American-style eatery near Yokota a troop favorite
If you live on Yokota Air Base and are looking for a place to enjoy a tasty (and filling) lunch or dinner, head over to Demode Heaven Fussa.
The restaurant boasts scores of entrees, from pizzas, pastas and pastries to grilled steak, chicken and hamburgers. And the friendly, English-speaking staff will make you feel at home as you relax in the American-style restaurant that is a favorite among those in the military community.
If you can’t find something to satisfy your taste buds and appetite at Demode, there might be something wrong with you. There are literally hundreds of items on the menu, which continues to grow as the chefs introduce new dishes to satisfy their customers.
“Don’t hesitate and tell us what you want,” restaurant manager Tatsuhiko Shibuya said. “We will do our best to customize the dish for you as much as possible.”
“We make the dough from scratch,” Shibuya said. “The strong fire from our stone oven makes our pizzas extremely chewy, just like those of Naples.”
You can enjoy your favorite pizza with the soup of the day and ice tea for 980 yen during lunch (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
At Shibuya’s recommendation, I ordered the lunch set with Diavora pizza.
I was overwhelmed when I saw a whole 11-inch pizza served on my table. I could not help but ask restaurant staffer Yuriko Monelo if other customers normally ate the entire pizza by themselves or shared with family and friends.
“Most of customers eat it up themselves,” Monelo chuckled.
The hot, rich flavor of sausage really goes along with stuffy dough, sweet and chewy cheese and extremely spicy tomato sauce. The smell was just great. I added some hot pepper olive oil that was available on the table, and that made it even tastier.
The minestrone soup that was served as part of my lunch set had little seasoning in it, but that highlighted the tastes of each vegetable. The mild soup went along nicely with spicy pizza.
The lunch was so good that I ate everything up!
I was so full that I didn’t have room for Zuccotto, a dome-shaped Italian cream cheesecake with chocolate and nuts. Shibuya told me the cheesecake is very popular among customers and has been the restaurant’s signature sweet since opening over 20 years ago. I can tell you that it looked delicious.
Actually, everything looked delicious at Demode, which can serve 130 customers inside and another 28 on an outside terrace. Located a short walk outside the Yokota’s Fussa Gate, Demode is a great place to tryout with a group of friends and is not a bad place to take a date. Or you can fly solo like I did and soak in the relaxing atmosphere and enjoy the wonderful dishes Demode is known for.