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The Italian pit stop before leaving Cochin – 360 Degrees

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Italian food is all about ingredients and it’s not fussy and it’s not fancy.
~Wolfgang Puck

We had two hours to kill before I caught my return flight to Dubai. A couple of weeks ago, I was in Cochin for two days to witness a really dear friend of mine walk down the aisle (and boy was she a gorgeous bride!).
It’s funny how 48 hours whizzed by until my friend Mary and I were left wondering, “Well now that the wedding is over, what next?”
Our conversation lead us to a point where we had to choose between dodging the traffic while exploring Fort Cochin in a hurry and relishing a good meal with the time we had left – oh decisions, decisions!

It didn’t take us too long to realize that enjoying each others company over brunch was the better route to tread on. Besides, it’s less stressful too as the traffic in Cochin tends to get a tad unpredictable.

Thanks to Mary, I was introduced to this swank restaurant called 360 degrees Pizzeria in Panampilly Nagar, which is an extension of Cocoa Tree Cafe, with an Italian theme.
The delightfully retro ambiance has a way of beckoning you towards it. Every corner of this place has a story to share – especially the special tinted window.

360 Pizzeria Cochin - Interiors

360 Pizzeria Cochin – Interiors

Time unfortunately, wasn’t on our side. Before we knew it we had barely an hour left and everything was beginning to seem rushed. After settling down with a steaming cuppa, we patiently waited for the food to greet us and thankfully, it didn’t take too long. The waiters knew how to pan out the orders and were rather friendly too.

Watching the pizzaiolo in action

Watching the pizzaiolo in action

It was rather entertaining to watch the pizzaiolo in action as he carefully (and skilfully) put together the El Dorado pizza. This artisan base layered with Spanish chilies, chicken fajita, jalapenos (hungry yet?), mushroom and peppers was later popped into the brick oven – yes, a brick oven.
360 degrees Pizzeria passionately treads on the traditional path to cooking and they have every reason to be proud of that. You could tell that the ingredients were fresh as well.

The El Dorado Pizza

The El Dorado Pizza

This pizza went well with the balsamic chicken skewers that was drizzled with honey and tossed with ginger and sesame – delectable.

Balsamic Chicken Skewers

Balsamic Chicken Skewers

As simple as garlic bread may be if the consistency isn’t right then it’s easy to be disappointed by them. Our platter wasn’t heavily coated in cheese and it had a good crunch factor to go along with it.

Crunch Garlic Bread

Crunchy Garlic Bread

It’s a wonder how time quickly flew by. The captivating look and feel of the interiors makes you want to stay longer.

360 Degrees Pizzeria - Chic Interiors

360 Degrees Pizzeria – Chic Interiors

I was left thoroughly impressed and I’m glad to see home grown concepts leaving an impact such as 360 Degrees Pizzeria. Take it from a food safety consultant – they do not take food safety lightly.

The verdict:

Ambiance and decor: Excellent
Service: Excellent
Menu presentation and design: Excellent
Food: Excellent
Value for money: Excellent
Overall dining experience: Excellent

Comestible regards,
Judy Sebastian

2 Comments

  1. Nasser Elshafei

    October 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Please add family rating measures to know if we can take our kids too

    • Food She Blogged

      October 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Hello Nasser. 360 Degrees Pizzeria is definitely family friendly. Children can watch their pizzas being made traditionally using the brick oven. They’ll love the ambiance too!

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