Italian cuisine

Italian Food Week 2021 | To eat

Italian Food Week 2021 will be held across Japan from November 22 to 28, with over 40 events celebrating the rich variety and history of Italian cuisine. In addition to tastings offered by participating restaurants, cooking workshops will also take place across the country and online, with authentic Italian recipes to try at home.

Under the theme of “food sustainability”, this year will see numerous online webinars and panel discussions that will examine how sustainable kitchens, zero waste cooking and the Mediterranean diet can help protect the environment and maintain lifestyles. healthy.

Now in its sixth year, Italian Food Week is the most popular of the many cultural events organized each year by the Italian Embassy in Japan and, for the 2021 edition, a online catalog of Italian restaurants in Japan was also announced. Divided into four sections: breakfast, aperitif, restaurants and pizzerias, the digital catalog provides information on the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine and culture in Japan.

If you want to take part in a tasting, discover a new dish or participate in a webinar or panel discussion, we have listed some of our favorite events below. The complete program and the restaurant’s digital catalog can be downloaded here.

Online webinars

November 22 – “Sustainability and Traditional Italian Cuisine”
Starting from a sustainable kitchen, this discussion will explore the key factors of food sustainability: no waste or loss, urban agriculture and sustainable fishing. Free Chat Hosted on Zoom via this link.

November 22 – “Balsamic vinegar in the history of Italian art”
Free registration Zoom Webinar

November 25 – “ENIT Italy Food and Travel”
YouTube live from the central market of Frienze in Italy. Free online event via this link

November 25 – “Lifestyles for Human and Planetary Prosperity: Links Between the Mediterranean Diet and the Okinawa Diet”
Online and free via
this link.

Offline events and tastings

November 27 – “Panettone tasting”
Try six different types of panettone at Osteria dello Scudo in Shinjuku. Register in advance via this link.

December 3 – “ICCJ Gala Dinner and Concert”
With an authentic Italian dinner and a lottery with special prizes. Tickets available through this link.

November 24 – 25 – “Italian Food Fair”
Includes introductions to Italian cuisine, a cooking demonstration, and a wine-tasting seminar at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center in Minato-ku. Mandatory reservation.

November 25 – “Grappa, an Italian story”
At the Italian Cultural Institute in Chiyoda-ku, Hayashi Shigeru, an expert sommelier in Italian wines, will talk about grappa and how its history is linked to the history of Italy. The event will be held in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation into Italian. Admission free, registration essential via this link.


November 22 – 28 “Online cooking workshop with Davide Fabiano”
Chef Davide Fabiano will demonstrate how to prepare homemade spaghetti with lamb sauce, a classic dish from Abruzzo in central Italy. Online and free via this link.


From November 22, sustainable Italian recipes from Italian and Japanese chefs will be available for free via this link

Restaurant offers and events

From November 22 to December 5, 30 restaurants organize tastings and offer special dishes. See the full list of restaurants via this link.

December 22 – December 31 – “Prosecco DOC Restaurant Campaign”

200 restaurants across Japan will sell 20 brands of Prosecco DOC, see the full list of restaurants via this link.