Harajuku: Italian
Eataly (Harajuku: Italian)
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

If you're in Harajuku and looking for a dining spot with a pleasant atmosphere, good food and spacious outdoor seating, Eataly checks all the boxes. The attractive third-floor terrace is probably the main selling point, with a verdant view overlooking Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine (and the intermittently audible Yoyogi Station).

The dinner menu focuses on well-constructed pizzas and a wide variety of pasta dishes, supplemented by a handful of starters and mains if you're putting together a full-course meal. There are charcuterie and mixed-cheese boards to accompany drinks, as well as an appetizing bagna cauda plate with beautifully presented fresh vegetables.

The busy pizza oven turns out a dozen varieties, among them meat-heavy Macellaio (mortadella, panchetta, ham and salsiccia); Salsiccia e Nduja (with spicy, spreadable Nduja sausage), Pescatora (mussels, crab, shrimp, squid), and Burrata.

Arancini (cheese-rice croquettes) starters are quite tasty, complemented by a piquant tomato sauce, while mains of grilled duck and grilled pork are succulent and well seasoned. Overall Eataly's cooking represents the more the traditional end of Italian cuisine - reliably solid fare without surprises.

Drinks include Italian craft beers and wines. Budget around Y4,000-5,500 per person for a full dinner with drinks, or less if you're just having pizza. The terrace includes a separate bar area (furnished with stools and counter-height tables) if you just want to stop in for a quick drink. There's also a big market area up front selling imported Italian foods.

by Robb Satterwhite

Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-14-30, With Harajuku 3F.
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