Da Isa


Restaurants & Cafés


It's a rare day when there isn't a line on the pavement outside this Nakameguro pizza restaurant, which has been luring diners from all over Tokyo since it opened in early 2010. Pizzaiolo Hisanori Yamamoto picked up a string of trophies in Naples on his way to opening his own shop – and that seems to be where he got his sense of aesthetics too. The interior at Da Isa looked scruffy even when the place first opened, and bears a far closer resemblance to the original L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples than the benchmark-setting eatery's Ebisu outpost ever could. It's got an atmosphere to match, too: tables are wedged close together, conversation is loud and the staff operate at a permanent fever pitch. If you're looking for a leisurely dinner or romantic date, look elsewhere.

And the pizza? Damn near perfect. You'd be hard pressed to find a pizza in Tokyo that betters Yamamoto's sour-dough creations (and they're almost always his creations: the man barely strays from the oven during opening hours). The margherita is textbook stuff, while off-kilter innovations like the Shiori (mozzarella, prawns in shell, tomato, rucola and parmigiano) are also well worth a try. Too bad that Yamamoto ditched his excellent calzones, though he's kept the deep-fried pizze fritta if you're looking for a real artery clogger. The menu also offer a decent selection of antipasti and pasta, but it's the pizzas that are the undisputed stars here. And if the prices at dinner make you balk, not that pizzas cost a mere ¥1,000 on weekday lunches, while takeaways (from a limited menu) cost ¥900.


1-28-9 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Transport Nakameguro Station (Hibiya, Tokyu Toyoko lines)

Telephone 03-5768-3739

Open Tue-Sun 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (last orders at 9.45pm) / Closed Mon


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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Tried them last November but was not impressed. I like pizzas to be thin and crunchy but the margherita was as soggy as it is in most places in Japan. Not really bad but nothing exceptional and if you add the price, the bad service, the crampy seats and the attitude, definitively worth avoiding.

Posted by tok Feb 26 2013 10:46

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