When the moon hits your eye, and you’re craving pizza pie, sing “That’s Amore” on the way to Satchel’s Pizza! The aromas of fresh basil, garlic, and baked bread greet you upon walking through the doors. The artsy atmosphere sets the scene for a memorable dining experience. The sun beams through brilliant stained-glass displays, and unique works of art adorn the walls. You can even eat dinner in an old VW bus if you feel so inclined! This establishment stands out from all the rest! Craft a creative pizza or opt for a pie with traditional toppings. Discover more great restaurants and thoughtful insight into the Gainesville area in our free Vacation Guide!
What We Love About Satchel’s Pizza
What makes this pizza joint one of the best restaurants in Gainesville? The food, of course! Load your pizza up with all the toppings your heart desires. Spice things up with fresh jalapeno, sweeten the deal with pineapples, or add blasts of flavor with fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Stick with the classic tomato base or try something different with the white pie or pesto base. They even offer vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu items! With options like vegan pesto, BBQ tempeh, and dairy-free cheeses, nobody leaves hungry.
While pizzas are the most popular thing to order, those looking for a lighter option will appreciate “The Satch Salad.” Feast on a bed of mixed greens topped with carrots, cucumbers, apples, red onion, tomatoes, almonds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. Everyone loves their secret house vinaigrette so much that they sell whole bottles of it!
If you’ve still got room after the main course, check out their assortment of sweets baked in-house. Cannoli, anyone? For something sweet but not so filling, try one of their housemade sodas!
The Unique Setting
No matter where you choose to sit, you’re in for quite an experience! The restaurant is located in downtown Gainesville, near the University of Florida! The entire property is adorned with beautiful artwork. Stained-glass windows, crafted by the owner himself, shine colorful reflections throughout the building. Satch, the owner, also crafted his own mosaic tiles and painted abstract works of art with which he decorated his unique establishment. Everywhere you look, colorful works of art abound.
Taking the unique experience even further, patrons can seat themselves in an old VW bus outside. Perhaps you’d prefer dining in the greenhouse, surrounded by lush foliage. Whatever fits your fancy, this laid-back restaurant provides plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind with a delicious slice of pizza. There’s even a playground for those in need of family-friendly entertainment!
Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn
Whether you’re in Gainesville to go to the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for an evening of football and UF traditions or you’re visiting for an exciting event or festival, consider carving out some time to eat at Satchel’s Pizza. While you’re here, stay with us at Sweetwater Branch Inn! Our Carriage House is an elegantly furnished cottage that allows for plenty of space and privacy for an extended stay! Enjoy the weather out on the standing balcony and look out over our beautiful koi pond. We’re happy to offer suggestions on the best things to do in Gainesville, and we’d love to host you during your visit!