Tasty Squid Pizza, and other Culinary Delights

Cleaning up around the house today, I came across the menu for a pizza chain. I thought I'd share some of the entries, which are quite typical of pizza in Japan.

They have three “series” of pizza: the Italiana Series boasts “cheese stacked to the top of your ears,” the Quarter Series has pizzas with four different combination of toppings (one combo per quarter pizza), and the Long Seller Series are the traditional standbys.

In this post, I'll feature one from each series...

Quarter Italiana

The first pizza in the Italiana Series has four combos like a Quarter-Series pizza, and hence is called the Quarter Italiana.

Quarter Italiana

The Quarter Italiana has:

  • double cheese
  • dried ham
  • fresh Basil
  • fresh tomato
  • pepper ham
  • shellfish
  • shrimp
  • squid
  • applewood smoked bacon
  • green pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • parsley
  • olive oil

It comes with tomato sauce, and has the footnote “please sprinkle with olive oil before eating.”

New Bomber

I have no idea why this Quarter Series pizza is called “New Bomber”, but here it is:

New Bomber

New Bomber contains:

  • fluffy egg filling
  • fresh tomatoes
  • coarsely ground sausage
  • teriyaki chicken
  • green asparagus
  • corn
  • fresh mushrooms
  • shrimp
  • tuna
  • mayonnaise
  • potato
  • shoulder bacon
  • onion
  • parsley

It comes with your choice of curry sauce or mayonnaise sauce


This Long-Seller pizza's name means “scallion mochi”. Mochi is a sticky, chewy rice product sort of like a cross between gum and cookie dough, but tastes like rice.


Negimotchi contains:

  • applewood smoked bacon
  • bits of mochi
  • “single-crop” scallions thin strips of scallions
  • mayonnaise
  • corn
  • shredded seaweed
  • cayenne pepper

It comes with teriyaki sauce, and has two footnotes:

  1. “Please sprinkle seaweed and cayenne pepper before eating”
  2. “While eating, take care not to get mochi stuck in your throat”

All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

>“While eating, take care not to get mochi stuck in your throat”
Going down, or coming back up?

— comment by Marcina on March 29th, 2007 at 1:25am JST (17 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Well, frankly I thought the sound of the Quarter Italiano sounded fantastic. That would be my choice in a heartbeat.

— comment by Grandma Friedl on March 29th, 2007 at 12:21pm JST (17 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Sounds good Jeffrey. One possible correction, however. The “one-crop” in your “one-crop scallions” means something more like “thin strips” as the kanji for “tanzaku” is probably “短冊・短籍・短尺”


Other than that, a mouth-watering good and amusing read.

Sounds good to me. I had to look up a number of the words (including, to my embarrassment, the “fluffy” of “fluffy egg filling” — I should have know ふんわり). The “one crop” thing made no sense to me, but who knows, neither does “applewood smoked…”. Thanks for the correction. —Jeffrey

— comment by Andy on March 29th, 2007 at 3:44pm JST (17 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Being married to the GrillMaster, and living with the Big Green Egg smoker, I have learned by osmosis that the different kinds of woods are used to give different flavors when smoking meat. The fruitwoods (apple, cherry, peach) are excellent for smoking pork and poultry. Thus “apple smoked” bacon, as opposed to say, hickory smoked bacon (which is more common in the American South). FWI: Alder is used for fish, and for steaks, you use something stronger such as Mesquite or the oak from old Jack Daniels barrels.

— comment by Marcina on March 30th, 2007 at 9:48am JST (17 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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