Pizza has become such a massive part of American life that it should PROBABLY have its own spot on the food pyramid. The delicious Friday night food and birthday party staple has blow up into its own culture of creamy cheeses and perfect spice blends. Here in Tennessee, we may be known as a place of fried chicken and biscuits, but we ain’t too shabby when it comes to pizza pie. We’ll show you!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Big Ed's Pizza - Oak Ridge
Big Ed's Pizza earned a HUGE round of applause from locals, some of you even writing us to say how amazing their pizza pie is to the Tennessee folk. And you were right - wow. What a fantastic place to grab a cheesy, meaty, perfect bite. You can find it at 101 Broadway Avenue.
2. Papa Ron's Pizza & Italian Steakhouse - Monteagle
This old-school eatery is known across the state for its pizza pie, and it's location in gorgeous and naturally stunning Monteagle just adds to the warm, inviting atmosphere. This is where you come for comfort food and good service, so leave your diets at the door. Their wine selection is great, too! You can visit yourself at 402 W Main Street.
3. DeSano Pizza Bakery - Nashville
DeSano's is one of the best and most well-known pizzerias in Nashville, a great place if you're looking for an upscale pie with perfectly toasted thin crust. The picnic table seating only adds to the communal environment, as do the wood burning stoves and open kitchen. Grab a bite to eat at 115 16th Ave S.
4. Scratch Brick Oven Pizza - Johnson City
Get cozy at this sweet, small town pizzeria that oozes with fabulous thin crust pizza and southern hospitality. The wood-fired ovens give their pizzas the edge that takes them eons beyond the average take-and-bake, and Scratch has become a go-to for locals and tourists alike. They are located at 100 E Unaka Avenue.
5. Pizza Palace - Knoxville
Pizza Palace earned its stripes with a visit by Guy Fieri a few years ago, but this neighborhood joint has been a pillar of community since it opened in 1961. Fame doesn't change a good thing, and Pizza Palace is the place to celebrate a big win or simply connect with your loved ones. The diner-esque atmosphere feeds your sense of nostalgia and dovetails nicely with their extensive menu of pasta and Italian comfort fare. You can order your favorites at 3132 E Magnolia Avenue.
6. Nona Lisa Pizzeria - Watertown
Watertown may be a small town, but their pizza deserves a BIG slice of fame. It's not only their delicious pizzas that take the proverbial cake, but the kind attentiveness shown by your servers take the eatery to the next level. There's nothing like a classic pepperoni pizza surrounded by good folk, and you can find it at 208 E Main Street.
7. Ziggy's Pizza & Sandwich Shop - Mt. Juliet
Ziggy's never really slows down, and it's for good reason. The pizza parlor claims that they are, "passionate" about their food and service, and it shows. The consistently buzzing and busy pizzeria reflect the happy and full patrons that keep the humble spot in business. The seating is a bit lacking, though, so make sure to order to go! Pick up your new favorite pizza at 8985 Stewarts Ferry Pike.
8. La Tavola Ristorante Italiano - Smyrna
La Tavola serves all the Italian standards, and they serve them up well. Indulge in a plate of pasta with pizza on the side (see above) or take some to go from this locally owned and well-loved Smyrna spot. Folks say their pizza is the best in town, and the same goes for their calzones. Wander in and grab a bite at 114 Front Street.
9. Bella Napoli Pizzeria - Nashville
Bella Napoli is a Nashville classic. We love the romantic atmosphere, the great service and the undeniably delicious pastas and pizzas on their menu. It has made our list a couple of times, and for good, good reason. Great for first dates and easy lunches! This is the kind of old world pizza that will keep the meat on your bones - order a favorite at 1200 Villa Place, #206.
10. Block City Pizza - Huntington
You don't need much more than tasty food and great service to make an evening out enjoyable, and Block City Pizza has both in spades. This is an establishment that knows what good pizza is, and they make it up REAL well. Even Chicagoans are singing the praises of this small town gem. Visit for yourself at 19085 W Main Street.
11. Teammates Pizza - Mountain City
Mountain City gets their name on the map with this neighborhood pizza parlor. Located at 310 W Main Street, they set themselves apart from the rest with their deliciously decadent pizzas and equally indulgent desserts. Anybody up for a visit? That pepperoni pizza up there has us sold!
12. The Tomato Head - Knoxville
The Tomato Head is a chain, yes, but this locally owned spot is absolutely delicious and en pointe for those in your family that may have diet restrictions or food allergies. Everything is prepared fresh daily, and as we all know - that makes ALL the difference. There are multiple locations, but we'd recommend the hip location at 12 Market Square.