Italian Food Week 2021 | To eat


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

With the theme of ‘food sustainability’, this year many webinars and online roundtables will examine how sustainable kitchens, zero waste cooking and the Mediterranean diet can help protect the environment and maintain healthy lifestyles. .

Now in its sixth year, Italian Cuisine 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 Italian restaurants in Japan was also announced. Divided into four sections: breakfast, appetizer, restaurants and pizzerias, the digital catalog provides information on the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine and culture in Japan.

If you’d like to participate in a tasting, learn a new dish, or attend a webinar or panel discussion, we’ve listed some of our favorite events below. The complete program and the digital restaurant 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 and no 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 Frienze market in Italy. Free online event via this link

November 25 – “Lifestyles for the prosperity of man and the planet: links between the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawan diet”
Online and free via
this link.

Offline events and tastings

November 27 – “Panettone tasting”
Try six kinds 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 via this link.

24 – 25 November – “Exhibition of Italian cuisine”
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 – “La 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 intertwined with the history of Italy. The event will be held in Japanese with simultaneous interpretation in Italian. Free entry, registration essential via this link.


November 22 – 28 “Online cooking workshop with Davide Fabiano”
Chef Davide Fabiano will show how to prepare handmade spaghetti with lamb sauce, a classic dish from Abruzzo, 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 and event offers

From 22 November to 5 December, 30 restaurants will 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, check out the full restaurant list via this link.


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