HDE Advent Calendar 2016

“one day - one person - one blog post”, from December 1st - 25th

HDE Advent Calendar Day 13: The Best (and Worst) Pizza in Japan

Have you ever eaten pizza in Japan? As an American like me it can be pretty strange. It’s as if someone had pizza once and then told a Japanese person what it was like.  Then that second person decided to open  Japan’s first pizza restaurant.

Whoever described pizza to Japan said, “It’s circle bread with tomato sauce and cheese, and then you put a bunch of stuff on it.” The guy listening asked what kind of stuff gets put on pizza, and then the first guy got hit by a bus and died.

Undeterred, the second guy assumed his friend was going to say, “Stuff like shrimp, broccoli, potato, corn, and mayonnaise. Oh my god! I almost got hit by that bus just now!” But that never happened and our hero had a pizza industry to found.

Right now you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’ve had pretty awesome pizzas that have used those ingredients before.” That’s true, but you’ve never had an awesome pizza that used all of those ingredients simultaneously. Here it is, and it’s gross.


What the heck is this? Who thought that pizza should be equal parts mayonaise and disappointment?

That’s the second most popular pizza in Japan. Right after PizzaLa’s signature Asparagus-Pork-Eggplant-Bread that’s Soggy with Milk-BBQ Special.


This is where Pizza Slice comes in.

Pizza Slice is amazing pizza. They’re not amazing because they changed the game, they’re amazing because pizza is already pitching a no hitter and they let pizza do what pizza does best.


At Pizza Slice all the pizza has just a single classic ingredient like pepperoni, sausage, or jalapenos.  It’s all cooked fresh in their brick oven that perfectly toasts a thin crispy crust. It’s that perfect balance between heavy and hearty and light and flaky that only exist in the pizza of your dreams… and at Pizza Slice.

Honestly, I’m not even overstating how good this pizza is. Go there and eat it for yourself. It’s right by JR Shibuya Station’s New South Exit. It’s only 500 yen (5USD). Which is great when you don’t want to pay 2900 yen (29USD) for Dominoes Japan’s Pile of Stuff We Found on the Floor Pizza-Medium.

The inscription on the wall outside Pizza Slice reads “SLICE OF YOUR LIFE.” Truer words have never been spoken. I mean, I don't know what it means because it’s hard to understand Japanese-English, but I think that that words rings true deeper than language. They’re the words spoken by the heart. A Pizza Heart.

Full disclosure, one time I went to Pizza Slice and only paid for one slice, but then they brought me 2 more as a mistake. So I was totally biased when I wrote this.


Go here. ⬆