DON CICCIO – a vegan/vegetarian-friendly pizzeria using locally grown Kyoto ingredients
On March 18th, 2019, DON CICCIO opened their doors in the famous Fushimi street of Ryoma-dori. Outfitted with a traditional stone pizza oven, this up and coming pizzeria boasts the exquisite pizzas of 2014 Japanese representative to the World Pizza Championships and 2015 Asia Champion, Chihiro Togo. Known as the Sumo Pizzaiolo, Togo trained in Naples itself and is a well-known pizza purist. Through living in Naples and experiencing the day to day lives of the Neapolitan people, Togo fell in love with the Naples style of pizza.
The so-called food of the Neapolitan people, Neapolitan pizzas, are filling and nutritionally balanced, while their short one to two-minute cook time also makes them quick and easy.
Togo decided to dedicate himself to Neapolitan pizza because he felt he could bring that same delicious, yet cheap, style of pizza to the streets of Japan as well.
With Neapolitan pizza, you can order specific toppings and make your own original pizza. So, if you prefer no cheese, or want to swap out ham for tuna, then you can do so. This customizable aspect of Neapolitan pizza makes DON CICCIO an excellent spot for vegans, vegetarians and those with allergies.
One of the DON CICCIO's most defining features has to be their dough. Left to rise for close to 12 hours, the dough is chewy, noticeably salty, and filling; yet, still manages to not overpower or drown out the toppings in any way. DON CICCIO also avoids using preservatives in their dough, giving peace of mind to both parents and the more health-conscious of us.
With toppings of Kyoto grown vegetables and Fushimi brewed sake, at DON CICCIO you can enjoy the incredible flavors of the forever changing and evolving Kyoto x Neapolitan cuisine.