An inherited pizza oven + ramen expertise = new food to try

Tonari delivers pasta and pizza as only the Japanese can

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Location: DC-Washington, D.C.

Story Date: 3/6/2020

Publisher: Washington Post   

Author: Tom Sietsema

The reason you’re eating Japanese-inflected Italian food from the trio behind some of Washington’s most popular ramen stops boils down to a design feature they inherited from the Chinatown restaurant that preceded their new Tonari. The oven made them do it — specifically the beautiful domed pizza cooker left behind by Graffiato. “We couldn’t think of taking it down,” says chef Katsuya Fukushima.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: New Places