Moriyama Napoli Kanazawa Pizza Crafts is a pizza factory based in Moriyama, near the quaint Higashichaya Old Town district of Kanazawa, selling authentic Napoli-style pizzas, freshly made and sold exclusively online for delivery throughout Japan.

On October 1st, 2021, they began selling a new lineup of gluten-free "SDGs pizzas" made from okara, a food by-product from tofu and soy drink production, using a dough jointly developed with Okara Technologies Corporation, a startup company funded through the initiative of famous Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie.

OKARA soy meat and salsa pizza

"SDG pizzas" made with okara instead of wheat flour

As a small step toward solving the problem of food loss in the global effort to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Moriyama Napoli has jointly developed an okara pizza with Okara Technologies Inc. It's a familiar food in Japan and other East Asian countries. However, in modern times, the demand for okara is much lower than the amount produced in the manufacture of tofu and soy milk. Because of its high water content, it deteriorates quickly and is difficult to use raw. While some of it is used as livestock feed, much of it ends up being discarded.

Moriyama Napoli has succeeded in baking pizza dough using this raw okara. They've carefully selected toppings that go well with the new "fluffy and chunky" texture of their okara dough, creating four delicious new pizzas: OKARA Truffle and Pecorino, OKARA Rainbow Cheese Pizza, OKARA Soy Meat and Salsa, and OKARA Margherita.

Health benefits of Moriyama Napoli's Okara Pizza

Okara pizza dough has numerous health advantages over regular wheat dough. Not only is it low in calories but it contains three times the amount of protein and about one-third of the carbohydrates. It's recommended for people who are on a low-carb diet, people who'd like to reduce their calorie intake, and health-conscious people in general. In addition, since okara swells up in the presence of water, it's perfect for people who want to lose weight by feeling full. In addition, it contains a lot of insoluble fiber, which promotes bowel movement and helps regulate the digestive system. Finally, okara is rich in minerals and lecithin, which improves memory.

Okara pizza lineup

Let's take a look at the four delicious offerings in more detail:

OKARA Truffle and Pecorino

Summer truffles and mushrooms are used in the sauce, and the pizza is topped with truffle shavings and plenty of Pecorino, a tangy cheese made with sheep's milk.

OKARA Rainbow Cheese Pizza

A cheese pizza for cheese lovers with a "rainbow" of 7 kinds of cheese: Ricotta, Gouda, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Gruyère, Red Cheddar, and Parmigiano.

OKARA Soy Meat & Salsa

Spicy salsa sauce and tart tomato sauce blend harmoniously, while the soybean meat makes it low in fat. It's a tasty and healthy option.

OKARA Margherita

Moriyama Napoli's most popular double cheese Margherita, but made with okara dough.


  • Product name: Okara Pizza Set (4 pizzas, 17.5cm diameter)
  • Content: OKARA Truffle and Pecorino Pizza, OKARA Rainbow Cheese Pizza, OKARA Soy Meat & Salsa, OKARA Margherita
  • On sale from: October 1st to 20th 23:59 (JST)
  • Quantity: 100 sets
  • Price: 4,860 yen (tax included)
  • Shipping: Charged separately
  • Delivery: First round scheduled to be shipped on October 25th
  • Product page

Other pizzas: Special sets of non-standard specialties

You can also order monthly sets of non-standard specialty pizzas from Moriyama Napoli. This is a great value set for home parties and it also makes a great gift. The October monthly set includes three of their staff favorites: "Home-smoked Bacon and Eringi Mushroom Pizza," "Fig and Lemon Cream Cheese," and "Overflowing Cheese Pizza."

  • Product name: 10月の月替わりセット October pizza set (3 pizzas)
  • On sale from: October 1st to 31st, 2021
  • Quantity: 200 sets
  • Price: 3,866 yen (tax included)
  • Shipping: Charged separately
  • Product page

All pizzas are delivered in Moriyama Napoli's special hexagonal delivery boxes:

For more information on Moriyama Napoli Kanazawa Pizza Crafts, visit their English website here (Please note that information on the Okara Pizzas is currently only in Japanese).

By - grape Japan editorial staff.