ピザトーストとコーヒー


A short documentary / vignette of making pizza toast at a classic Japanese "kissa" old-style cafe.

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Summary

Pizza Toast & Coffee (2021) is a short documentary about kissaten — Showa-era (1926-1989) Japanese cafe — culture. Būgen is a small kissa in a suburb south of Tokyo. It was featured in the book Kissa by Kissa. Proprietor Yamane-san has survived four bouts of cancer and has run his cafe for close to forty-five years. He makes a mean pizza toast with a unique cutting style. Pizza toast is a staple of kissa culinary culture.

From Kissa by Kissa:

Standard-issue pizza toast is constructed atop slices of white bread about an inch and a half thick. Yamane innovates in the following ways: ****The crust on two of the long sides of the bread is cut eighty percent off — not entirely, but mostly. The bread is then scored into long thirds on one side, and then flipped and further scored into perpendicular shallow thirds. Flipped once more, the bread, thusly prepped, is topped with a light, sweet tomato sauce, mozzarella, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and thin-sliced salami.

From a customer experience perspective, a gentle tug on any of the strips of toast produces a square, bite-sized nugget of pizza-like delight. And the crust? “I’ve found some customers don’t like to eat the crust,” said Yamane, “So I made it easy to pull off. But for those customers that do like crust, cutting it allows it to catch some extra char.”


『ピザトーストとコーヒー』は、古き良き昭和の雰囲気を持つ喫茶店カルチャーについての短編ドキュメンタリーです。「ぶーげん」は鎌倉市大船の商店街に佇む小さな喫茶店で、写真とエッセイによる一冊『Kissa by Kissa』にも取り上げられています。オーナーの山根さんは四度のがんに打ち勝ちながら45年近くもこの喫茶店を経営しています。彼が作るのは独特なカットが施された絶品ピザトースト。ピザトーストは、喫茶店カルチャーにおいて定番の料理です。