Chris Rowthorn introduced me to this little Italian restaurant a few months ago. As he said at the time, to look at the place you would think it was a kissaten (old style Japanese coffee shop), and expect them to serve you カレーライス. Nevertheless here at Tramonto you can get some of the best pizza* in town. The last time I went with Mewby, we ordered this one:

Super succulent mushrooms on a soft, springy dough base! We also had the mixed seafood linguine:

It was tasty! And you can’t go wrong with a Caprese salad:

Or how about finishing with some home-made tiramisu?

That was REALLY good tiramisu actually. In fact the food in general was excellent, but also that kissaten type atmosphere and lack of pretension means that people feel comfortable coming here even on their own. I noticed a constant turnover of customers while I was there and looking around it seemed clear that a lot of those customers were regulars.

You can find Tramonto on the south side of Nijo just east of Teramachi. The restaurant is tucked away on the ground floor of a red brick building down a long entryway lined with bicycles. Watch out for the Italian flag and signboard. Here is a map.

Telephone: 075-256-1917
Open: 10:00~21:00 (Last orders: 20:30)
Closed on Sundays.

Many thanks to Chris Rowthorn for introducing me to this fine location!

*I still think Pizza Ya on Yanaginobanba serves THE best pizza in Kyoto – but Tramonto comes a close second and definitely wins on atmosphere.

2 responses to “Tramonto

  1. Nan and Steve

    THANK YOU SO SO much for writing about Tramonto. Well into our 2nd week travelling Japan were DESPERATE for some good Italian food and this place (found on your site) was over the top FANTASTIC. We had Caprese, Pizza, seafood pasta, tiramisu, and wine and coffee… the last pasta we had that tasted that good was in Tuscany…

  2. Michael Lambe

    Wow! High praise indeed! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. You have made me want to go back!

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