Gainesville isn’t lacking on pizza joints, but if you want a little more than the routine chains offer, and a more sophisticated atmosphere then Leonardo’s is the place to be. Since 1973, Leonardo’s has attracted people who wouldn’t mind a little culture with their meal. This place is draped in an artistic and classy atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for any occasion with California and Mediterranean cuisine its upscale menu that includes items such as traditional carbonara pasta, chicken gorgonzola, filet mignon and thin-crust pizzas with your choice of toppings. Despite having an extensive menu, they’re known for their pizza slices. Stop by for a traditional cheese slice or be brave and add a little flavor.
Don’t leave without trying the 706 rolls better known as the garlic knots! Don’t feel up on them either, this is highly possible given their deliciousness. Served with marinara sauce or a buttery garlic sauce. Wash it down with a cold glass of iced tea.
On Monday and Thursday nights you can enjoy jazz sets with Marty Liquori and his band. Leonardo’s also has wine tasting if you want to get-a-way and expand your taste buds. Great for a first date or afternoon lunch with the parents. On Sundays you can have brunch or dine from their international buffet form 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
You can also dine at their sister restaurant, Bistro 1245, located right next to Leonardo’s. So be sure to check out either of these fine establishments for a splash of entertainment and fine cuisine.
Price: $$ – $$$
Atmosphere: eclectic and artsy