Thursday, May 13, 2010

pizzeria pancia piena

I am not sure when I first heard about Pizzeria Pancia Piena, but my blog friend, Rona, highly recommended it.

We tried 2 times to eat there. But on the weekends, the wait was crazy long.

The shop is small, with only about 12 to 15 seats.

Of course the item taking up most of the space is...the pizza oven, wood burning, of course.

This pizzeria is Neapolitan style and is certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN).

During lunchtime, you can order a pizza set (pizza, salad & drink) or pasta set (pasta, salad & drink).

The pizza set is based on the price of the pizza you choose. I think the pasta set runs the same way too.

I think you could also order a la carte, but we decided to try the pizza set, since the price of the pizza covers the price of the salad and drink.

We chose the Pizza D.O.C. which I feel is a traditional pizza--buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, parmigiano & basilico....2200 yen (about US$22)

We loved this! The cheese was so buttery and the tomatoes so sweet.

Our second pizza was the margherita con rughetta (tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmigiano, basilico & ruccola)...1700 yen (about US$17)

This was good too. Everything was really fresh not overly salty like those take-out type pizzas.

We were talking about the two pizzas and agree that the "no tomato sauce" version (D.O.C.) was an overall better pizza.

For our drinks, we chose coffee. This shop uses Caffe Passalacqua, which is a Neapolitan coffee brand. Satoshi didn't particularly like the coffee but I thought it wasn't too bad. Though I wish they wouldn't have it pre-brewed and sitting around in their coffee pot.

It was a great lunch, and we felt like we had gone to Italy! especially seeing this cute FIAT 500 (which I found out by surfing around the web!) on our way to lunch. (fun that there was a huge truck in the back to show the size of this car!)

Ooh and the name "pancia piena" apparently means "full belly", which is definitely what we left with.

Thanks for the great recommendation Rona! (hope I didn't make you too "homesick" with this post...)

Pizzeria Pancia Piena
1-1 Sakaehonmachi
Ikeda, Osaka
Phone: 072.754.5564
Closed Mondays
Open Weekdays 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:00
Weekends/Holidays 12:00-15:00, 17:30-22:00


Rona Y said...

It just made me a little homesick--it's a good thing I'm not craving Neapolitan-style pizza! Otherwise this post would make me cry, too!

We had some kind of cream-based topping that was surprisingly good, albeit very rich. But the chile-infused olive oil (you have to ask for it, and they'll give it to you in a little cup) cuts through that richness nicely!

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope you can do a taste test between this place and Fontegara one day. I'd love to hear which one you prefer!

jalna said...

OMG that pizza looks awesome!

Rowena said...

Such a coincidence that you should mention this, because one of the things I've been wanting to do is to visit pizzerias that are listed in a website called - I guess my diet isn't gonna last that long...

Tamakikat said...

Looks and sounds delish, Kat. Cool that you saw a bambino.


Thistlemoon said...

There is nothing like good authentic Italian pizza!

K and S said...

I've already told Satoshi about Fontegara, so we'll probably check it out soon Rona :) Thanks again!

Thanks Jalna :) it was!

Guess you should try them while the weather is warm and you can get out more Rowena :)

Thanks TK, it was :)

Definitely Jenn :)

Take care everyone!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Mmm...the pizza looks wonderful. My favorite pizzas are without tomato sauce too. ;-)

K and S said...

I find my favorites are without tomato sauce or with pesto :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of them before. Pizza looks good. ;-)


K and S said...

Thanks Paz :) these were delicious!

Take care.

Unknown said...

That with the greens on it pizza looks delicious! I have this thing for pizza.... hehehe.

K and S said...

Rick, This was good! I liked how we got some veggies in with it :)

Take care.