A slice of pizza: Rocco's New York Style Pizza
For a round pie, there is one clear winner in my book: Rocco’s New York Style Pizza. Any New Yorker would instantly recognize this is a comfortable neighborhood pizza joint. If it’s baseball season, there’s probably a game on the television. While you’re waiting for your 18-inch pizza to come out of the oven, order some garlic rolls (or garlic knots, as they’re known there).
Pizza by the slice is pricey here, but whole pies are a bargain, given Tokyo’s generally high prices. Rocco’s gets the little things right. The cheese bubbles, the dough is slightly chewy and the crust is crisp without resembling cardboard. Someday I’ll avoid stuffing myself, maybe, and get the cheesecake for dessert.
Rocco’s one unfortunate drawback is its Oji location, which requires a 70-minute train ride for me. However, if you’re headed to Ueno Park for the cherry blossoms, it’s not far at all.
ROCCO’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA
Directions: Oji, on the JR Keihin-Tohoku line.
Information: Open for lunch and dinner, see website for hours. (03)3906-9710.