So I had an opportunity to visit Mr Yamamoto's famous pizzeria in Tokyo.
Mr Yamamoto has won the world pizza making competitions, held in Italy, thus his pizzas are ISO-certified.
The restaurant is located in Nakameguro, not far from Shibuya. When you step inside, you get visually overwhelmed with all the imported Italian details such as tiles, flour bags stacked here and there, stacks of pizza cartons, oven... you get my idea.
The walls were wallpapered with photographs (showing VIP's, and famous people who have visited his restaurant), diplomas and such.
The restaurant could hold ~50 guests at one sitting and it was full just half an hour after opening hours.
Needless to say, Mr Yamamoto was busy making pizzas and seemed to enjoy his craft.
So far so good.
So we ordered some pizzas and we all held our hopes high.
I ordered the Margherita, the other folks ordered this and that (including pasta) + a special pizza with four (or five) different cheese.
Pizzas were pricey, ~ 20$ for the Margherita.
My impression of the Margherita - The crust was soft. Tasted like bread, felt like bread and smelled like bread. Felt very dry.
There were no crunchy experience to it at all.
I expected the rim's surface to have some crispy experience to it but again, there was none of that.
Way too much tomato sauce IMO.
Mozzarella was good. Could use some salt to add some flavor to the total experience.
The slices (all pizzas) drooped. I could not fold and hold the slice without doing some acrobatic stunts, and these pizzas were eaten right out from the oven.
The pizza with 4 (or 5?) cheeze was tasty. Not the crust but the topping.
When we were done, the waiters came promptly to our table and removed the plates, and gave us the bill.
It was clear this restaurant is not intended for people who wants to spend 1-2 hours eating, chatting and relaxing some after the meal. It sort of felt like ;
"Hey, you got the ISO-certified pizza so kindly vacate your seat."
I would give this pizza experience a 4 out of 10. 2 points for the pizza and 2 points for the crafty and inspiring interior.
Sorry to say that, and I hope I haven't hurt anyone's feelings here since I know many of you guys enjoy the Neapolitan style pizza. But to be honest, I think your pizzas (neapolitan-NY-style) would taste way better than the ones I had.
Perhaps my expectations were too high.