Vegan Pizza in Tokyo
Pizza nuts welcome here! A little secret, I am a tiny bit of a pizza fiend. It is a running joke in my family about who eats pizza more often in a week since we all are kind of obsessed with it. Needless to say, I am ALWAYS on the prowl for an amazing pie here in Tokyo! While you may be wondering why come to Japan and eat pizzas, you should know there are ones on this list that have been ranked amongst the best in the world! These are some of my favorites that I have found so far, but I know there are more delectable pizzas out there, just calling my name for a taste test!
First on the list, Pizzakaya! Pizzakaya is a California-style pizza shop that has the holy grail..vegan cheese!! They don’t charge extra for vegan cheese, but it is a pretty pricy pie to begin with. I usually get just a medium cheese and swap out for veggie cheese. Now, if you want cheese that tastes exactly like the real thing, this may not be your cup of tea. It isn’t out here claiming to be the real deal, but I absolutely love this vegan cheese. It is made out of cashews I am assuming due to its flavor. They also have a great selection of craft beer on tap and it is only about a ten-minute walk from Roppongi station. Overall, this place usually ends up as a treat night as its a bit expensive, but to me, it’s worth it!
Next up is Savoy. Savoy is pretty well known for being one of the most famous pizza places in Tokyo, and rightly so. It has an incredible marinara pizza that they make right in front of you and is as authentic as it gets here in Japan. If you are going to stop by, make sure you have a reservation as it is quite small and popular. There are three different locations but the superior of them is the Tomato & Cheese one in Azabu! For 1500 yen, it is definitely a steal to get such a wonderful pizza.
Serinkan is another famous pizza place in Tokyo, located in Naka-Meguro right near the station. It is similar to Savoy, but it has its own unique vibe. The owner is clearly obsessed with the Beatles but in a good way. There are only two pizzas on the menu: Margherita and Marinara. So perfect if you have a vegetarian friend along as well!
The biggest difference I saw between Savoy and Serinkan was that Serinkan’s marinara had larger chunks of tomatoes on it, but besides that, they were pretty similar. I think I like Savoy’s just a smidge better, but try them yourself and get back to me! 😉
800 Degrees pizza is a chain of restaurants conveniently located in some popular areas like Shinjuku and Shibuya. It is a make-it-yourself pizza place so I like that I can go with a group of people and we all can order different things. I was surprised to see that not only do they have vegan cheese, but vegan ham! I liked the pizza overall, especially the vegan ham. The cheese was a little too gooey for me but I appreciate the effort. It isn’t my favorite, but it is a solid choice to go with a mixed group of eaters.
Pizza 17 is on par with Savoy and Serinkan. It is a cute little shop located in Jiyugaoka. Their marinara is wonderful and also handmade right in front of you. I only know about this place because it is owned by my Japanese friend’s husband, but I am so glad she took me there! It was such a quaint little place with a great, authentic Italian pie.
I mention Cori time and again, but I just cannot keep it off any of these lists. It has such a wide range of dishes, each one of them being carefully crafted with the best flavors. They just recently added a small pizza to their menu, and I HAD to add it to the list because it was just that good. It is a combo of both white and red sauce and loaded with soy meat and veggies. Totally worth the order, maybe even as an appetizer.
Two Dogs Taproom
Two Dogs have a vegan menu for pizza, but unfortunately, I have only had the time to try it once at a Vegan Meet-Up. It was, quite frankly, awesome. But I was only able to grab a few slices. I will be heading back soon in order to try it out again, and I will report back!
Have you tried any of these restaurants? What did you think? Are there any places you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and happy eating! 🙂