Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Nagoya

Trattoria Cesari

You may be surprised to find an Italian trattoria of this calibre and value smack bang in the heart of Nagoya. Prepare to queue on weekends as folks line up for chef Makishima's famous Napoletana pizzas. There's an …
Top Choice Italian in Yamaguchi

Mottimo Pasta Yuda Onsen

A variety of Japanese twists on Italian faves including eight kinds of delicious hot, buttery, flavoured bread sticks (think honey, basil and custard cream!), a small selection of pizzas and a range of delicious pas…
Italian in Nagoya

Kawabun Nagoya

You can soak up the atmosphere of this gorgeous woody Taishō-era building with its tranquil garden and pond over a glass of pinot: try not to spill a drop on the starched white tablecloths. Course menus are the best…
Italian in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Out

Out serves only one dish – tagliolini al tartufo (egg noodles with truffles) – take it or leave it (we'll take it). The noodles are made from scratch in-house with flour imported from Italy; the truffles (rotated by…
Italian in Ginza & Tsukiji

Trattoria Tsukiji Paradiso!

Paradise for food lovers, indeed. This charming, aqua-painted trattoria serves seafood pasta dishes that will make you want to lick the plate clean. Its signature linguine is packed with shellfish in a scrumptious t…
Italian in Shimoda

Porto Caro

This trattoria is run by Yokoyama Ikuyo, a friendly woman who wrote a book about Mishima Yukio (the famous writer, actor and film director), whom she met as a teenager – hence they have Mishima's favourite cake, the…
Italian in Kōbe

R Valentino

Run by Italians and popular with Japanese and foreign visitors alike, this easygoing eatery on a Sannomiya side street is casual, comfortable and cosy, with stone walls and rustic furniture. Choose from dozens of pa…
Italian in Kanazawa

Pizzeria Bar Napoli

Daily happy hours and lunch specials make this already well-priced Italian joint even more appealing. It's a good choice when you need something simple and painless: the pizzas have authentic Napoli-style bases and …
Italian in Takasaki

Harappa Ekibiru-ten

In the JR Takasaki Station building, you'll find this local pasta favourite serving every pasta dish conceivable, from the ones you've heard of to a bunch of Takasaki originals, like watari kani no tomato kuri-mu (s…
Italian in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Canal Cafe

Along the languid moat that forms the edge of Kitanomaru-kōen, this is one of Tokyo’s best alfresco dining spots. The restaurant serves tasty wood-fired pizzas, seafood pastas and grilled meats, while over on the se…