The best pizza in Tokyo

Get your fix at the capital’s top 20 pizzerias

By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Trattoria e Pizzeria L'Arte | Time Out Tokyo
Photo by James Hadfield Plenty of candidates for best pizza in Tokyo – Trattoria e Pizzeria L'Arte holds its own in Sangenjaya

As far as the rest of the world's concerned, Japanese pizza exists in a weird parallel universe where cabbage, mayonnaise, mochi and Korean bulgogi are all considered legitimate toppings. Rather less attention gets paid to the fact that, over the past decade or so, Japan's pizzerias have started to get very good indeed. So good, in fact, that you can now find margheritas in Tokyo that are every bit as good as what you'd get in Naples – albeit three or four times as expensive.

While we think Da Isa – run by prize-winning pizzaiolo Hisanori Yamamoto – is currently producing the best pizza in Tokyo, you no longer have to schlep across town to get your fix. Some of the best restaurants, like Massimottavio and Pizzeria da Peppe Napoli Sta’ Ca", are run by Italians; others are entirely homegrown operations, overseen by Japanese chefs who learned the ropes in Italian kitchens – or, in the case of Seirinkan's Susumu Kakinuma, just by eating a lot of pizza. And if you prefer American-style pies to the Italian variety, don't worry: we've also found space for a few places that do it right.

Reviews by James Hadfield

The top ten

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Restaurants, Pizza

Massimottavio: The renegade pizzeria

Eifukucho
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.
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Honourable mentions

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Restaurants, Italian

Partenope: Boring. But good

Hiroo
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.
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Restaurants, Pizza

Pizzeria La Rossa: Herby goodness

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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