Hi, Yuto (@sudachi.recipe) again.
Quick question for people who either have been to Japan or lived in Japan, “Have you ever been to Saizeriya?”
Saizeriya is a famous Italian-Japanese family restaurant found all over Japan.
It’s known for cheap yet delicious Italian-ish dishes and wines.
I grew up going to the diner very often and still go there sometimes, and it’s safe to say “The Doria” is the most iconic and loved dish in there.
What is “Doria”?
Yeah, what the hell is doria? You may ask.
Doria is a popular oven baked dish made of short grain rice, topped with white sauce, cheese and meat sauce. For almost entire my life, I believed Doria is an Italian dish but apparently it’s not!
Thanks Saizeriya for tricking me like that! But it’s Japanese style western food that was created by a Swiss chef called Saly Weil who worked at Yokohama Hotel New Grand back in 1930.
The original version was just risotto topped with bechamel sauce and baked in the oven.
What Ingredients are used in “Doria”?
This has evolved since then and the Saizeriya version has
- Turmeric rice
- Meat sauce
- Bechamel sauce
They named the dish Milano-style doria which doesn’t really make sense now because it’s not really from Milan.
Anyway, for anyone who’s missing Saizeriya dishes, the recipe is definitely for you!
Let’s enjoy home-made Saizeriya style doria at home!