Pinoccio’s brick-oven pies provide a slice of Italy in Sasebo
As an American living in Japan, it can sometimes be difficult to find a restaurant that reminds me of home. However, there is one dish offered nearly everywhere around the world that can almost always cure culinary homesickness: pizza.
Luckily for those stationed at Sasebo Naval Station, there’s Pinoccio — a brick-oven pizza joint just a 20-minute walk from the installation boasting a beautiful view from a balcony overlooking the ocean. The downtown Sasebo location inside the 5th Avenue mall is the restaurant’s second branch, capitalizing off the popularity of the original Pinoccio at Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed amusement park located several miles south on Hario Island.
While I don’t know the story behind the restaurant’s name, Pinoccio offers an English menu, a solid wine selection and (most importantly) excellent pizza.
I visited Pinoccio in the early evening, so there was not much of a crowd. However, even on a slower evening, Pinoccio has a classy, big-city restaurant feel. The waitstaff is well-dressed, and the restaurant’s wine selection, much of which is sold by the bottle, rivals many upscale Italian joints in the States.
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