I went to Tokyo a few months ago. A truly amazing place. I didn't have a whole lot of time to really explore the pizza. Seeing as I was in Japan I tried to stick to food like ramen and sushi. That being said there was a surprising amount of Italian places. Most of these place were kind of Japanese style versions of Italian which is a hybrid the likes of nothing I have ever had before. Though it did seem like there were some legitimate Italian restaurants and pizzerias that did their best to cook Italian food as traditionally as possible. The one thing about the Japanese is they don't half ass things. IF they are going to do pizza they go to great lengths to make the best possible pizza.
But like I said I didn't seek out any pizza. Everything is so hard to find there, without speaking the language and having limited gps, searching for the best pizza was not in the cards.
Here is the Dominos of Japan. Pizza-La. The only one I actually saw, but they are apparently everywhere. This was in Kyoto. They had a whole garage full of delivery mopeds. I didn't try this pizza.
Here is the most amazing thing pizza related I saw. A Pizza Van. Here in LA we have lots of food trucks, probably several that are pizza related. I have never seen a food Van. Much less one that has a wood fired stone oven inside. and thats all it had because there isn't room for anything else.
Again I had just eaten, so I regrettably did not try the van pizza. Though if it looks anything like the pizza it porbably would have been good.
Finally I tried some pizza. Actually it was like 3 days into the trip. This was a quaint little Cafe on a canal. With the quietest trains passing by on the other side of the water. They had a lot of Italian food and Gelato, but I'm not sure it was going for strictly Italian. I am not sure really what it was going for but they had pizza so I got some.
This was a crazy pizza. It had sausage and corn with red peppers and a salsa tomato base. Not bad at all.
Of course there is always Shakey's
I didn't see anything that resembled NY style pizza, only individual Neopolitan pizzas. Not even any advertisements boasting NY pizza. Italian was the only terminology that I saw.
Grabbing a slice to go doesn't gel with the culture of Japan. Nobody eats while they walk. Eating is an event that is taken seriously, just like everything they do. There is a time and place. Eating is for sitting and enjoying your time. So food to go isn't something that happens. Unless it is a American chain like McDonalds.
It was a great trip. I saw so many things and ate so many crazy foods. I failed on the Pizza however. So next time I go. Pizza will be my main goal.