Sushi Pizza: A More Perfect Union

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By some miracle of fate I found it. I was sitting in a little Japanese restaurant on the Upper West Side called Kitaro, when I noticed what I first assumed was a typo on the menu. However, upon further investigation, I discovered that by a stroke of genius, two super powers had joined together to form an almighty concoction: sushi pizza.

When the meal arrived, I found a thin layer of bread topped with spicy tuna, avocado, and a variety of sauces, sliced evenly in a circle to resemble a pizza. This creative masterpiece sparked my curiosity. Sushi pizza is rumored to have been invented by a chef at a Japanese restaurant called Atami Sushi, in Montreal, Quebec in 1992. It is now very popular in Montreal and Toronto, and has very recently traveled to major cities in the Northeastern United States.

There are many ways to make the dish, but most of them involve a thin layer of bread or a slightly crispy, yet chewy, fried rice patty as the base. It is often topped with a layer of sliced tuna or salmon, avocado, crab meat, a drizzle of blended mayonnaise, and wasabi powder. It is always served in wedges made to resemble an actual pizza. This mouthwatering dish is not only delicious, but also low calorie. Depending on the way it is made, there are roughly 290 calories in an entire 6 slice pizza.

While the dish is still hard to find, it is offered at Kitaro located on Amsterdam Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets, Planet Sushi located on Amsterdam Avenue and 78th Street, and at Tsuki located on 1st Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets.

New York is one of the few cities in the U.S. offering sushi pizza. It is one of the most inventive and delicious meals I’ve had in quite awhile. By all means, go and try some so that the trend will continue to spread. You won’t regret it.

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