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The Social World: Italian Restaurants

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This chapter tries to trace the first steps of pizza into the Japanese culinary scene and gives particular attention to the southern Italian restaurants and pizzerias of Tokyo, and to the lives of chefs and restaurateurs involved in the business. The spatial area focused is Tokyo. The chapter delineates the path of pizza in Japan through four time periods. For every period, it outlines the stories of key actors involved in making Italian cuisine and pizza into Japanese favourites. What come into view from every story is not only the path of pizza in Japan, but also the search and claim for authenticity through the use and the accumulation of cultural capital. This chapter is not only mindful of the efforts of Italian and Japanese involved in bringing Italian cuisine to Japan and their stories of the restaurant business, but also in building and using various symbols of authenticity.

Keywords: chefs; Italian cuisine; Italian restaurants; Japanese culinary scene; pizzerias; restaurateurs; Tokyo



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