Pizzeria Ghitaro

Photo by Gregory Lane
Japanese script: ピッツェリア・ギタロー
Address: 1F, 7-10-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo [map]
Phone: 03-5570-2130 03-5570-2130
Access: 442 m from Akasaka Station Chiyoda Line (C6)
0.6 km from Roppongi Station Hibiya Line (H4)Oedo Line (E23)
0.7 km from Nogizaka Station Chiyoda Line (C5)
Hours: Mon-Fri:11:45am -2pm, 6pm - 10pm; Saturday: 6pm - 10pm, Sunday: Closed
Payment options: Cash and credit cards  Visa Mastercard Diners Club American Express JCB
Smoking:  Separate smoking/no smoking

Ghitaro is one of the oldest Italian eateries in Akasaka. Consequently the decor is a little dated, but it mainly hits the mark for the rustic feel that it seems to be aiming for.

Photo by Gregory Lane

To emphasize the slightly dated atmosphere, there is a photo of Junichiro Koizumi in pride of place behind the bar – Japan’s Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006.

The service is quick and polite if not lacking in flair. They do seem a bit puzzled on how to treat non Japanese customers, but they were friendly enough.

Photo by Gregory Lane

The restaurant is 100% non-smoking for lucn, while the front of the restaurant is reserved for smokers at dinner time.

Photo by Gregory Lane

While the pizza is freshly hand made, they don’t have a woodfired oven so the pizza doesn’t have that smokey woodfired taste typical of Neapolitan pizza. The crust too is a touch on the dry side.

Photo by Gregory Lane

Lunch options include the A, B and C course. ‘A’ is a pasta lunch with an antipasto starter and drink for ¥1,030, B lunch is the same but replacing pasta for a freshly made pizza – for ¥1,030. The most expensive option is the Pranzo Ghitaro for ¥1,830 which includes either pasta or pizza and an extra course of food from the menu.

The clientele are a slightly older local crowd.

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