Updated: November 07, 2018
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5 Italian Restaurants In Sapporo: Prize-Winners And Hidden Gems


Seafood cuisine is naturally what comes to mind when one thinks of Sapporo. But a lesser-known fact is that the city also boasts some really exceptional Italian cuisine! These 5 restaurants use fresh seafood, meat and produce from Hokkaido to make some Italian dishes that don't disappoint!

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Ristorante Canofilo

This is an outstanding restaurant for Italian cuisine with a Japanese touch. In a luxurious and quiet atmosphere, you can enjoy delicate Italian pasta dishes that are created from seasonal ingredients found primarily in Hokkaido. Try for instance a fragrant pasta dish with plenty of truffles, or with Hokkaido's famous sea urchin as a topping. They have omakase courses (chef's selection) and they can adapt the food to your dietary restrictions.
For dessert, you can have this beautiful and creative assortment of chocolates that include flavours of tomato, sesame, matcha, etc.

The restaurant is located at a 7-minute walk from the Susukino Station.


Terzina's concept is to serve top quality Italian cuisine made from the seafood, meat and vegetables of Hokkaido. Simple and delicious, this is a top-tier Italian restaurant in the city. Their pasta dishes are as popular as their pizzas. For the quality you get served, the price is quite reasonable. Pasta's and pizzas range in price from about ¥1,500 to ¥2,000. The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere, ideal for spending some pleasant time in good company.

Φ (Fai)

The first thought that comes to one's mind when you get to Fai is how tasteful the interior and exterior of this secluded wine bar/Italian restaurant is! It has a dim lighting and a decor that is a beautiful mix of rustic and sleek. You can have some exquisite Italian dishes that include plenty of seafood, vegetables, and vegetarian options. The place is also a wine bar so you get an amazing selection of wines and you can even have sommelier recommendations. Expect to pay over ¥5,000.
The entrance to the restaurant is not exactly easy to find! Be on the lookout for the "Φ" sign.


This restaurant has a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand distinction, which means it serves "exceptionally good food at moderate prices". They have both classic standard everyone loves such as pizzas, and also original delicacies such as the fish terrine pictured above that you should definitely try since it's one of the resto's signature dishes! Expect to pay around ¥2,000 for lunch and ¥4,000 for dinner.
Located near the Nishi Hatchome Station.


This is another great place where you can have outstanding dishes that combine the essence of Italian cuisine with some Japanese adaptations. The Taglierini pasta dish above uses, for instance, Hokkaido deer meat. What you will find on the menu changes with the season, but you can be sure though that everything is pretty reliably good. Also, this is a wine bar as much as it is a restaurant so why not have some nice wine too while you are there?
Located near the Tanukijoji Station.

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