Photos by Shoji Kudaka
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Yomitan Village pizzeria pairs American-style slices and Okinawa ocean views

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

While eating pizza may not require a special location to enjoy it, at Ocean’s Pizza in Yomitan Village the ocean views add something special to the dining experience.

Find the pizzeria at “Gala Aoi Umi”, a facility with many shops and restaurants near Murasaki Mura. It sits along the village’s coastline, which is known for its beautiful ocean views and long stretches of sea cliffs.

According to its website, the restaurant’s concept is “a delicious and delightful American dining experience.” This goes both for their food and atmosphere.

The specialty pizza menu includes “Hawaiian”, “Hamburger”, “BLT”, “American” pies and more. Customers can choose between “Krispy,” the restaurant’s name for a thin, crispy crust, or “New York,” which is a much doughier, softer base.  Diners can choose from 12 pizzas on the a la carte menu or go for the popular All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza (1,150 yen) buffet, which includes pasta, salad and drinks.

On my visit to the buffet, the lineup of pizzas included a couple of sweet dessert pizzas, one featuring marshmallows and caramel sauce, while the other was topped with chopped fruits and corn flakes.

Visiting the pizzeria after an adrenaline-pumping go-kart ride, I found it hard to stop enjoying the pizza. I especially liked the dessert pizza with the combination of baked marshmallows and caramel on a crispy crust as its subtle sweetness hit the spot. 
To match the setting, the restaurant’s all-wood interior, its roomy dining area and soft lighting enhances the casual beachy vibe. Ask to sit on the terrace for a front-row seat to the ocean vistas while you enjoy a slice, or two.

At Ocean’s Pizza, the warm homemade pizza paired with the stunning ocean view make for an inexpensive way to enjoy a nice lunch or special sunset dinner. Next time, I’ll share the joy of American-style pizza and the Okinawan ocean views with my family.

Ocean’s Pizza
GPS COORDINATES: N 26.409060, E 127.716107
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
* Open every day
All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza: 1,150 yen for adult, 1,000 yen for ages between 11 and 12, 900 yen for 9 and 10, 700 yen for 7 and 8, 500 yen for 4 and 6.
Website: http://www.gala-aoiumi.com/en/oceans-pizza/

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