By Chris Barnes
If you're craving a delicious wood-fired pizza in Tokyo that is more than your standard margherita, head over to 800 Degrees Wood-Fired Kitchen where fresh ingredients meet smokey flavors for a quick and delicious meal.
800 Degrees is a U.S. restaurant chain that has recently opened three restaurants in Tokyo (Minami-Aoyama, Shinjuku, and Marunouchi). The restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, and offer a wide range of pizza options (including gluten-free menu items) that will satisfy any pizza-loving customer.
The great thing about 800 Degrees is the customization the restaurant encourages (not something common in restaurants here). There are seven steps to ordering your perfect pizza:
Step 1: Choose a crust
Either original Neapolitan or gluten free.
Step 2: Choose a base
Here, you can select from five different options such as a standard margherita, marinara, or pesto.
Step 3: Choose add-ons
With 44 options on the menu, one has no shortage of choices for toppings.
Step 4: Choose a side dish
These cost extra, but the restaurant offers an assortments of salads and other side dishes.
Step 5: Choose a drink
800 Degrees has tasty craft beer and its own take on lemonade, but there are a variety of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices.
Step 6: Pay and take a ticket
Depending on what toppings you select, a typical pizza will range somewhere between 1000 and 2500 yen (unless you go crazy with your toppings choices, of course!)
Step 7: Watch it cook
Since the oven operates at 800 degrees, it only takes a total of around 90 seconds to finish your pizza. Pretty good to have the fast food speed with artisanal quality.
800 Degrees is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a delicious pizza made just the way you like it. At an average of 2000-3000 yen for a pizza and a drink, it's a little pricey, but certainly not bad for the quality of the food and compared to other eateries in their vicinity.
The Tokyo International Forum 800 Degrees Pizza store is located a few minutes walk from either Tokyo Station, Yurakucho Station, or Hibiya Station. It is located on the first floor of the building.
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