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Best Pizza Places in the Smokies

If you know me, you know that I love to eat. There’s no denying my affinity for food, and sometimes I just need a good old-fashioned slice of pepperoni pizza. So when my family is looking for the best pizza near Dollywood, we certainly have our go-to spots.

We have two kids, and while there are a number of great places to eat in Pigeon Forge, sometimes pizza just seems to be the best food for kids!


If we’re talking about great pizza places in the Smokies, you have to start right here at Dollywood. Iron Horse Pizza provides tasty options if you’re looking for the best pizza in Dollywood. Iron Horse Pizza offers flatbread pizzas, as well as side salads, and usually serves up seasonal versions of their pizzas alongside the traditional favorites. Iron Horse Pizza also offers outdoor seating near the Dollywood Express, so if your kids love to see the train, there is no doubt this is one of the best pizza restaurants in the Smokies.

Dollywood’s Splash Country

It always seems like you just are hungrier after a day of splashing around. At least it seems to make my kids hungrier! That is why I’m thankful that you can find awesome personal-sized pizzas at Campsite Grill. The kids love them, but I think I might like them even more. In fact, on days that I’m working at Dollywood’s Splash Country, it is ALWAYS my lunch of choice. By the way, gluten-free crust is available by request at Iron Horse Pizza and Campsite Grill.

Pizza Places in the Smokies, Campsite Grill

Pigeon Forge

If you are staying at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, you’ll find the fresh-baked pizza available at the DM Pantry is the perfect in-room snack after an exhausting day exploring in the Smokies. You can phone in your order and then head to the DM Pantry to pick it up. Enjoy it by the pool, near a firepit or even in your room!

Pizza Places in the Smokies, DMR Pantry



If you’re enjoying the day in Gatlinburg, some of the best Italian food and pizza you can find is at the appropriately named Best Italian. There are two locations, the “express” location on the Parkway in Gatlinburg and the original location near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy the atmosphere of the original location, and their selection of New York-style thin crust pizza is spectacular. There also are many other Italian options on the menu for anyone in your group who may not enjoy pizza as much as you or me.

Pizza Places in the Smokies, Best Italian

Best Pizza in the Knoxville area

If you happen to be near Oak Ridge, you have to stop and check out what many locals suggest is the best pizza in the area. My wife grew up near Big Ed’s Pizza and still frequently requests a trip to Big Ed’s on her birthday. “Big Ed” Neusel and his wife opened the location in 1970, and it is still in the same location. The line to get in can be long, so plan ahead if you want to visit during your trip to the area.

Pizza Places in the Smokies, Big Ed's

By | 2022-04-06T15:21:31+00:00 October 13th, 2021|Dining|0 Comments

About the Author:

While he is originally from Gate City, Virginia, Wes Ramey has long considered Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains region his second home. Many weekends of the year, he would travel with his parents and grandparents to the Smokies to enjoy some his favorite attractions in the area, including the Space Needle, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, go karts, and of course, Dollywood. Based on his love as a three-year-old for Dollywood’s Convoy ride (there is a picture on his desk), Wes first told his parents he wanted to become a truck driver when he grew up. He also enjoyed the Flooded Mine because: A.) it was the only ride his mamaw was brave enough to ride, and B.) she was usually scared halfway through! When Wes isn’t working to tell people about the awesome things you can do at Dollywood with your family (scaring your grandparents doesn’t count), he enjoys spending time with his wife Lyndsey and young children. Most of his days are filled with reading Imagination Library books and baking imaginary cupcakes for tea parties, but when he has time, he enjoys anything with wheels and an engine. While Wes doesn’t own his own race car (yet), he does enjoy watching the professionals do their thing each week. For now, he fulfills his need for speed on Lightning Rod, Thunderhead, Wild Eagle and the Rockin’ Roadway!
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