Trophies line the back wall of ‘Pizzeria e Trattoria Da ISA’ whilst the other wall is filled with photos of famous Japanese celebrities such as Takeshi Kitano pictured with the chef responsible for the restaurant’s award-winning reputation. Meanwhile, outside there is a row of wooden chairs that line the street waiting for the overflow of customers eager to dine alongside the likes of Kitano or Matsuko Deluxe in the open plan restaurant. The wood-fired oven is in plain view and the overall surroundings add to the atmosphere and reputation of the delicious pizza that is service which never fails to disappoint.
Service is quick with a large, crispy based pizza set in front of me within 10 minutes after entering. The texture of the dough is everything you want in a fresh pizza with a variety of delicious toppings on offer too. It’s hard to even imagine an Italian pizzeria in Napoli serving up any better! The quality of the ingredients is second to none. I go for the Maestro Kitano – possibly in honor of Takeshi’s visit – which adds prosciutto, salami, and gorgonzola to the Margherita’s tomato, mozzarella, and basil staples.
There’s a wide selection to choose from with 29 different pizzas on offer making it difficult to decide as they all sound equally delicious; you can also customize with extra toppings. In addition to the pizzas, there is a good range of antipasti and pasta but the menu is dominated by the pizza and trying at least one of the 29 is essential. It will set you back around 2000 yen but is a good size and you’ll be hard pushed to find a better pizza in Tokyo.
On an early Tuesday evening, the place was quiet enough to secure a table with no waiting around which is considered a rarity in the weekend. So try and visit midweek to avoid disappointment but with the fast service, it’s unlikely you’ll have to wait too long and the food is undoubtedly worth the wait.
So, for a slice of Tokyo’s most delicious pizza, check out Pizzeria e Trattoria Da Isa. It is a short walk from Naka-Meguro station on the Tokyu Toyoko and Hibiya subway lines and a longer but manageable walk from Ebisu on JR lines. It’s open from 11:30-14:00 for lunch and 17:30 to 22:30 for dinner with last order at 21:45.