Tonino was set up by (and named for) a trained pizzaiolo of considerable skill from Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples. Although he has left now, his influence lingers in the quality of the pizzas.

Owner Satoshi Ikuta is not just a pizza enthusiast, he is an Italophile to the umpteenth degree. He’s the guy with the goatee beard and tractor driver’s baseball cap whom you see toiling away in front of that fiery furnace. His passion is not, ...

A simple lunch counter serves fresh pasta, soup and salads, and two young pizzaiolos tend to a squat wood-fired oven that wafts wonderful aromas through the store and into the mini-piazza.

Co-owner Jason Koehler is producing a range of satisfying hand-made Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. This is a style of pie virtually unknown hitherto here in Tokyo, and it goes brilliantly with all those brews.

Brewmaster Brian Baird has pulled out the stops with his beers. Along with his regular offerings — Rising Sun Pale Ale, Angry Boy Brown Ale and Shimaguni Stout — he is producing several limited-edition ales especially for the Nakameguro location.

At the far end of the street, Meri Principessa offers budget Italian drinks and snacks in its ground-floor standing bar (currently nicely open-fronted), with seats for 26 in the compact basement. Its diminutive wood-fired oven produces highly acceptable pizzas from as little as ¥500 ...

When it comes to authenticity, none can rival L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Ebisu, the first offshoot of the all-time classic eatery of that name in the old city of Naples. It’s come to Tokyo to show us just how pizza should taste if ...

Review excerpt: Hazama is self-taught and has even entered pizza competitions in Italy. He prefers to follow his own path, rather than any Neapolitan orthodoxy, as you can tell from his pizzas at Pizzeria Bakka M’unica: one includes salsiccia (sausage) and hanjuku (soft-boiled) egg, ...

Pinsa de Roma is self-service. You line up at the counter, checking out the display case to see what the choices are. There are usually a dozen to choose from, with colorful combinations that would be unthinkable in a true-blue Neapolitan pizza shop: Smoked ...

I once heard that Japan is the land of milk and honey . . . on pizzas. Thankfully, this is not the case at Mercato. The only unwanted topping to feature on chef Chihiro Togo’s pizzas is sweet corn, which is best served where ...

Find yourself a table, then head to the back of the room to peruse the display case and place your order. New York-style pizza means thin, crisp crusts and rich, mozzarella-driven toppings. And, exactly as the name promises, they’re all sold by the slice ...

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