New York Pizza featuring Mixed Pizza at The Pizza
Today we venture to Hiro-o station in Shibuya Ward for a very delicious slice of New York Style pizza!
After living in Japan for almost five years, you can hear the glee of my surprise in finding a pizza shop in the suburbs of Shibuya ward. Far from the bustling inner-city streets of Shibuya, around 15 minutes south by train is Hiro-o station.
This area is filled with international delights, bright imagery and a sense of openness in the streets, including a nearby park and its surrounding shops, cafes and restaurants.
Hiroo is a district in Shibuya Ward and is considered an upmarket residential and mid-scale shopping neighborhood. Situated in the center of Tokyo, Hiroo fancies itself with modern open spaces and diverse business industry welcoming international restaurants, cafes, international markets and the like.
What I stumbled upon, was unique not only for Hiroo or Shibuya, but even for Japan. I finally found New York style pizza.
I spotted the restaurant based on the simplicity of its red sign and the white-lettered font simply written as THE PIZZA. What The Pizza restaurant did was give Japanese natives an opportunity to taste NY-style pizza without ever leaving Japan.
From Hiro-o station, you would walk less than 2 minutes west to the restaurant. When you arrive to The Pizza, you feel home away from home.
With inside and outside seating, metal tables and wooden chairs, the American contemporary style reminds its heavy influence on giving you a gateway into a modern day pizza shop.
The restaurant also plays music of featured American Pop artists and the decor is themed with Pizza literature and New York inspired visuals.
Upon closer inspection, The Pizza has an open glass case that displays their available pizza flavors and behind the staggering tower of ready-made pizza boxes is their large oven.
The Pizza restaurant offers freshly baked pizza, frozen takeout pizza slices, domestic and foreign beer, spirits and lemonade.
I had the opportunity to taste five different pizza flavors: Mushroom (￥590), Jalapeño & Onion (￥530), Margherita (￥530), Cheese (￥420) and the Mixed Pizza (￥630). Today, I want to describe the Mixed pizza flavor as it had the most value at ￥630 and was the most memorable of the line-up.
The Mixed Pizza is the gem of the entire list in the restaurant. It features the popular pan-style bake, meaning the dough was thin and similar to flatbread but chewy in the center and crispy on the outside crust.
The pizza highlights fresh mushrooms, pepperoni, green bell peppers, and onions, topped with cheesy mozzarella. The mix was perfectly seasoned with a sweet, basil, garlic tomato sauce which added freshness in every bite.
The New York style pizza slice was larger than your average Japanese-sized slices, however, it was surprisingly easy to hold.
In the end, I highly recommend The Pizza as pizza is a staple in everyone's comfort food list. The Pizza is a fantastic quick lunch option familiar to many Japanese-styled eat-and-go restaurants, but this pizza joint is also a fantastic local rendezvous for couples looking for a cheap date night or those who want pizza but do not want to commit to a whole size for themselves. Unless you're me!
We can enjoy pizza at every meal of the day and it will never interfere with our plans! I hope you can visit The Pizza and try your favorite flavor soon!
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