I just love pizza! Pepperoni, Cheese, Chicken, Supreme, Mayonnaise, Corn, Seafood. Wait!! Did you say Mayonnaise pizza,and seafood pizza? Yes, indeed I did. I don’t know what makes these types pizza toppings so appealing to Japanese people. I suspect that their palates must be accustomed to different tastes than Americans. I have been in Japan for over three years, and one of the cravings that I have from time to time is for a piping hot slice of GOOD pizza. Here in Tsukuba, Pizza La is one of the most popular pizza delivery chains, but I definitely wouldn’t say the pizza is the best. They have some really strange toppings too, some I can’t even identify. I did however finally get to try Pizza Hut pizza here in Japan (I had help ordering) and it was pretty good. In the U.S. I wasn’t a Pizza Hut pizza hut fan, because the pizzas back in the day used to be so heavy and oily. I’m certain they changed they way they make pizza, since the late 80s/early 90s, but Papa John’s Pizza (sigh…) made me forget just about every other chain.
There are some US pizza chains that I really like though. Little Caesar’s** was pretty good back in the day, before they closed down. But it looks like Little Caesar’s is making a ninja-style comeback. I had some in California and this pizza was DIRT CHEAP, I mean like six bucks cheap I think, but it was delicious! When I visited Georgia, I saw a couple of Little Caesar’s shops as well. Another chain (which may only be in the southeast) called Hungry Howie’s is really good, too.
But I digress…back to Japan Pizza Hut Pizza…
Despite not formerly being a Pizza Hut fan, I have to admit that this it was the best pizza I’ve had in Japan…hands down. By U.S. standards it probably pales in comparison, but it really hit the spot. Half of the pizza was basil and tomato, while the other half was ham, cheese, and I forgot what else. In the end I ate so much pizza I had a stomachache afterwards. I also got to of their dessert sides. Apple pie, and vanilla ice cream. I was thinking of buying some ingredients to make Apple Pie A La Mode ice cream. I watched the workers at Cold Stone Creamery make apple pie ice cream here in Japan and it didn’t look hard at all. You take vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, diced apples (in light syrup), crushed graham cracker, caramel, and mix it all together. But instead of going through all that, I decided two kill two birds with one stone…just order dessert with the pizza. I can’t even remember the last time I ate that much!
But I digress, let’s look at the Pizza Hut Japan website to show you what kind of toppings they have and the prices. You might be surprised to find that pizza in Japan can be so much more expensive than in the U.S.:
I will definitely be doing another article on this topic, because pizza is my favorite food 🙂 .
What’s your FAVORITE pizza chain? What kind of pizza really hits the spot for you?
If you’re living in Japan, what chain in Japan makes the best pizza? Inquiring minds (i.e.-me) want to know! 🙂
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