Gainesville is blessed with many great pizza options, but Scuola Pizza offers something unique with their food and décor!
You can dine in their beautiful indoor space, or pick up to go. They also offer delivery through uber eats, grubhub, and 352 delivery, which is good since the location could be a bit far if you live around campus.
Scuola Pizza, which opened in March of 2021 by the Sinis family, has a modern vibe with wood and black colored interior accented by bright colored walls.
The interior choice that caught my eye most was the collection of bright and colorful books lining the walls, and also the open book mural made with tons of real books!
The many books not only add a unique touch to the interior space, but also provide for some good reading while you order or eat.
When I asked about all of the books aligning the walls, our server kindly explained how Scuola means school in Italian and how the owner used to teach English in Greece so he wanted to share his love for books! I also love reading, so I was delighted to see some of my favorite books being featured. The space almost seemed like a café with the cozy and calming atmosphere.
We got started with some water and this is a small detail, but I like how they were using biodegradable straws made from agave!
The dishes at Scuola Pizza are inspired by European and Mediterranean cuisine ranging from salads to pasta, burgers, gyro platters and more. They also have Craft-Your-Own pizzas ranging from $10.95 for 12 inches or $14.25 for 16 inches.
Since I went when they were doing a Buy One Get One Half Off deal, I chose two options from their variety of specialty pies.
The Scuola pizza ($13.95 for 12 inch) was my favorite pizza that I tried as it was topped with plenty of pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers. Some pizzas with sausage and pepperoni can be a bit too salty, but this one did not feel overly salty at all. I liked how the meat and bell peppers were cut in smaller pieces to create a more even texture as well. The ingredients tasted fresh and complimented the cheese and crispy texture of the crust really well.
The Margherita pizza ($11.95 for 12 inch) was also very good with fresh mozzarella, grated pecorino romano, olive oil & basil. Their pizza is flame baked in a wood fire oven and it was very tasty. Another small detail that I liked was that they designed a newspaper for their paper lining the pizzas. Such a great design idea that provides some history and a crossword puzzle!
They also have local and imported beers, as well as wines.
We paired our pizzas with some Greek beers and went for the Mythos beer (est. 1997, $3.50) and the Fix beer (est. 1864, $4). I liked the taste of the Fix beer a lot better; it was light and went really well with the pizza.
I was too full for dessert but want to try their Baklava Cheesecake and Athenian Chocolate Mousse in the future.
I would definitely visit Scuola Pizza again for some food for my stomach, as well as my brain!
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