Italian food is not just comfort for Italians. Pizza and pasta are well-appreciated and frequently consumed in countries and cultures around the world, including America, Australia, the UK, South Africa and yes, Japan, too.
If you find yourself travelling in Japan and craving a bit of comforting Italian food, I’ve got a handful of options for you. Personally, I’m obsessed with Margherita and am always on the lookout for a true, certified Neapolitan pizza.
Here are my top 3 rankings for pizza in Kanazawa.
P.S. If you’re interested in joining Japanese locals for social dining experiences, check out Doot Experiences. You meet the locals of the city over a dinner, where there’s minimal language barriers, only great food, local favorites, and best of all, the stories and memories of those that live in Japan. That’s how we found all three of these places – local connections and social dining!
1. Pizzeria Salina, Kanazawa
2. Salvatore Cuomo
Okay, so the pizza here was fantastic and it really is worthy of being in a pizzeria in Naples. It’s crispy, has the right textures, the ingredients are authentic and full of flavour.
It’s got an excellent view of the main road in the downtown area of Kanazawa and the environment is classy. The Japanese waiters and waitresses shout out to the chefs in Italian, and it’s got an awesome atmosphere.
Since you’re in a classy restaurant, the prices are quite high in comparison to other pizzerias in the area – at least 30% more expensive on average. Worth a visit? Absolutely. If you’re on a budget, you might want to move on to option number three.
3. Napoli Pizzeria
Napoli is a fantastic option for those who want a Neapolitan-style pizza, even if it’s not a certified, as-you-find-it-in-Italy type of pizza. A pizza other than the Marghertia that comes recommended is the Quattro Formaggi, with the honey topping added extra. If it sounds unusual and unappealing to you, I recommend just trying it – after all, the pizza is only 500 yen per pizza when you order from the lunch-time.
At that price, you may as well order two of them, right? The thing that docks some points from Napoli, compared to the other two above, is that the pizza is flatter, less crispy, and the ingredients don’t taste as fresh…But not point in point picky. I still recommend you visit, especially since the quality is still better than the price it’s sold at!