Is it PIZZA? or TOAST? – NO, It’s “PIZZATOAST”

What about Pizza Toast?

Hello there! When traveling to Japan, it’s common to try traditional Japanese cuisine such as sushi, tempura, and ramen. But why not take the opportunity to enjoy some of Japan’s more homey, approachable food? Let’s talk about “Pizza Toast”!

“Pizza Toast, what’s that?” you might wonder. This delicious snack, as the name suggests, puts the components of a pizza onto a slice of toast. Specifically, you take a slice of bread, add tomato sauce and cheese, plus any additional toppings you like (such as ham, green peppers, or mushrooms), and bake it in the oven. Simple as it is, it’s surprisingly delicious.

Now, you might be thinking, “Combining pizza and toast? That’s outrageous! Pizza is best as pizza, and toast is best as toast.” However, from the perspective of a Japanese author like myself, Pizza Toast is neither pizza nor toast – it’s a totally different dish. So, I urge you to give it a shot! You might be pleasantly surprised.

History of PIZZATOAST & HOW TO MAKE

Pizza Toast made its debut in the Showa era and became a staple in cafes and households alike. For a time, it was almost forgotten as a “taste of Showa” or “nostalgic taste,” but in recent years, it has been reevaluated as retro food and has regained popularity.

Above all, Pizza Toast is extremely easy to make and customizable to your liking. If you enjoy spicy foods, you can add chili peppers or hot sauce. If you’re vegetarian, omit the meat and pile on an array of colorful vegetables. The joy of creating your very own original Pizza Toast is unparalleled.

The origin of Pizza Toast

So, there’s a café known as the origin of this Pizza Toast. Its name? “Benishika.”

“It was my mother who created the Pizza Toast. At the time, there were only a few Italian restaurants in Tokyo. They were so fancy that you’d have to make a reservation to get in.

Whenever my parents went to such Italian restaurants, they often ordered pizza. They thought about how to recreate this pizza using ingredients available in Japanese households. Given that pizza dough wasn’t sold in stores then, they decided to use toast as a substitute. That’s how it all started. The menu was created right in our kitchen.”

The Owner Mr.Murakami said

The Pizza Toast at Benishika is impressively large and definitely leaves an impact visually. When you take a bite, the generously topped cheese is crispy on the surface but melty and stretchy underneath. The green peppers, bacon, and mushrooms are also plentiful and incredibly tasty. It’s a must-try!

Pizzatoast combo ¥1,200

Shop Name: Benishika
TEL: +81 3-3502-0848
Address: 1F, Matsui Building, 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza Station (Exit A4), JR Yurakucho Station (Central Exit)
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Closed: Open daily
Payment: Cash only

Image Source:https://tokyosandwich.com/benishika/