When you think about comfort food, does pizza come to mind? Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have whatever you want – no matter where you are from. There’s Chicago style, New York style, mid-west style, wood-fired, whole pizzas and by the slice!
Smoky Mountain Brewery
Smoky Mountain Brewery is the bomb, according to my sister Heather and her family – oh and lots of other people too!
With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Brewery offers carry out and delivery right now.
Heather likes The Brewmaster, which is a four-cheese blend of goodness with garlic-roasted tomatoes and chicken.
“It’s got a white sauce, which I normally hate. I’m not an alfredo girl, I’m not a white sauce girl. … They put grilled chicken, sundried tomatoes and spinach,” Heather told me.
“It’s the family favorite. Their pizzas are great. Awesome crust, kind of chewy. It’s good – it’s good pizza!”
Also among the Brewery’s hand-tossed pizzas are the T-Rex – this all-meat pie includes Italian Genoa salami, sausage, pepperoni and meatballs.
The Baker’s Choice has pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, sausage and green peppers.
The Buffalo Chicken pie is a four-cheese blend “white” pie with blue cheese crumbles, onions and roasted chicken tossed in the restaurant’s Sweet & Spicy Thunder Road Sauce.
Take out is available “Immediately, we’re ready,” said Amanda who answered the phone at the Pigeon Forge location.
You can get pizza or any of your other favorites from the Brewery by pick up oerdelivery within a 10-mile radius – along with beer!
The Brewery locations are: Pigeon Forge, at 2530 Parkway, (865) 868-1400 and Gatlinburg at 1004 Parkway, (865) 436-4200.
The pizza starts with handcrafted, homemade dough that is pulled by their “pizzeoli”. It is then topped with homemade sauces and fresh ingredients. “We’re so committed to that freshness that there isn’t a freezer on the premises,” the restaurant claims.
Known for their wood-fired pizzas, Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is offering takeout and curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at its three locations in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
This is not your average pie! At the heart of Big Daddy’s is a 550-degree, wood-fired flame inside of a one-of-a-kind brick oven
The Sausage Crust Pizza is truly unique. Any 10-inch pizza on the menu can be low carb on this crust made of a full pound of sausage and zero flour!
With that as a starter, you know the rest of the menu has to be fun.
The Boo Boo Bomber is a simple pepperoni pie with a fantastic name.
Mamma Mia (here we go again, my my, how can I resist you?) – this irresistible pie has marinara sauce, mozzarella-provolone blend, pepperoni, Genoa salami, Italian sausage, prosciutto, green peppers, red onion, black olives and mushrooms.
Specialty pies include Smoky Mountain Cheesesteak with prime rib! Meatball Mania – sing it with me with a little word change: “on top of my pizza, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball” – you know the rest.
Porky Pie has sweet barbecue sauce, mozzarella-provolone, prosciutto, bacon, black forest ham and Italian sausage. Oink Oink!
There’s a Chicken Florentine pie – my sister highly recommends this one too. It has spinach-artichoke dip as the base and is topped with chicken and roma tomatoes.
Another one to try is Herbivore – with spinach, tomatoes, roasted garlic, banana peppers, mushrooms, red peppers and feta cheese. Yum!
Wing It has chicken marinated in Big Daddy’s wing sauce, along with ranch dressing, red onions, garlic and jalapenos. Big Kahuna is marinara sauce, fresh pineapple, Canadian bacon and goat cheese. There’s also a BBQ 4 U pie and Taco Pie, which has refried beans as a base with ground beef, cheddar cheese and after it is cooked, topped with lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a cheese sauce.
This is making me hungry. Let’s find some more pizzas.
Cobbly Nob Cafe & Pizza
Cobbly Nob Café & Pizza in Gatlinburg is a build-your-own kind of place. These made-to-order pies are as much or as little as you want on them and as creative as you can be with their ingredients. You can also just say “give me” a veggie, a meat or a supreme – a little combination of both with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions.
Located at 3720 E. Parkway in Gatlinburg, Cobbly Nob (how fun is THAT to say?) is offering carry out only. Call them at (865) 430-4688
Taste of Italy
Taste of Italy is considered by locals to offer THE best Italian food in the Smokies. Located at 1235 E. Parkway in Gatlinburg, Taste of Italy makes gourmet pizzas in addition to calzones, baked stuffed rolls, subs and full entrees.
Among the 12 pizzas – plus the option to build your own – are Chicken Spinach Alfredo; Philly Cheese Steak – steak, peppers, onions and cheddar cheese; Chicken, Bacon & Ranch; Chicken Pesto; Buffalo Chicken – spicy chicken and onions in a creamy ranch sauce; and Hawaiian – ham, bacon and pineapple.
Contact Taste of Italy at (865) 325-1750
If you have never tried a Mellow Mushroom pizza, you’re in for a treat for the mouth and the mind. You can build your own pizza or choose from one of the many fun and interesting Mellow Mushroom concoctions.
Among the specialty pies are Kosmic Karma – red sauce with feta cheese, mozzarella spinach sun-dried roasted tomatoes roma tomatoes and a cosmic pesto swirl; Funky Q Chicken – barbecued chicken, mozzarella and cheddar, caramelized onions, Applewood-smoked bacon and a bbq swirl; Holy Shitake (giggle) – olive oil and garlic, shitake, button and portobello mushrooms with caramelized onions, mozzarella and MontAmore, finished with a garlic aioli swirl and a spritz of black truffle oil. Holy Shitake is right!
Then there is Pacific Rim – my sisters Summer and Heather like this one. Red sauce with mozzarella, ham, bacon, caramelized onions, pineapple and jalapenos.
“It’s everything!” – Heather said.
There are so many more pies on the menu to check out.
What I love about Mellow Mushroom is that everything including the crust can be completely customized. Can’t or don’t eat gluten? Any pie can be made with gluten-free crust that is quite tasty. Can’t or don’t eat dairy – no problem. Although the famous crust does include a touch of Parmesan at the end, it can be made without it like the Vegan Veg Out. Mellow Mushroom also has a dairy-free cheese I know my brother, Bob, likes.
“They have lots of vegan stuff there,” Heather told me. “They’re all hippy dippy – they’ve got the vegan, the gluten free. It’s great if you’re going with a big group.”
131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge (865) 286-3800
Mellow Mushroom in Pigeon Forge
2485 Parkway (865) 286-2229
Another locally owned pizza joint is Geno’s Pizza, which serves dinner only with takeout and delivery available at both locations – in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Opened in 1984, Geno’s makes its dough fresh daily. You can have it in a pan, hand-tossed or thin with homemade sauce.
Geno’s Special is a meat and veggie dream of pepperoni, beef, sausage, mushrooms, onion, green peppers and black olives. Or skip the veggies and add ham and bacon for the All Meat Lovers.
The Steak & Cheese Pizza includes thinly sliced top sirloin with mushrooms, green peppers and onions.
Find Genos in Gatlinburg at 385 East Pkwy, (865) 430-9300 and in Pigeon Forge at 2631 Parkway #3, (865) 428-2496
Any way you slice it, when you’re in the Smokies, you can get your pizza fix.
We Love Pizza!
Did you know Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza a day? That’s 350 slices per second!
There are 76,993 pizzerias in the United States and the U.S. pizza market is a $45.73 billion industry, according to Pizza Power Report.
Americans aren’t the only ones who love pizza – we didn’t even invent it. Pizza – in some form – has been around for centuries. In fact, different kinds of flatbreads have been found in civilizations around the world. Ancient China had a flatbread called bing. – a wheat flour-based bread flattened like a disk. India’s paratha is a layered flat bread using ghee as its fat. South and Central Asia have unleavened and leavened breads known as roti and naan. In France, there is the galette – a savory crepe or crepe salee. The Egyptians and Greeks ate flatbreads topped with oils, spices or fruits.
In Naples, Italy, considered by many to be the modern birthplace of pizza, Italians were eating flatbread combined with herbs and cheese in the mid-1800s. And somewhere during that time, tomatoes were added – creating the beginnings of the pizzas we know today.
In the U.S., Lombardi’s in New York is given credit as the first American pizzeria. Lombardi’s still stands today on Spring Street in Little Italy.
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