However, pizza is Scuola’s bestselling item, and for good reason.  

The dough is made in house with fresh ingredients and flame baked. Reviews rave about how the pizza is light, crispy and boasts a tangy and flavorful sauce.  

Fan favorites are the Scuola Pizza, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers or Big Nick’s Pie, which is Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, ranch, chicken and bacon for a less traditional take.  

  • Location: 5240 NW 34th Blvd, Suite A 
  • Hours: 4-9 p.m. Sun., closed Mon., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tues.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat 

Satchel’s Pizza  

Satchel's Pizza
Photo by Olivia Hanna Satchel’s Pizza

It seems since Satchel’s Pizza first opened its doors in 2003 it has been in everyone’s top five for pizza in Gainesville. Named on our date night list, Satchel’s combines artisanal pizza and fun like no one else.  

For the full Satchel’s experience order the pan pizza, which is soft on the inside and has caramelized edges. You can customize your order with over 35 ingredients, including vegan and vegetarian options.   

  • Location: 1800 NE 23rd Ave.   
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 

V Pizza  

V Pizza exterior
Photo by Olivia Hanna V Pizza exterior

Since its inception in Jacksonville in 2014, V Pizza has brought a taste of Italy to Florida.  

The pizza is a traditional Italian style made with sourced Italian ingredients. Even the brick pizza ovens that V Pizza uses are shipped in from Italy. The results? A crispy (slightly burnt) quality pizza.  

V Pizza also has a special pizza of the week that alternates on new creations submitted from the team.  

  • Location: 115 SE 1st St. 
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri.-Sat.  

Blue Highway Pizzeria 

Blue Highway Pizzeria.
Photo by Olivia Hanna Blue Highway Pizzeria exterior

Blue Highway Pizzeria started in Micanopy and has since opened another location in Tioga Town Center in Jonesville.  

The restaurants have a large following. Blue Highway uses organic and local ingredients when the two are available, and the pizzeria offers gluten free and vegetarian options.  

Choose from a variety of house-made sauces and fresh ingredients on a build your own pizza or pick one of the pre-selected options that range from classics like margarita to creative options like scampi pizza (Garlic butter, mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, fontina, shrimp, roasted shallots, parsley).  

Micanopy location: 204 NE US Highway 441 

  • Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun.-Mon., closed Tues., 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.  

Tioga location: 13005 SW 1st Rd.  

  • Hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thur.-Sun. 

Peppino’s Pizza and Pasta 

Peppino's Pizza & Pasta exterior
Photo by Olivia Hanna Peppino’s Pizza & Pasta exterior

For a taste of authentic New York pizza, try Peppino’s, a small family-owned business. The owner is from Queens and brings over 17 years of restaurant experience.  

All of the dough is made in house daily, and Peppino’s uses the freshest ingredients. The results? Reviews rave about the authentic New York pizza flavor with some saying its better than a New York or New Jersey slice.  

Try Joe’s Favorite, based on the owner’s preferences for the perfect slice, which includes bacon, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil and ricotta cheese.  

  • Location: 3731 West University Ave. 
  • Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Sun., closed Mon., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 

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Michelle Donnelly

You missed Leonardo’s pizza at millhopper shopping. Deep dish pizza with great sauce, sausage, mushrooms and everything else you want. AND the Garlic Rolls….can’t be anything better


Yes! Tragic miss.

Big Leo, garlic knots, eggplant parm and awesome lasagna, to name but a few! Excellent.

Nowadays I’d say I Sole Mio and Piesanos are legitimate peers to them.


Villagios Pizzeria rivals this list despite being in Newberry. If you like all the toppings then ask for a large deluxe.

Gary Donner

I concur.


You left out a Gainesville staple for over 30 years…


Angel Cogar

I got a margarita pizza from scuola. It was maybe 5 pieces of mozzarellaon the entire pie, and one shred of basil per slice. Seriously, the most pathetic example of anything calling itself a pizza.


I do not know how you can discuss the best pizzas in Gainesville and omit Paisanos. Local, delicious, reasonably priced, friendly service – what’s not to like. I especially like the thin-crust Antico pizza, but my husband prefers the meat lovers, and my grandson likes the white pizza.




Scuola’s 🔥🔥

Leslie Brown

Olivia…you should trek just a little further west on Newberry Rd (hway 26). Turn left at the light. About 1/4.mile on the left.is Vilalagos Pizza.
It’s a hole in the wall. But super good food.

Lyle Livengood

Any top 5 pizza list in Gainesville that does not include Leonardo’s is suspect.


I first ate Leonardo’s pizza in 1974. It was then, and is today, the best pizza in Florida. I don’t think your reviewers understand what good pizza is.


On November 30, 2023 The Gainesville Sun posted an article about the best pizza in Florida.

Jay Snyder

You forgot the only pizza place that has been in business since 1976 and is still a GREAT PIZZA PLACE!!!!!

Margaret Denny

Large pies at Satchel’s are priced from $33 to $35 dollars.. Really????

Robin Nelson

Olivia went to UCF and lived in Orlando. Maybe that’s why the list left off Leonardo’s? She just doesn’t know what she doesn’t know.