Pizzeria Il Tamburello

Restaurants, Italian Nihonbashi
Pizzeria Il Tamburello

Time Out says

The first thought that strikes on visiting Pizzeria Il Tamburello is that Tokyo really needs more restaurants like this. By any standards, it's an intimate location: there can't be space for more than about 20 people, spread between a handful of tables and a small counter next to the kitchen (the oven, incidentally, is exactly where it should be: at the front of the shop and clearly visible from the street). Unlike most of the other pizza shops around town, the vintage atmosphere here isn't an affectation: Il Tamburello's building has been standing for over half a century now, which is a couple of lifetimes in Tokyo terms, and still retains the lofty ceilings from its previous incarnation as a neighbourhood pharmacy. Owner Yoshihisa Otsubo – who cut his teeth working in kitchens in southern Italy – says he chose the location for its European flavour, and it's got personality in spades. The atmosphere is best appreciated in the evenings, when the kitchen serves its pizzas – on the salty side, with light, chewy end crusts – at the full, regulation-issue Neapolitan size. However, budget-minded diners might prefer to go at lunch, when ¥1,000 gets you a choice of pizza (slightly smaller than at dinner), plus salad or soup and dessert.



Address: 1-2-9 Nihonbashi-Horidomecho, Chuo-ku

Transport: Kodenmacho Station (Hibiya line), exit 3; Ningyocho Station (Hibiya, Asakusa lines), exit A5
Opening hours: Lunch 11.30am-2pm Tue-Sat, dinner 5pm-11pm Mon-Sat / closed Sun
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