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Saizeriya: Very affordable Italian food and wine

One day in Japan you wake up and realise that you’re fed up with fancy restaurants. You suddenly want to enjoy inexpensive, but good food and wine. And you know where to go. To a family restaurant (fami resu), of course. No, they aren’t that bad if you know where to go. So far, Saizeriya is one of my favourites, partly because it is the closest to my home. If you want to know the real facts, it is one of the family restaurants that managed to thrive while many others stay afloat.SaizeriyaOn the web page of Saizeriya you will see pictures with lots of foreigners (presumably even Italians?) laughing, eating, drinking, and just having a good time. In reality, depending on the time of the day, you will be surrounded by high school girls doing their homework, or by families with kids, only Japanese. Personally I sometimes see foreign guys drinking beer and that’s about it. But then again, maybe I was at the wrong branch/time…SaizeriyaTo be honest, when I read about the strategy of Saizeriya, I didn’t get too much impressed. In case if you are wondering, they just heat up the frozen foods and that’s why don’t really need chefs. And the menu is too short compared to, say, Gusto or Jonathan’s. I can microwave a frozen pizza at home, so why bother coming?SaizeriyaThe answer is rather simple: to take a break in a warm place with Italian red wine by the glass, and to take advantage of their non-alcohol drinks bar. If you are a wine expert or/and a coffee purist, just ignore what I said.Saizeriya

As a person who is trying to consume less refined carbs, I don’t really have much choice there. Usually it is a salad, but sometimes I just give in and order something sweet. The taste is nothing to write home about, but it is good enough to keep me going half of the day. So I guess it is a nice choice both for my stomach and for my wallet. Just keep away from the toilets if you don’t smoke: they are often next to the smoking section of Saizeriya.




Address: Shirokane AerCity 2F 1-17-2 Shirokane, Minato, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10 am – midnight
Regular Holidays: Open daily
Telephone: 03-5795-3160
Access 1: Shirokane-Takanawa Subway Station, Exit 4
Access 2: 13 min. walk from Shirokanedai Subway Station, Exit 2
Distance to airport: 20 km from Haneda Airport
Official website (only in Japanese): Saizeriya

Article by Olga Kaneda

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