Saturday, November 7, 2009

In My Mailbox: Pizza Strawberry Cones

Yes, you read that right. No, I didn't mix one flyer up with another. The name of this pizza delivery really is Strawberry Cones. When you've lived in Japan long enough, you learn not to ask questions.

The colorful and, to my unimaginative American eyes, absolutely insane pizzas featured on delivery flyers provided me with endless fascination the first couple of years I lived here. I even tried ordering a pizza or two in my time. But to be honest, they didn't impress me and weren't worth the price. So reader beware: this Strawberry Cones report is based solely on the evidence of the shiny ad they placed in my mailbox.
Offering pizzas with a different topping in each quarter (the "Four Seasons Autumn" pizza at the top), or at least a different topping in each half (the "Lots of Cheese Black Pizza" above on the right), is very common here. And no, you can't mix and match - those four quarters are what you see, what you get. But who would want to change when you can get something like the Four Seasons Autumn, which features a quarter Sweet Corn, a quarter Hokkaido Potato and Tuna, a quarter Smoked Salmon and Broccoli with Gratin Sauce, and a quarter Shrimp, Mayo, and Cheddar? The Black Pizza, by the way, is apparently made according to a Japanese tradition that involves kneading bamboo charcoal into the dough, if I translated that correctly, making it crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Isn't that how all pizza crust is supposed to be, though? Well, it certainly does gives it a unique look!
Since kids don't go for a lot of the weirder toppings in the Japan Pizza Universe, there are little blue smiley kid faces on the kid-friendly ones. Such as Egg, Sausage, and Mayo; such as Teriyaki Hamburger and Potato. You know, the usual. Also, to order as a side with your pizza, there's a whole Appetizer menu including those classic pizza accompaniments like Seafood Sticks, Onion Rings, Basil Chicken, and Apple PIe. For dessert, you can choose among gelato, panna cotta, tiramisu, or ... warabi mochi, which are made of kudzu and topped with powdered sweet soybeans.
Just to be fair, Strawberry Cones does offer more normal pizzas too, on the "Napoli Pizza" page. If you're a purist, you can get your Margherita, your Prosciutto-Arugula, and your Eggplant-Bacon pizzas. But Americans take note - there's not a plain pepperoni pie on the whole menu. You can, however, get a Strawberry Dessert Pizza (the one with the red label on the bottom right). Could this be the missing link with the shop's name?

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