The top ten
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 its sourdough pizzas are sublime.
A multi-floor steampunk spectacular, Seirinkan would be worth visiting even if the pizzas weren't top-notch. But they are – all two of them.
The Naples eatery venerated in Eat, Pray, Love made a splashy debut in Tokyo at the start of 2012, and shot straight to the top of the city's pizza league.
After a decade manning the oven at Eifukucho's La Piccola Tavola, chef Massimo Minicucci opened a place of his own (literally) just around the corner – and it's even better.
Cast in the Seirinkan mould, hip Roppongi eatery Frey’s serves just three types of pizza, cooked in an enormous metal oven that looks more like an industrial furnace.
Run by a Naples native who's been making pizzas since he was 12, Pizzeria da Peppe offers superior fodder in a cosy space festooned with SSC Napoli paraphernalia.
An intimate, L-shaped restaurant in Ningyocho that already looks far older than its six years, Da Babbo serves misshapen margheritas of the highest order.
Tokyo's best pizzeria for people who don't like pizza, Tarantella da Luigi has an impressively well rounded menu – and it's cheaper than you'd expect.
Forget Sbarro: this is the real deal. Rocco’s sells its pizzas by the slice, NYC-style, and they're actually good enough to merit a trip to Oji. Yeah: Oji.
An interesting setting goes a long way. Housed in a converted old building in Kodenmacho, Il Tamburello has atmosphere in spades – but the pizzas are more than up to snuff.
Who said eating out in Omotesando had to be expensive? Italian-run Napolimania sticks it to local big dog Napule by serving similar quality pizzas at half the price.
Forget Naples: the speciality at this long-running Roppongi diner is honest-to-god, Californian-style pizza, with US craft beer on tap in the evening.
It may lack the flair of some of Tokyo's newer contenders, but for solidly, stolidly good Neapolitan pizza, it's hard to go wrong with Partenope.
The first Tokyo restaurant to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, La Piccola is still good, but it lost a little of its mojo when star pizzaiolo Massimo left.
Of all the places we've stumbled across quality pizzerias in Tokyo, this little-trafficked corner of Nerima-ku must be one of the most unexpected.
While it can get pricey at dinner, the weekday lunch sets at this oh-so-authentic Neapolitan pizza shop in Sangenjaya are excellent value – if you can snag a table.
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.
After building a strong following in Higashi-Nakano, Pizzeria GG upped and moved to Kichijoji in 2010 – but its prices and cheeky atmosphere haven't changed.
Sure, it's primarily a beer bar, but Kanda microbrew Mecca DevilCraft has earned a strong following for its lovingly crafted deep-dish Chicago pizzas.
Of all the dirt-cheap pizzerias to open around Tokyo in the past year or two, this no-frills shop – which dishes out margheritas for ¥390 a pop – is still our favourite.