While many foreign tourists to Japan take the time to try out various local cuisines, the Japanese on the other hand have taken on the opportunity to recreate foreign dishes with a Japanese twist. Yoshoku, as it’s called in Japan, is the country’s own rendition of different foreign cuisines recreated to match the Japanese taste buds.
While there are many yoshoku renditions, one of the most popular dishes is the napolitan pasta dish. It may seem like a dish taken straight out of an Italian cookbook, but this dish has some Japanese ties connected to it.
The history of Japan’s popular Italian-inspired dish, napolitan, or naporitan in Japanese, traces its roots back to a time close to the post-World War II period. The general chef, Irie Shigetada, of the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama at the time, was inspired by one of the military rations that consisted of tomato ketchup mixed with spaghetti, and so came the birth of the napolitan dish.
The dish is quite similar to spaghetti but the original Napolitan used tomato based sauces rather than ketchup. Aside from that, one thing in particular that you’ll notice with Napolitan served in Japan is that most include sausage!
Napolitan is served in many restaurants all over the country, but the Spaghetti no Pancho is one food chain that specializes in serving a great variety of Napolitan dishes. With 6 branches in Tokyo and 1 in Saitama, you definitely won’t run out of Napolitan options on the menu. Spaghetti no Pancho is an affordable and tasty place to try the Italian-Japanese fused dish. There are plenty of Napolitan dishes to choose from such as standard Napolitan, Meat Sauce Napolitan, to White Napolitan and an array of toppings to match.
A user-friendly ticket machine is used for selecting your delicious Napolitan option, and once inside, customers will be asked for their ticket and to select the size of their meal. The price is the same for all sizes so depending on your appetite you get to choose between small (小), regular (並), or large(大).
Also, inside Spaghetti no Pancho you’ll find the walls plastered with retro anime, movie posters like Slam Dunk, Ultraman, the Onyanko Club and much more!
So there you go, did you know that Napolitan was a Japanese dish? Or have you ever tried Napolitan before? If so, what did you think? If not, I would definitely recommend checking out Spaghetti no Pancho, and be sure to go an empty stomach so you can fill up on the large size! On top of that, it’s tasty and affordable making it the perfect combination!
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