Italian and Mediterranean restaurants

Shinjuku and north

!Ikebukuro -- Agio. 3980-1626
Agio call themselves a "market restaurant," and serve delicious grilled fish and meat and brick-oven-baked pizzas.
SunmapToshima-ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 3-1-2, Sunshine City Alpa 3F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Takadanobaba -- Bunryu. 3208-5447
Nicely prepared food in a modest basement coffee-shop setting.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-26-5, FI Bldg, B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Takadanobaba -- Flattoria. 3205-9182
Part of the Fealteria complex, this casual restaurant offers solid Italian fare, including pizzas, in an unpretentious, smoke-free dining room. Prix-fixe dinners are Y2100-5200. Weekday lunches run Y1000-3000, including several "salad lunches"; weekends are a bit fancier, from Y1500-3500.
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 1-25-30. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Takadanobaba -- Taverna. 3232-1997
Well-prepared Roman-style food at budget-friendly prices. Start off dinner with three selections from the extensive tapas case, then explore the pastas and main entrees, which include several good veal dishes. There's an above-average dessert menu with several tasty homemade sherbets. Seating is mostly at the large wrap-around counter.
mapShinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba 2-15-10. Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shinjuku Gyoen-mae -- La Boheme. 5366-2242
This spacious multi-level branch of the budget Italian chain is open all afternoon, and convenient when you're visiting Shinjuku Gyoen.
no smokinglateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-1-7. (along the park, near the northeast (Okido) entrance) Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Shinjuku -- La Verde. 3341-6124
Very good budget pastas and other Italian fare, a good wine selection and convenient hours.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-28-13, Shinjuku Nagashima Bldg. 3F. Open 11:30am-2am (LO) daily.
!Shinjuku -- Agio (Isetan). 3354-6720
A lively "market-style" restaurant, with the emphasis on top-quality ingredients and simple preparation. Grilled meats and seafood, brick-oven-baked pizzas and assorted pastas make up most of the menu, and there are always plenty of daily specials.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-14-1, Isetan 7F. Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Shinjuku -- To The Herbs. 5366-7600
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-1-26, Shinjuku Marui Annex 8F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Shinjuku -- Il Bacaro. 5269-8528
The stand-up bar at the front of Il Bacaro has a nice casual feel to it. You can drop in for a few minutes, have a quick glass of wine and a tiny snack, and be on your way. Or you can claim a seat at one of the three small tables and linger awhile, directing your attention to some of the dozen or so wines served by the glass. Cold appetizer trays line the counter, an espresso machine grinds away in the background, and dancehall reggae or pop music plays on the stereo. Waiters from the main dining room come and go with drink orders, and customers drift in and out. Snatches of Italian can be heard from time to time. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-4-8, Frente Shinjuku 3-chome B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Shinjuku -- Cona. 3354-8823
Inexpensive late-night pizzas and drinks in a very casual setting. Wines are Y1900 per bottle or Y500 by the glass, and all pizzas and side dishes are Y500 each.
lateSunmapShinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-11-12. Open 5pm-5am daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- La Bettola Per Tutti. 3342-3699
Reliable Italian cooking in a casual setting. The food ranges from good to excellent, so the large menu warrants some exploration to find your favorites. Full-course dinners from Y3980, or a la carte.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-26-2, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Nishi-Shinjuku -- Al Dente. 3349-0384
This long-running pasta specialist is a favorite of many resident and visiting Italians in Tokyo. In addition to tomato- and cream-based pasta sauces, Al Dente serves up Japanese variations featuring spicy mentaiko (cod roe with red peppers), plump, flavorful shrimp and strips of nori seaweed. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-25-1, Shinjuku Center Bldg. BMF. Open 11am-9pm (LO; Sun -7:30pm) daily.
!Yoyogi -- Tanta Bocca. 5771-4099
This is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood trattoria that we love, serving good grilled meats and nice pastas, with some very reasonably priced wines in the Y3000-5000 range. Budget around Y2500-4000 for food at dinnertime.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-5-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yoyogi -- Code Kurkku. 6300-5231
Located in the trendy and ecologically conscious Yoyogi Village complex, Code Kurkku serves sophisticated, organic Italian and international cuisine in an elegant dining space. Lunch starts at Y1200, but if you want to reserve you have to order a prix-fixe menu (from Y3500). Dinner menus are Y5,000-10,000. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-28-9. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO) daily.

Harajuku, Aoyama, Sendagaya

Kita-Sando -- Mangia Pesce. 3403-7735
A luxury-level Italian trattoria, with lunch from Y1500, dinner from Y6500.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-50-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harajuku -- Bulgari, Il Cafe. 6362-0500
A more casual branch of Bulgari's flagship Ginza restaurant, Il Cafe offers full-course meals as well as a la carte choices - simple starters, pastas and sandwiches. One especially luxurious dish is the Matsuzaka beef and foie gras hamburger (Y4500). Prix-fixe menus start from Y2400 (weekday lunch); Y3500 (weekend lunch); and Y4500 (dinnertime).
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 2F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Omotesando -- Celeb de Tomato Omotesando. 6427-9922
This tomato-centric Italian restaurant/cafe offers full-course dinners from Y4000-7000. The buffet lunch (Y2500; Y3000 on weekends) includes a three-juice tasting flight, a choice of pasta, dessert, beverage, and a mid-sized buffet full of vegetable-based dishes like stuffed cabbage, carrot salad and stewed eggplant. More than twenty different tomato varieties are featured, and various tomato juices are sold by the bottle.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 3-15-5, Portofino B1F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Omotesando -- Gar Eden. 6721-1444
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft beers, with some unusual finds (a Swiss sour ale!) that we haven't seen elsewhere. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-6-6. Open 6-11:30pm daily.
Gaienmae -- Azzurra. 3497-1586
Skillfully constructed fish dishes and pastas from an extensive menu that changes daily.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-38-12, Puzzle Aoyama Bldg. B1F. Open 6-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
!!Jingumae 2-chome -- Emilia. 3402-5517
Skillful Italian cooking in a casual but comfortable trattoria setting. Main courses include game in season, and the finest small-farm-raised meats and regional seafood year-round. There's a good selection of wines under Y7000, with at least a half dozen by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Aoyama 1-chome -- La Verde. 3404-0712
While the basement room may be unexciting, the food and wines are quite good and represent great value for money.
SunmapMinato-ku, Kita-Aoyama 1-2-3, Aoyama Bldg. B1F. (diagonally across from Aoyama Twin Towers) Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.

Shibuya, Hiroo, Roppongi

Shibuya -- La Boheme Qualita. 5728-6388
This newest venture from the popular budget Italian chain promises to serve "an Italian mama's home-cooked meals."
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 20-11, Shibuya Mitsuba Bldg B1/B2F. (across from HMV, between Seibu A and B) Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Shibuya -- La Cucina. 3476-3636
A pleasant, casual Italian kitchen with culinary ambitions that aren't always fulfilled. The assorted appetizers (Y3400 for five items) were outstanding, but the main dishes and pastas didn't quite live up to expectations or to their high price tags. The wine list is geared toward big spenders, with very little in the under-Y5,000 range. The interior is comfortable, though, and the counter would make a nice setting for a quick pasta and glass of wine, or for a weekday lunch.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Udagawacho 33-13. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed third Monday.
Shibuya -- Arossa. 3469-0125
One of Tokyo's first Australian-only wine bars, with one of the largest selections of rare and expensive wines from that country. The food is mainly Italian, and consistently good. [See FULL REVIEW.]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Shoto 1-26-22. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Shibuya -- Panzerotteria. 080-2675-7216
Panzerotti - deep-fried savory pies that originated in Puglia, Italy - are the unusual specialty here. Around two dozen varieties are on offer, along with a selection of hams, cheeses, salads and vegetable dishes. The wine list includes both Italian and non-Italian wineries, with bottles ranging from Y3500-5900 along with several choices by the glass. French pear cider and cava are other beverage options. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shoto 2-14-12. Open noon-2:30, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
!Shibuya -- Tharros. 3464-8511
Very good Sardinian cuisine and wines; budget around Y7000-8000 for dinner.
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-5-2, Sede Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ebisu -- Tooth Tooth. 6419-2040
Casual French- and Italian-inspired fare from the popular Osaka-based Tooth Tooth chain. Open weekend nights until 4am. Budget around Y1200 at lunchtime, Y5000 for dinner with drinks. (Open to 10pm Sundays.)
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Higashi 3-17-12. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-1am (Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Ebisu -- I Sette Mari. 3499-0987
Simple, expertly prepared "seasonal dishes and Italian wines" in a casual setting. Lunch is Y700 and Y1450; full-course dinners from Y3800. Pizzas start at Y1400.
mapShibuya-ku, Higashi 3-17-14, 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ebisu -- Coci. 3442-5151
This stylish two-story cafe-bar looks like a ski chalet that's been sliced along the diagonal, with big windows looking out over the picturesque (at least at night) Shibuya River. Stop in for a late-night drink - there's plenty of reasonably priced wine by the glass or bottle - or a full meal. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Higashi 3-16-10. Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-2am (4am Fri, 11pm Sun) daily.
Ebisu -- Il Boccalone. 3449-1430
The food is nicely prepared but a bit more expensive than expected. The large, comfortable dining room has been known to become rather raucous at times.
mapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-15-9. Open 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ebisu -- Massa. 5793-3175
Former Iron Chef Masahiko Kobe's tiny restaurant has just 10 tables, so reservations are essential. Full-course dinners are Y6000 and Y8000; lunch is Y2000.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-23-22. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays, 1st Tue.
Ebisu -- Partenope. 5791-5663
Lots of Naples-style pizzas and grilled dishes, and even a few vegetarian items are on the menu.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-22-20. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm daily.
Ebisu -- Delizioso Italia. 3440-5510
One of the better Italian joints in the neighborhood, although there's lots of competition.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 4-27-17. Open noon-1:30, 5:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Hiroo -- Partenope. 5798-3355
A comfortable neighborhood place with attentive service and reliable pasta dishes. The pasta or pizza lunch is Y1200.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Azabu 5-15-25. Open 11:30am-2, 6-11pm daily.
Shirokanedai -- Isola. 5447-2733
Another candidate for best pizza in Tokyo, prepared in a ceramic oven, although some may balk at the prices - pizzas range up to around Y3000.
SunmapMinato-ku, Shirokane 6-17-2. Open 6:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Shirokanedai -- La Boheme. 3442-4060
One of the few late-night spots in the neighborhood; pizzas and pastas in a multi-level, palatial setting.
no smokinglateSunmapMinato-ku, Shirokanedai 4-19-17. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
!Roppongi -- Canoviano Cafe. 5413-3226
Nestled in a corner of the Tadao Ando-designed musuem building, this Tokyo branch of an excellent Italian restaurant in Kyoto has one of the more impressive architectural settings in Tokyo Midtown. The food is first-rate modern Italian; budget around Y5000 for lunch and Y10,000 at dinnertime. Open from 8am weekends.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Akasaka 9-7-5, Tokyo Midtown Plaza 1F. Open 11am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi -- Vegematto. 6804-3791
Italian-inspired late-night vegetable dining, with produce from organic farms around Japan. Prix-fixe menus are Y3000-4000, and include cheese fondue or bagna cauda as a main course. There are more than fifty wines, starting at Y3000/bottle.
latemapMinato-ku, Roppongi 3-9-3, Dai-2 Roppongi Village Bldg 1F. Open 7pm-7am. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Roppongi -- Chianti (Iikura). 3583-7546
An expensive (and very good) Italian restaurant downstairs, and a cafe upstairs serving drinks, coffee and desserts.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Azabudai 3-1-7. Open noon-2:30am (LO) daily.
Roppongi Hills -- Kitchen Salvatore, The. 5772-0065
Upscale Italian cooking from the popular Salvatore Cuomo chain.
latedecorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills Westwalk 507. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Roppongi Hills -- Obika Mozzarella Bar. 5786-6400
Four types of mozzarella cheese imported from Italy every day make up the centerpiece of the menu here. You can enjoy them with various salamis and dried hams, salads and pasta dishes, and Italian wines. Budget around Y5000 at dinnertime, Y1500 for lunch.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-2, Roppongi Hills Hillside B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Roppongi Hills -- Il Mulino. 5786-0337
This popular international chain restaurant serves New York-style Italian fare, with a focus on Roman cuisine. The menu features ten veal dishes (ranging Y5000-8000), scampi, and a good selection of daily specials. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 6-12-4, Keyakizaka-dori 2F. Open 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Roppongi Hills -- L'Estasi. 5770-4565
Fine Italian dining in a casual atmosphere, from the Michelin-starred Sadler restaurant in Milan. Full-course dinners are Y8500, while pizzas and pastas are in the Y2200-2800 range. There's also a very impressive wine cellar. Terrace seating is available in the warmer months of the year.
SunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi Hills, Keyakizaka-dori, Gate Tower 3F. Open 11am-1am daily.
Azabu-Juban -- La Boheme. 6400-3060
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night hours.
no smokinglateSunmapMinato-ku, Azabu-Juban 2-3-7. Open 11:30-4:15am (LO) daily.

Akasaka, Ginza

Shimbashi -- Queen of Chickens. 6809-2595
This lively after-work drinking spot is called "Queen of Chickens" - and what more do you need to know? Well, if you must have details, they serve a lovely roast chicken, flavored with rosemary, garlic and various secret herbs (so we were told), for just Y1880. Wines start at Y2700 per bottle. Your Y680 (per person) table charge sounds hefty, but it entitles you to a bottomless serving of bagna calda, with refills of both seasonal vegetables and the warm anchovy-infused sauce, which doubles as a tasty dip for the roast potatoes that arrive alongside your chicken. [Show more]
mapMinato-ku, Shimbashi 3-8-8. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Yurakucho -- La Verde. 3213-6996
A budget Italian restaurant notable for its large portions.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Yurakucho 1-10-1, Yurakucho Bldg B1F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat., Sun. earlier). Open every day.
Ginza -- Isola Blu. 5524-2520
Lovely pizza prepared in custom-made wood-burning ovens, from this upscale chain of Italian eateries.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 1-13-8. (Ginza 1-chome station exit 10) Open 11:30am-3, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
!Ginza -- Bulgari, Il Ristorante. 6362-0555
Top-notch, creative Italian fare, beautifullly presented, from the very talented chef Luca Fantin. The main dining room is modern and stylish; there's also a popular bar-lounge area one level up (open noon-midnight), and a rooftop lounge with a great Tokyo view. Prix-fixed lunches are priced Y5,000-10,000; dinners are Y13,000-22,000. On Sundays they're open only for lunch.
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-7-12, Ginza Tower 8F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ginza -- Aroma Fresca. 3535-6667
High-end Italian cuisine from Chef Shinji Harada, with mega-course, multi-hour prix-fixe menus for the adventurous gourmet. Budget Y15,000-25,000 for dinner.
mapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-6-5, Ginza Trecious Bldg 12F. Open 5:30-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sun, Mon.
Ginza -- Sala Amabile. 3535-6669
A more casual sister restaurant of the very upscale Aroma Fresca, with late-night hours and lunch service. Budget around Y6,000 for lunch and Y12,000 at dinnertime for food.
latemapChuo-ku, Ginza 2-6-5, Ginza Trecious Bldg 12F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30pm-1am (LO). Closed Sun.
Ginza -- Argento Aso. 5524-1270
Upscale Italian cooking from the Hiramatsu group at this Michelin two-star restaurant, with prix-fixe lunches Y5250 and dinners Y10,500-15,750. The cellar has 400 bottles of Italian and French wines, mostly ranging Y6,000-20,000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 3-3-1, Zoe Ginza 8F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ginza -- Buono Buono. 3566-4031
Competent, confident Italian cooking without too many surprises; prix-fixe dinner menus start at around Y5000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 4-1-2, Nishi Ginza Dept. 2F. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Al Dente. 3574-7470
Located high up in the Sony Building, this old-school spaghetti joint offers a nice view of Ginza's main drag to go with your noodles. Choose from some three dozen types of spaghetti, including Japanese-style variations like mentaiko and tuna-sansai; prices start at under Y1000. Cash only.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-3-1, Sony Bldg. 6F. Open 11am-8pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- Sabatini di Firenze. 3573-0013
Not as trendy as some of its newer competitors, this old Ginza standby still delivers consistently good food and service. Lunch Y3,800-7,500, dinner Y12,000-15,000.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-3-1, Sony Bldg. 7F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ginza -- La Boheme. 3572-5005
Inexpensive pastas and Italian wines by the glass, with convenient late-night service.
no smokinglateSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 6-4-1, Tokaido Ginza Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2:45am (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- A16. 3212-5215
Good pizzas and other Italian fare from this San Francisco-based restaurant. Terrace seating in the Brick Square garden area. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime. Lunch is served until 4:30pm.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-6-1, Brick Square 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Marunouchi -- Pagliaccio. 6273-4486
The cheerful green exterior of this recently opened cafe/trattoria adds a bit of color to a street lined with generically tasteful shops selling luxury goods. Large windows offering a peek at the warmly lit space inside entice passersby to stop in for an espresso or glass of wine. [Show more]
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-2-3, Marunouchi Nakadori Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Marunouchi -- Il Ghiottone. 5220-2006
This first Tokyo branch of one of Kyoto's best Italian restaurants occupies a small, minimal but elegant dining room facing the street. Dinner is either Y7500 or Y10,000 - chef's omakase menu only - with reasonably priced bottles and half-bottles of Italian wines. Lunch from Y2000.
no smokingSunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-7-3, Tokyo Bldg Tokia 1F. Open 11am-2, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Marunouchi -- Isola Smeralda. 5288-6228
The original branch in Shirogane is famous for their wood-burning pizza oven, which is duplicated here.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 2-4-1, Marunouchi Bldg. 5F. Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Mitsukoshimae -- Ventaglio. 3270-8188
Lunch and dinner buffets of modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful open-atrium dining space. The weekday lunch buffet is Y2900; weekend lunch is Y4200, dinner is Y5000, and the weekend dessert buffet (3-5pm) is Y2700. They also offer a wine buffet to go with dinner.
no smokingdecorSunmapChuo-ku, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo 2F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.

Central Tokyo

Kojimachi -- Salon de Kappa. 6272-4466
An ordinary Italian restaurant by night, Kappa offers an Italian-style beef curry at lunchtime, with optional toppings like gouda cheese and ham cutlet.
mapChiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 3-5-5. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Ichigaya -- To The Herbs. 3511-5800
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Gobancho 2. Open 7am-11:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Ushigome-Kagurazaka -- Carmine. 3260-5066
The home base and launching pad of one of Tokyo's most famous Italian chefs.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Saikumachi 1-19. (on Ushigome Chuo-dori, just south of Okubo-dori) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Kagurazaka -- Stefano. 5228-7515
Creative Italian cooking from talented young chef Stefano Fastro, a veteran of the Carmine restaurant group. The menu focuses on the food of the Veneto region, inland from Venice. The five-course prix-fixe dinner is Y6000, but a la carte offers a wider choice; lunch starts at Y1200.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 6-47, Terui Bldg. 1F. (on Kagurazaka-dori, about 1 min. from Kagurazaka station) Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kagurazaka -- Amoroso. 5261-2550
Excellent Italian cuisine in an intimate counter setting - the chef will plan a menu for you, matching each course with wines by the glass. Budget around Y10,000 for dinner, Y1500-3000 for prix-fixe lunch.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nakacho 22. Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
!Kagurazaka -- Shugo. 5228-1801
Shugo is the kind of laid-back neighborhood Italian restaurant where you can order from the menu or just leave things up to the chef - it's hard to go wrong either way. Main dishes are built around top-grade ingredients like aged Hokkaido beef and Hokkaido crab, and there's a nice selection of creative pastas. The wine list includes many good wines in the Y3000-6000 range - not only Italians but some New World choices as well. [Show more]
latemapShinjuku-ku, Tsukudo Hachimancho 5-12. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO). Closed Sun, first Mon.
Iidabashi -- Sorriso. 3235-4477
Consistently high-quality Italian food (starting with their excellent bread) in a bright, airy setting.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 3-1-15. Open 11:30am-2pm, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Iidabashi -- Canal Cafe. 3260-8068
Cafes with scenic settings are a rarity in Tokyo, so this lovely spot looking out over the rowboats on the moat is worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. After 5pm it's a proper restaurant, with surprisingly good upper-level Italian fare, including a nice assortment of small appetizers and lots of good-value wines. Budget around Y6000-9000 for dinner. There's also a separate self-service section of the cafe next to the boat docks; they're open for coffee a little later in the evening.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Other areas

Hamamatsucho -- Italiana Enoteca D'Oro. 6383-1522
There's no need for an elaborate meal if you're not in the mood; here you can settle in with a simple pizza margherita, a sampling of their fifteen different hams and salamis, and a nice bottle or two of Italian wine. The cellar stocks around 300-400 different bottles, so it may take awhile to choose. Open late Thursday and Friday evenings; budget from Y4000 at dinnertime with drinks.
lateSunmapMinato-ku, Kaigan 1-2-20, Shiodome Building 1F. Open 11am-4, 5-10:30pm (LO; 3am Thu/Fri). Open every day.
Akihabara -- Queen of Chickens. 5207-2948
The popular Shimbashi-based rotisserie chicken specialist offers hearty food at budget-friendly prices, especially at lunchtime (until 3:30pm) when you can get half a roast chicken along with potatoes, soup and salad for just Y1280.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Hanaokacho 1-1, Yodobashi Akiba 8F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Oshiage -- Rigoletto. 5809-7401
Rotisserie chicken is the highlight of the menu at this Spanish-Italian chain restaurant. Open until 4am, Rigoletto is one of the few late-night choices in the neighborhood. Budget around Y3000 at dinnertime.
lateSunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 2F East Yard. Open 11am-4am (-11pm Sun) daily.
Daiba -- La Boheme. 3599-4801
Late-night pastas and Italian wines.
no smokinglateSunmapMinato-ku, Daiba 1-7-1, Mediage 4F (Aquacity Odaiba). Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Daiba -- To The Herbs. 3599-6100
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
SunmapMinato-ku, Daiba 1-7-1, Aqua City 5F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
!Higashi-Nakano -- Pizzeria Ciro. 6426-0309
The pizza makers here trained in Naples, and they use a wood-burning pizza oven. Some thirty varieties of fantastic thin-crusted pizzas are ready to eat in or take out.
no smokingSunmapNakano-ku, Higashi-Nakano 3-8-3. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nakano -- Il Fornello. 3387-5210
Splendid cooking by a great Italian chef. Lunch Y1000-1800; dinner Y3500 and Y5000.
SunmapNakano-ku, Nakano 4-7-2. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Nakano -- Il Primo. 3384-3981
Authentic Italian fare prepared by an Italian-trained chef
SunmapNakano-ku, Chuo 5-46-5. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Koenji -- Queen of Chickens. 5327-8328
Great roast chicken at just Y1880 a bird, plus a decent selection of budget wines (from Y2700) draw the crowds at this Shimbashi-based shop. There's a hefty Y680 per person table charge, but that includes a bottomless bowl of fresh seasonal vegetables and a bagna cauda-style warm anchovy dip.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Kita 3-16-2, Seikatsu no Hana B-kan 1F. Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Ogikubo -- Toko 'n Toko. 3220-2455
Mr. Toko prepares excellent pizzas and other Italian fare, as well as surprising items like paella and guacamole. The smallish dining room has around four tables and a tiny counter.
mapSuginami-ku, Ogikubo 4-21-11. Open 5:30-10:30pm. Closed Sunday, Monday.
!Kichijoji -- Pizzeria GG. 0422-26-5024
Thirty varieties of fantastic thin-crusted pizzas are ready to eat in or take out. The pizza makers trained in Naples, and they use a wood-burning pizza oven.
SunmapMusashino-shi, Kichijoji Minamicho 1-17-1, Purejiru Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Shimo-Takaido -- Zucchero. 3325-1143
Good neighborhood Italian cooking, with a nice selection of daily specials. Y3000-5000 per person.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Shimo-Takaido 1-20-5. Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Yoyogi-Uehara -- En Boca. 5452-1699
First-rate pizzas, creative Italian-Japanese fusion cuisine and Belgian beers are served here in an elegant but comfortable dining room - a nice setting for a date or special celebration. The original branch is in Karuizawa. Budget around Y6000 per person for food and drink.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Moto-Yoyogi 16-16. Open 5:30-10pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
Shimo-Kitazawa -- Daniela. 3487-6086
A more casual sister shop of the excellent Emilia restaurant in Harajuku, Bar Alimentari Daniela offers inexpensive snacks and drinks as well as Y2000-3600 prix-fixe dinners and a Y4500 three-pasta dinner.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Daizawa 5-16-23. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kyodo -- Kyodo406. 3425-1222
A casual Italian-themed cafe-restaurant with a big outdoor terrace. They also run a wine shop just next door (03-3425-1136), so the wine selection is bigger than average.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Kyodo 2-1-33, Kyodo Corty 4F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Sangenjaya -- Teppen. 6805-5773
This friendly wine bar has a lively atmosphere and a neighborhood feel. Although interior is fairly large (and certainly bigger than it appears from the entrance), the counter setup with its display of tapas-style daily specials gives it a cozy feeling. [Show more]
latemapSetagaya-ku, Sangenjaya 2-14-19. Open 6pm-4am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Sangenjaya -- Guccina. 3795-5587
A nice, cozy neighborhood spot with solid, occasionally creative cooking.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Sangenjaya 1-6-13. (5 minutes south of the station) Open 11:30am-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Futago-tamagawa -- Bleue Blanche. 3708-5012
Fairly decent Italian fare (pastas, grilled fish, antipasti) served in small portions. Drinks are on the expensive side.
lateSunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa 3-12-13. Open 5pm-5am. Open every day.
Futago-tamagawa -- To The Herbs. 5797-1300
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Futago-tamagawa -- Rigoletto Spice Market. 5491-4470
Reliable food, reasonably priced wines, late-night hours and glitzy decor are the draws at this suburban venture from the Rigoletto group. The food menu features pastas, pizzas, and small tapas dishes priced at Y300 and Y500.
lateSunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa 2-21-1, Rise SC Station Market. Open 11am-4am daily.
Futago-tamagawa -- Tokio Plage Lunatic. 3708-1118
When the weather is nice you can enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine up on the rooftop, looking out over the Tama River. There are also barbecue facilities (reserve with the staff), and a charmingly rustic dining room on the ground floor, where the kitchen turns out pastas, risotti and other reasonably priced Italian fare.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Tamagawa 1-1-4. Open 11:45am-11pm daily.
Naka-Meguro -- Da Isa. 5768-3739
Excellent Naples-style pizza from award-winning pizza chef Hisanori Yamamoto at this neighborhood landmark. Weekday lunches are Y1000.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Aobadai 1-28-9. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Naka-Meguro -- Seirinkan. 3714-5160
The camouflage net-covered, cast-iron exterior of Seirinkan (formerly acclaimed pizzeria Savoy) strikes an imposing figure, but inside atmosphere is lively and fun. Although they serve only two kinds of pizza here - marinara and margherita - taciturn owner Susumu Kakinuma bakes both to perfection in the wood-fired oven downstairs. [Show more]
SunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 2-6-4. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Jiyugaoka -- Fermata. 3718-5084
Great pizzas from a wood-burning oven and only the finest mozzerellas from this small, very casual pizzeria.
SunmapMeguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 2-14-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ota-ku -- Caffe Cocco. 5756-6159
Looking to share a sociable drink before a departing flight at Haneda Airport, we didn't expect to find anything as fancy as Belgian beers, but this Italian-themed cafe in the Terminal 2 food court area surprised us. They offer three different brews - Orval, Duvel and Vedett - along with simple Italian cafe fare such as pastas and fried chicken. The best seats are outside the shop on the "dining terrace" overlooking the departures concourse.
SunmapOta-ku, Haneda Kuko 3-4-2, Terminal 2, 3F. Open 6:30am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kawasaki -- Il Pinolo. 044-230-1033
Reliable upscale Italian cuisine from this Ginza-based group. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5,000-8,500, or you can order a la carte; lunch from Y1300.
SunmapKawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Ogawacho 4-1, La Cittadella 3F. Open 11am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Kawasaki -- Galileo. 044-222-8100
This "osteria tipica Napoletana" offers full-course dinners priced Y3500-5500, along with pizzas, pastas and grilled meats a la carte. Lunch sets from Y1100.
SunmapKawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Ogawacho 4-1, Maggiore 2F. Open 11am-2, 6-11pm daily.


Edogawabashi -- Bistro. 3943-6936
Seasons Bistro is the casual Mediterranean restaurant at the Four Seasons, serving everything from bouillabaisse and grilled steaks to Cobb salads, burgers and Thai curries. Main dishes average around Y2800, prix-fixe dinners from Y5000.
SunmapBunkyo-ku, Sekiguchi 2-10-8, Four Seasons Hotel. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
!Omotesando -- Benoit. 6419-4181
From French celeb chef Alain Ducasse, a Mediterranean restaurant covering the cuisines of Italy, Spain, North Africa and Greece. The dining room is comfortable and attractively laid out, with nice views of Aoyama-dori, Shibuya and Shinjuku. Service is professional without being stiff. The wine list has some nice choices for under Y9000, and wine by the glass is fairly reasonable. Prix-fixe dinners from Y8,000, lunches from Y4500.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-51-8, La Porte Aoyama 10F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
!!Omotesando -- Cicada. 6434-1255
First-rate Mediterranean cuisine from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor group (Beacon, Ivy Place). Now located in the heart of Aoyama (after a decade in Hiroo), the spacious quarters are evocative of a luxury tropical resort, with comfortable terrace seating, pools of water and an appealing open-air bar. The complex also houses a branch of TY Harbor's excellent bakery, Breadworks, and a casual cafe space called Crisscross. [See FULL REVIEW.]
latedecorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-7-28. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO) daily.
Ebisu -- Amapola. 3793-7721
A pleasant "Mediterranean Rim" restaurant with a very casual cafe area up front (including outdoor seating) and a more formal dining room in back. The food is serviceable but not spectacular, and includes Spanish, French and Italian main dishes and starters, pizzas, paellas and pastas. There's also an extensive (and not very expensive) wine selection.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 3-1-24, City Square Ebisu 1F. (on Komazawa-dori) Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Nishi-Azabu -- Kitchen 5. 3409-8835
This long-running Nishi-Azabu standby is one of the pioneers in tapas-style "mukokuseki" (no-nationality) dining. The service can be moody at times, but the food is usually quite interesting.
mapMinato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 4-2-15. Open 6-9:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Naka-Meguro -- N_1155. 3760-1001
Fresh organic produce is the pride of this casual, stylish dining bar. The simple menu complements the nice selection of organic and biodynamic wines. Bruschetta, baby shrimp and tomatoes sauteed in garlic oil, and other tapas-style dishes are available on the first floor, while more substantial fare such as Australian lamb and veal can be ordered upstairs, with full-course dinners from Y2800. The smoke-free environment is a plus.
no smokingSunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 1-1-55. Open noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Naka-Meguro -- Bar Agrado. 6659-7223
Tapas and grilled items, a good selection of sherry, plus around 5 wines by the glass are available at this pleasant bar, located on a small side street behind the Nakameguro GT building. The first floor, with its counter seating (and standing room at the front), has a cozy, chilled out feel. Table seating can be found on the second floor. (Open 4-11:30pm Sundays and holidays.)
lateSunmapMeguro-ku, Kami-Meguro 2-7-10. Open 6pm-2:30am (LO) daily.
Hayama -- Plage Sud. 0468-57-4441
Acceptable Mediterranean food and wine, notable for its wonderful location. High above the waves but set well away from the coast road, this has to be the ultimate romantic sundowner spot.
SunmapYokosuka-shi, Akiya 5575. (bus from Zushi or Yokusuka) Open 11:30am-9:45pm (LO). Closed Mondays.