Our search for quality pizza in East Tennessee continues… Recently we received a recommendation for a pizza restaurant from another restaurant owner so when we were in the neighborhood and it was time for an early dinner, we gave it a try.
This is Gavino’s Pizzeria. It’s in a strip shopping center on Kingston Pike (US Hwy. 11) in Knoxville Tennessee.
We tend to try restaurants when they aren’t busy…before time for dinner or after the prime lunch hour. That was the case at Gavino's. It’s a decent sized pizza joint, it was clean and our waitress was very nice.
The menu includes Hero Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Appetizers, 4 entrees, Calzones, Kids meals, sides and pizza. Among the non-pizza choices, there is a Greek Salad, Mussels and a local favorite, “Jones Beach Frys”.
The last page of the menu is all about the pizza. There are 7 specialty pizzas available and there are a variety of additional toppings that you add to your selection. Pizzas come with 8 or 9 slices per pie. You also have the option to “Make Your Own Special Pizza”.
Basically there is only one size pizza on the menu although you can order by the slice. That was a negative in our mind… A thick crust and a thinner crust are available as well as a “Stuffed Meat Pie”. We decided to design our own pizza. We could add 3 – 5 toppings for $22.95. We stayed with our standard preferences…pepperoni and Italian sausage.
This was a good pizza, albeit a bit pricy. The crust was good and the ingredients were of a decent quality. We both agreed that the pie was a little short on the pepperoni and sausage. Four or 5 additional pieces of each would have really popped up this pie to another level. In retrospect we should have asked if we could double the meats to get us up to 4 out of our 5 toppings…
We will return to Gavino’s for another pizza. Even with the price, single size fits all and the ‘toppings’ issues, it was one of the best we’ve found here in East Tennessee. Gavino’s Pizzeria is located at 5211 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Phone: 865-657-9624. I didn’t find a website but Gavino’s is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GavinosPizzeria.
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Thanks for stopping by for a slice of pizza!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave