Da Yuki – Authentic Italian pizza hot out of a wood-fired oven
Da Yuki is an endlessly popular Italian restaurant near the Heian Jingu Shrine. Da Yuki owner, Kamada, trained under an Italian pizza master in the heartland of pizza, Naples. Kamada uses his cultivated skills together with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven to serve up delicious authentic Italian pizza and place Da Yuki among the handful of restaurants in Kyoto that offer true Italian pizza.
With a hefty helping of imported Italian water buffalo mozzarella, Da Yuki’s provola pizza brings together the magnificent smokey flavors and aromas of smoked mozzarella with the astringency of tomatoes.
In addition to pizza, Da Yuki also offers an a la carte menu that gives you the freedom to choose whatever piques your fancy. Additionally, a sommelier is on staff to give suggestions and help pick a wine from their huge selection that will pair perfectly with your food.
In addition to their set menu, Da Yuki also offers a daily menu that contains various vegetables and fresh seafood, making you want to go back time and time again.
/ ￥1,900 (excl. tax)
Da Yuki’s Povola is a pizza made with tomato, smoked buffalo mozzarella, basil and parmesan. The crispy crust gives off the most wonderful aroma, while the soft and chewy texture brings out the natural, delicious doughy flavors of the flour.
The buffalo mozzarella imported directly from Italy is smooth with the sweetness of unpasteurized milk. The moment it hits your palate, the cheese fills your mouth with the beautiful cheesy flavors and aromas. Additionally, the rich umami of the cheese combined with the sweet and sourness of the mini tomatoes and refreshing flavors of the basil make for an absolutely irresistible pizza.
Da Yuki offers a huge selection of pizza, so if you’re lost to as what to choose, go for this provola pizza.
Kuishinbo Sarada – The Gourmad’s Salad
/ ￥1,500 (excl. tax)
This glutton's delight is a massive salad of salami, ham and ricotta cheese atop of a mix of veggies, which includes baby corn, broccoli and Julienne carrots. The saltiness of the ricotta cheese clings onto the umami of the salami and ham and creates an exquisitely textured, delicious dish. Following this mixture with a helping of vegetables helps to cleanse your palate of the salty ricotta and leave you ready to go back for more. The mix of textures, in addition to the already incredibly vibrant look, will have you picking away at this salad until the very last leaf of lettuce.
OSTA di Ampeleia 2017/ Ampeleia
/ ￥1,000 (excl. tax)
OSTA di Ampeleia is a wine made from the Italian wine grape, Trebbiano. This orange-colored, dry wine is incredibly fruity and accented by refreshing citrusy flavors.
As the ingredients of the pizza are so simple, a clear, astringent, dry white wine that doesn’t overshadow the flavors of the pizza makes for the perfect pairing.
Da Yuki has a large range of wine, so if you’re unsure as to what to order, feel free to ask the staff.
Rich Panna cotta
/ ￥600 (excl. tax)
Creamy and wobbly, panna cotta is not too dissimilar to Japan’s version of crème caramel known simply as pudding. Incorporating fresh cream into the recipe, this panna cotta has a destinctly rich and creamy flavor. The jiggly, melt in your mouth texture combined with the aforementioned flavors culminate in this being one of the most irresistible desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
The addition of the refreshingly scented, olive oil dressed sorbet provides this dish with a palate cleanser and is one of the reasons why this may be the perfect after-dinner dessert.