The 11 Best Pizza Places in Tokyo

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Lucy Dayman

When you think Tokyo cuisine, pizza may not be on the top of your must-try list. But in reality, rather surprisingly, the city has in the last few years transformed into one of the world’s pizza meccas. Whether you’re after New York-style, on-the-go slices, deep-dish Chicago pie, or meticulously-crafted, wood-fired Italian-style offerings, it’s all here in Tokyo. Here are some of the city’s best pizza hot spots.

1. Pizza Slice

Pizzeria, Restaurant, American

A pizza hangout so nice they opened up twice, this super-trendy New York-style pizza restaurant now has two locations within central Tokyo. The original Pizza Slice and its younger sibling Pizza Slice 2 are essentially the same, but with slight different interiors. Here you buy your pizza by the generously-proportioned slice. With a thin, crispy, and easy to fold base topped with the perfect balance of cheese and sauce, these guys have nailed the art of the New York pizza.

2. Pizzeria e Trattoria Da Isa

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian

When it comes to Italian food in Japan it can honestly be a bit hit or miss. Though there’s no shortage of spaghetti and pizza restaurants in Tokyo, many local chefs put their own local take on their Italian cuisine, meaning that if you want truly authentic Italian you really have to hunt it out. Da Isa is Nakameguro’s home of straight up soul-filled Italian, and their pizzas are some of the best in the city. No American-influenced styles here, just straight-up wood-fired pie, lovingly crafted like it has been for aeons back in the motherland.

3. Rocco’s New York Style Pizza

Restaurant, American

Tokyo locals love their American pizza joints and Rocco’s New York Style Pizza in the unassuming suburb of Oji is one of the city’s most popular. Though there’s honestly not a lot happening in this pocket of Tokyo, if you’re a pizza die-hard it’s worth making the trek to Oji just for Rocco’s. You can buy this authentic New York-style pizza by the slice or by the pie. For the full Italian-American experience, grab some buffalo wings, potato wedges, and cheesecake on the side.

5. Savoy

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian

Located in the fancier suburb of Azabu Juban is Savoy Pizza, an intimate pizza restaurant experience. Seating only around 15 people, here you can get up close with the pizza-making process by witnessing your pie being lovingly-crafted to order. With a classic wood-fire oven and Art Deco-inspired interior, this is the fancier side to Tokyo’s pizza-loving culture.

6. Pizza Studio Tamaki

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian

Colloquially known as simply PST, Pizza Studio Tamaki is named after the restaurant’s owner and head chef, the passionate and hardworking Tsubasa Tamaki. With its world-class pies, PST is helping put Tokyo on the map for producing some of the best Neapolitan-style pizza in the world. Just as the pizza is almost finished cooking, Tamaki throws a handful of sugi (Japanese cedar) chips into the wood fire oven to infuse the pizza with the slightest smoky hit.

7. DevilCraft

Bar, Restaurant, Pub, Pizzeria, American

There’s really nothing that goes better with pizza than beer, and there’s really no better place in Tokyo to get pizza and beer than DevilCraft, the craft beer hub that also serves oozing Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. Founded by three passionate American home-brew fans, DevilCraft is all about paring the prefect brew with the perfect slice. For a pizza that’s a little more unique, you can’t go past this place.

8. Pizzakaya Roppongi

Restaurant, Pizzeria, American

For the always-reliable, classic, no-fuss easy pizza, you can’t go past diner-esque Pizzakaya in Roppongi. With its thick-crust cheese-topped slices, Pizzakaya is more US chain than Italian restaurant, but there’s something so appealing about the laid-back atmosphere of this place. Like a place you’d visit for your childhood birthdays, if it’s comfort food you’re chasing, head straight here.

9. Pizza Bar on 38th

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian

While it’s fair to say that Neapolitan pizzerias are ruling the streets of Tokyo, Pizza Bar on 38th is doing everything it can to keep the crispy Roma-style pizza legacy alive. Here the dough is fermented for over 48 hours, meaning every slice of this delicious pie sits atop one of the crispiest bases in all of Japan. Seating only eight people at a time, this intimate pizza haven is arguably one of the finest pizza dining experiences you can have in Tokyo.

10. Sempre Pizza

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian

If you’re after a cheap bite, but don’t want to compromise on quality, then look no further than Koenji’s friendly and chilled pizza hangout, Sempre. Serving ridiculously-cheap pizzas that are light and easy to grab on-the-run, Sempre is all about stripping back the fuss and sticking to the basics—pizza is really just three or so ingredients anyway right? Straight-up tasty pizza with an even tastier price tag.

11. Pizzeria GG

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian

Nestled in the super-cool pocket of Kichijoji, near Inokashira Park, Pizza GG balances the line between Italian-style cooking with a very clear, cheeky-irreverent American influence. With pies like the Americano (fries and wieners) it’s not really for the serious classical pizza connoisseurs, but if you’re keen to try something new, look no further.

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