Anyone who knows me understands my love for pizza is no secret. You’ve probably figured that out by now just from reading this blog. If I had to choose a last meal, pizza would be a vital component, complemented by bone marrow and creme brûlée.
After having some great pizza on our first visit to Tokyo, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about getting my fix. While we’ve tried a lot since we got here that have run the gamut from delicious to odd (mostly cheese-related issues), these five stood out:
DevilCraft, Kanda: Ishikawa Bldg 4-2-3 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo and Hamamatsucho: Risewell Bldg 1F, 2-13-12 Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo
While we have had a lot of delicious pies here so far, most of them have been, well, light. Pizza is a food I want to fill me up. So when a coworker of Craig’s suggested this place known for Chicago-style deep dish and craft beers owned by some expats, it was a no-brainer. The beer was delicious (I tried their red grape and cider), but the pizza was absolutely perfect (pictured above). The best Chicago-style pizza leaves me immobile after two pieces, and I finished a little more than two of this one. I’ll take it. Be sure to make a reservation, even on weeknights.
Pizzakaya, Tokyo: 3-1-19 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo and Okinawa: 9-17 Mihama, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken
I’m pretty simple when it comes to my pizza, usually green olives and pepperoni or a classic margherita do the trick. But this California-style establishment offers pizzas that are anything but standard. They even have a pie topped with curry. We went for one topped with bacon and their house-made spicy sausage. It was the spiciest thing I’ve had since we moved here. The crust could have used a little more oomph but the quality ingredients and tasty appetizers were worth it. If you go, be sure to order the Garlic Marbles. They also have a great lunch set.
Salvatore Cuomo, several locations throughout Japan
While this one may be a chain, their dining rooms are anything but florescent and you can sit and watch the chef make your pie and cook it in a real pizza oven. Always looking for spice, we went for one with chicken, herbs and spice sauce, and it had great flavor. This is definitely the priciest of the venues we checked out and the pizza was what I would consider personal size. A good friend of mind is quick to remind me: “Any pizza is a personal pizza if you work hard enough and believe in yourself.” They also make a nice steamed mussels appetizers — not one grain of sand!
Pizza Strada, NS Azabu-juban Bldg. 1F, 3-6-2 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
We discovered this recently opened pizza spot thanks to Craig’s editor and his wife who were kind enough to tae us soon after we arrived. Their Naples-style pizzas are by far the best we’ve had so far — there’s just something about the crust. They also have a tasty array of small plates and appetizers including fresh cheese and charcuterie. Specials and desserts change all the time so we look forward to going back and trying more. This is also a rather small place, so call ahead.
Scorpione Stazione, 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Located right next to Muji Yurakucho, this Italian restaurant big with a large menu of pizzas, salads, sandwiches and entrees along with an impressive drink menu. I went there while Craig was in China and enjoyed their margherita pizza, which they brought out with some chili olive oil for drizzling on top. With outdoor seating, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon lunch, that is, before the hellfire of July sets in. Their caesar salad is also amazing. I mean, they put chunks of bacon on it. Not crumbles. Chunks.
Don’t worry, I plan to eat plenty of pizza here, so more reviews on the way. As if you had a reason to worry . . .