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When you visit Gatlinburg you'll discover dozens of casual and fine dining restaurants. Even though you'll likely love the local cuisine, sometimes Italian food just seems right. In Gatlinburg you won't have to worry that you'll miss your NY style pizza because some of the best pizza around is made right here. While you can visit the big chain pizza places, what we're talking about are locally owned and operated restaurants. These delivery, dine in and carry out places are Gatlinburg, through and through.

After a full day skiing or exploring all the shops Gatlinburg has to offer, you'll surely work up a big appetite. Satisfy your craving for something extra delicious with crispy crust or deep dish pizzas, with as much cheese as you can stand. Gatlinburg pizza places know how to put together a tempting pizza pie, and they can even create vegetarian wonders for people who wish to indulge, but want to do so sensibly.

Enjoy a Variety of Italian Specialties in Gatlinburg

Variety and choice are both front and center when you order pizza in Gatlinburg. The local pizza places offer dozens of toppings and the Italian sandwiches and side dishes they make are perfect for rounding out your meal. Whether you have one or 21 in your party, hand tossed pizza, salad, lasagna, and more will tempt you. You'll find just about every Italian specialty that you love is available in Gatlinburg, so you won't have to let your desire for spaghetti, veal parmigiana, eggplant parmesan or garlic rolls go unfulfilled. If you're in the mood for steak, why not try a steak pizza? Gatlinburg's local pizza places are proud of their dough that's made fresh daily and pizzas available in pan, thin crust or hand tossed varieties. Pizza wouldn't be the same without side orders of peppers and extra sauce to complete the experience and Gatlinburg pizza places cater to your tastes with all of these finishing touches.

Try Specialty Pizzas and Calzones

You won't want to leave town until you try specialty pizzas and calzones, Gatlinburg style. Some pizza places allow you to build your own calzones and pizza. The ingredients you can add range from green peppers, onions, tomatoes, Italian sausage and many more tempting toppings. Pizza chefs can add multiple types of cheeses, so when you ask for extra cheese, let them know if you mean mozzarella, feta, parmesan, ricotta or provolone. Gatlinburg pizza places know how to create mouthwatering breadsticks too. Get an extra side order of garlic butter and let the dipping begin!

One of the best things about Gatlinburg pizza is that you can get it your way. There are restaurants that sell specialty pies made with chicken, vegetables and several kinds of cheese and there are places where you can stop in fast to get a slice and a drink. Or you can luxuriate in your Gatlinburg hotel and let the pizza come to you, delivered hot and fresh. Before you even come to Gatlinburg you can take to the web and print out menus from several of the pizza places, so you'll know ahead of time where you'd like to stop. You can start here to find the best pizza restaurants in Gatlinburg.

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