360 Gradi is a new Italian cafe along Magill Road. It’s not the easiest place to find unless you’re specifically looking for the address, but Nick, the owner, assures me that proper signage is going up.
360 Gradi, translated to English, is 360 degrees. It has several meanings. It is the base temperature of a traditional pizza oven and it also represents the round shape of the pizza. At this place, the pizza dough is home made using the best flours imported from Italy. It is then allowed to rest for a minimum of 24 hours which produces a light and flavoursome dough.
The pizza oven, also imported from Italy, is gas, and is a prominent feature inside the cafe. All the pizzas here are one size which is roughly 15 inches in diameter. This is equivalent to a family sized pizza.
At 360 Gradi, there is an emphasis on simplicity and freshness. This is reflected in both their pizza and pasta dishes as you’ll only see a handful of ingredients used. Both the pizza and pasta are home made using imported flour, and the ingredients used are fresh or of a premium quality. The decor here is fairly basic, but it’s still clean and well presented.
For starters, we had the Bread Sticks that were to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Bread Sticks were fresh out of the oven. The exterior was firm and crisp, while the inside was light and airy. This was a bit of a sneak peak at what their pizzas were going to be like.
The Garlic Bread was amazing. Not your traditional buttery version, but garlic infused into a pizza base.
The Pappardelle Al Ragu was one of the best I’ve had. The pasta was perfectly cooked and you could really tell the difference between packaged pasta and fresh pasta. The tomato based sauce was well seasoned and had a rich thick consistency. This dish had plenty of depth and was well executed.
The Quattro Stagione (artichoke, salami, mushroom, ham) pizza is equivalent to your four seasons pizza. We didn’t expect all the ingredients to be separated but it worked out well because you could truly appreciate the individual ingredients. The pizza base was super thin and of a consistent thickness throughout. To some degree it was almost like eating the toppings by themselves. Normally, I’ m not a fan of super thin pizzas, but considering it’s size, it was sufficient to make you full.
There are 3 dessert options at this place with their signature dessert being the Nutella Calzone. We were too full for a 15 inch dessert calzone so my friend opted for the Panna Cotta, while I had the Chocolate Mousse. My friend said the Panna Cotta was good. It was soft and delicate, and worked well with the chocolate sauce.
I had the Chocolate Mousse. Perhaps a little too much cream on the top, but the mousse itself was pretty good. It had a deep rich flavour and yet wonderfully fluffy and light. The fact that the mousse easily melted inside my mouth indicated it was well made.
The staff were really friendly and welcoming, and it was really nice of Nick the owner to give me a run down of his business. The service was exceptional, with drinks being served promptly, all meals arriving at the same time and then having the plates cleared as we finished. The atmosphere was relaxed, even with all the traffic along Magill Road. The pricing is fairly reasonable considering the size of the pizzas. I’ve been to a similar store that charges $30 for 15 inch pizzas with a super thin base, so considering the pizzas here are between $20-$25, it’s not too bad.
Both my friend and I left here completely satisfied. The food here brought back memories of my time in Italy and I’m now grateful that I don’t have to travel too far to relive those experiences. Definitely worth a visit!
WHERE: 324 Magill Rd, Kensington Park