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Trattoria Pizzeria Il Lupone: Tokyo’s Best Pie

Trattoria Pizzeria Il Lupone: Tokyo’s Best Pie

During a week-long spring break trip to Japan, I wasn’t quite sure how many pizza places I would be able to hit. The final day of my trip had arrived, and I’d only been able to make it to one place thus far. I decide to spend my last few hours in Japan eating — …

Review Overview

Overall Experience - 8.8

8.8

Summary : This was the best pizza I had in Tokyo. I was excited to see a certified Vera Pizza Napoletana place so far away from home. A little pricy, but true pizza aficionados must stop here.

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During a week-long spring break trip to Japan, I wasn’t quite sure how many pizza places I would be able to hit. The final day of my trip had arrived, and I’d only been able to make it to one place thus far. I decide to spend my last few hours in Japan eating — not tempura or sushi — but pizza.

I’d really enjoyed my meal at Seirinkan, which serves, only margherita and marinara pies. And I was interested to see how Trattoria Pizzeria Il Lupone (2-10-19 Nakameguro, Meguro) would stack up. After all, the place was certified by Vera Pizza Napoletana — a trade association that gives its seal of approval to Neapolitan pizza places around the world. There are only a few hundred members globally, including about 15 in the United States.

Step inside the place and you’d think you were in Naples. The main dining room seats about 30 people and the place was completely full on a Sunday afternoon. White tablecloths adorn the tables, and the walls are almost bare. We ordered a Margherita pie to-go. Sometimes, when traveling abroad, you don’t notice how expensive items are because of the exchange rate. Well this officially goes down as one of the most expensive pizza places I’ve ever been to. Our Margherita was 1,600 yen — about $20 depending on the exchange rate. Other pies — including a four-cheese and arugula w/ prosciutto — creeped up to about $28 each.

While it was delicious (I’d say the Margherita was even better than that at Seirinkan) it was not worth the money. Eating here is definitely a “treat yourself” experience. It’s located in Nakameguro — alongside a canal bordered by upscale boutique shops. A quaint afternoon away from the hustle and bustle that usually characterizes Tokyo. If you’re looking for the best pie in the city, you very well might find it here. Just be prepared to break the bank.

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