The hottest new pizza restaurant in Tokyo is Pizza Strada in Azabujuban. Since it opened in late September, the restaurant has been full most nights.
Pizzaiolo Tsubasa Tamaki, 32, from Okinawa, describes Pizza Strada (Italian for street) as an intimate oasis where people can meet and chat over a good pizza. Japan soccer coach Alberto Zaccheroni was seen dining there recently.
The best place to sit is at the counter where you can chat with Tamaki as he creates his crisp pizzas and pops them into the oven. On a busy day, starting at lunch and ending at dinner, Tamaki says he makes more than 150 pizzas.
The pizza menu – all costing 1,450 yen – includes Margherita, Marinara, Olives, Pepperoni and the chef’s namesake Tamaki (smoked mozzarella, pecorino, cherry tomatoes and basil).
If you’re not big on pizzas, Strada offers a delectable array of cold appetizers, starting from 350 yen, including capponata (cooked vegetable salad), marinated octopus, sardines and swordfish, as well as hot appetizers such as meatballs, mushrooms, anchovy broccoli, mussels and clams in white wine, and homemade sausage. Besides soups and salads, highly recommended are the fried dishes – risotto balls, calamari and gnocchi.
To finish off your meal, you can choose from the tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate cake, cheesecake, among others.
Pizza Strada also provides a take-out service.
The restaurant is open weekdays for lunch from 12 noon until 2:30 p.m. (last order 2 p.m.) and for dinner from 5:30 until 11 p.m. (last order at 10:30). On holidays and weekends, it is open from 12 noon until 10:30 p.m.
It has counter seating for 19, 14 at tables, 8 standing up and terrace seating for 16.
The address is NS Azabujuban Bldg 1 Fl, Azabujuban 3-6-2, Minato-ku. For reservations, call 03-6435-1944.© Japan Today