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In Pursuit of the Perfect Pie

October 20, 2014
Pizza Slice
The New York-style pizza found its humble beginnings in the early 1900s when Italian immigrants thinned down the originally thick Neapolitan crust to minimise baking time and adapt to the metropolis’ hectic, non-stop lifestyle. So when Hiroki Sarumaru first discovered this Gothamite rendition on a trip the States, he knew it would translate well to the needs of equally busy Tokyoites. After two years of learning the ropes in some of the Big Apple’s most renowned pizzerias, he returned to Tokyo to unveil Pizza Slice, a trendy, new pie parlour in the Shibuya neighbourhood.

The space, too, echoes the Brooklyn vibe with white subway tiled walls, long communal wooden tables, bentwood chairs and exposed ducts across a high ceiling, while the freshly baked wares come in authentic, long slices across a 20-inch diameter. Toppings are mostly traditional – think pepperoni and house-made Italian sausage – but come thick and fast and generously heaped with mozzarella. Or if you’re worried about your waistline, opt for rather more exotic incarnations like the ‘healthy’ chicken Caesar salad pizza. And like any true American establishment, it’s all about sides like garlic knots and clam chowder, artisan brews on tap and darn good cawfee from the Streamer Coffee Company. Pizz-aaah!

1/F / 1-3 Sarugakucho / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 5428 5166 / 11:30 am-11:00 pm Tue-Sun / slice01.com
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