It's hit-or-miss Italian at Padrino del Shozan in Tokyo’s Odaiba district
Sitting in front of Padrino del Shozan, an Italian restaurant in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, you can imagine you’re in Venice gazing up at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The eatery is in a part of the VenusFort mall known as Church Plaza, where diners can sit “outside” under an artificial sky and look at the facade of a church. It doesn’t come anywhere near the grandeur of Saint Mark’s Basilica, but does somewhat resemble parts of St. Peter’s.
Church Plaza is in an out-of-the-way part of the mall, which made for a quiet dining experience. It took about half an hour for food to arrive, during which the “sky” darkened into artificial night and back to day.
My friend ordered grilled marlin (1,950 yen, or about $17.30). It reminded him of a tender, thick steak — savory, evenly seasoned and grilled just enough to sustain a juicy filet that flaked apart.
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