"Is this really Ueno?" asked my son, a 15-year-old. Indeed, little did I imagine that I could eat such a great pizza and pasta in Ueno Park. This restaurant was quite different from my image of Ueno in the old days, which was filthy, crowded, and unsophisticated.
We visited the place for lunch on April 8th. There were a few non-Japanese tourists and many Japanese guests who came to watch the cherry blossoms in the park. Since it was crowded, the menu was limited than usual, but we thought they offered us a good variety of pizzas and pastas. We ordered Bismark pizza, marinara pizza, and peperoncino spaghetti with chicken, all of which were great. I had a glass of sparkling wine and my husband whiskey with soda. My son had a fresh-squeezed orange juice and strawberry tart for dessert.
The location is easy to find; right across from the famous statue of Saigo Takamori, a big man with his dog. If you go up the stairs located on an entrance of Ueno Park, across from Keisei Ueno Station, then the restaurant is on your left, the statue being on your right. This Italian restaurant is on the first floor (the ground floor) of the two-storied building called Green Park.
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