We visited Il Pappalardo twice whilst in Kyoto and we highly recommend it. We had been disappointed by the Italian restaurant in the nearby Hyatt but Il Pappalardo delivered better quality food, friendlier staff and more value for money. We spoke a tiny amount of Japanese and the staff really appreciated that we were trying to learn some of their language, but if you don't speak Japanese don't worry, they have an English menu too. I recommend any of the pizza or pasta dishes. We also had a steak dish from the special menu which was amazing.
What an excellent small restaurant. We were staying at the Hyatt and didn't want to eat in the hotel so this sounded ideal and just 5 minutes walk away. Charming attentive service by the good looking trim young men! I had the grilled seasonal vegetables and my husband the tripe, each to their own! Main courses were a really tender fillet steak and I had the fish with mussels and clams in a delicious broth. Really interesting meal and good value.
From the moment we walked in, the staff was attentive and friendly. Reservations were made in advance. English menu available. Wood fire pizza oven and cozy ambiance. We enjoyed the wood fire pizza, bread, and many desserts! The pizza chef made a special treat just for our 4 year old son. We were very impressed with the restaurant and was a favorite of our trip.
Not cheap, but very tasty. My girls needed a break from Japanese cuisine before continuing on and this satisfied them.
Pizza Margherita ¥1200 (lunch time price