Trattoria e Pizzeria L'Arte1/4
Photo by James HadfieldPlenty of candidates for best pizza in Tokyo – Trattoria e Pizzeria L'Arte holds its own in Sangenjaya
La Tripletta2/4
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima
Savoy3/4
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Seirinkan4/4
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The best pizza in Tokyo

Here are the top 20 pizzerias in the city, all serving up thin, crispy, authentic Naples-style pizza

By Jessica Thompson and Time Out Tokyo Editors
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The best pizza in the world is in Japan. That’s according to internationally acclaimed chef David Chang, who made the brazen declaration in his Netflix series ‘Ugly Delicious’. We don’t want to offend any Italians, but on a scale of zero to Naples, we’d have to agree Tokyo pizza is up there with the best.

While you can find Chicago deep-dish pizza, NYC-style pizza by the slice, and Japanese-style pizza with wild toppings like lotus root and seaweed in Tokyo, we’re talking about the true test of doughy excellence: Naples-style pizza. There are minimal ingredients but many variables – from the thin base to the perfectly puffy crust and carefully chosen fresh toppings. 

Tokyo’s pizza places serve up impeccable Naples-style pizzas made by chefs who can use a woodfired oven like it’s an extra limb. Here’s a selection of our favourites.

Reviews by Jessica Thompson and James Hadfield

The top ten

Pizza Studio Tamaki
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Pizza Studio Tamaki: It’s all about the salted crust

Restaurants Higashi-Azabu

PST, as it’s called by fans, is led by Tsubasa Tamaki, who trained under lauded pizzaiolo Sussum Kakinuma of Seirinkan and Savoy. His impeccable pizzas have a salty slant thanks to the pinch of seasoning thrown into the oven before the pizza goes in.

La Tripletta
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

La Tripletta: Naples? No, Musashi-Koyama

Restaurants Musashi-Koyama

Backed up by a Stefano Ferrara forni (pizza oven) – described as the Ferrari of the pizza oven world – this restaurant is bustling every lunchtime and evening of the week. And with good reason, too: the pizzas have just the right amount of puff and char on the crust to make you feel like you’re in Naples.

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Tutto Bene
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Tutto Bene: All is good

Restaurants Tsukiji

The quaint atmosphere of Tutto Bene combined with its excellent, affordable pizzas will have you leaving the restaurant feeling, without a doubt, ‘tutto bene’ (all is good). The lunch special could be one of the best in Tokyo – ¥950 for a large garden salad followed by your choice of pizza. 

Savoy Azabu-Juban: The cosy cult classic

Restaurants Pizza Moto-Azabu

The seating around the oven at Savoy means you can watch the pizzaiolo in action, delicately shaping dough and skilfully wielding his wooden peel (the giant pizza spatula). Plus, it gives the space a humble, homely feel that goes perfectly with the wood-fired pizza. 

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Da Isa: Sourdough base supremacy

Restaurants Pizza Nakameguro

Hisanori Yamamoto picked up a string of pizza-making trophies in Naples on the way to opening his own shop. Da Isa is always hectic, but the sourdough pizzas are sublime.

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Honourable mentions

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Bella Napoli: Will travel for pizza

Restaurants Italian Kiyosumi

Bella Napoli’s margheritas are arguably the best on that side of the Sumida River, but the real treat is the massive rucola e prosciutto, a veritable tower of ham and greens served on top of a perfectly baked thin crust. 

Napolimania: Omotesando but affordable

Restaurants Italian Shibuya

Who said eating out in Omotesando had to be expensive? Italian-run Napolimania serves up high quality pizzas at stunningly low prices for the area – we’re talking ¥1,000 lunch sets and ¥1,200 margheritas at dinner.

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Pizzeria La Rossa: Herby goodness

Restaurants Pizza Musashi-Koyama

Using only top-notch San Felice flour without charging top dollar for it, La Rossa gives you a lot for your money, and the herb-covered 'Aroma' pizza is dazzlingly good.

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