Upstairs Fort Kochi

Delicious Italian food, soulful live guitar and majestic views of Santa Cruz Basilica all come together at Upstairs, a restaurant serving authentic Italian food in the bustling lanes of Fort Kochi.

Started by Fabio Battistetti in 2008, Upstairs serves dishes from Milan and Northern Italy so brace-up to find terms such as ‘Guazzetto’, ‘Schiaciatta’, ‘Involtini’, ‘Affogato’ย etc. etc. in the menu โ€“ so do not hesitate to ask what they mean while ordering and they happily oblige ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a brief guide to the Italian meal structure in order to come-to terms with the menu ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Aperitif โ€“ drinks typically alcoholic such as vermouth, champagne, gin etc served before a meal
  • Antipasto (Plural: Antipasti) โ€“ The Appetizer or before the meal
  • Insalate โ€“ Salads/Greens are referred as ‘Insalate’ (Typically they are a sub-set of the Antipasti menu)
  • Primo โ€“ known as the โ€˜first courseโ€™ includes food such as pastas, pizzas, risotto, gnocchi (thick soft dough dumplings)
  • Secondi โ€“ the โ€˜second courseโ€™ aka โ€˜main courseโ€™ aka โ€˜meat courseโ€™ of the meal usually fish or meat (mutton, beef, chicken)
  • Dolce โ€“ translates to โ€˜sweetโ€™ or โ€˜Dessert courseโ€™ of the meal
  • Digestif – consumed at the end of the meal to aid digestion such asย smooth whiskies like bourbon, port, sherry etc and liqueur

We were full so couldnโ€™t cover the entire range of dishes and went with the usual suspects (pizzas & pastas).

Onion, Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza:

Its very hard to go wrong with a 3-topping thin-crust pizza which is laced with cheese and tomato-based sauce โ€“ simply delicious!!

Onion Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza at Upstairs Fort Kochi

Onion Bell Pepper and Mushroom Pizza

Tomato and Fresh Basil Spaghetti:

Simple flavors come together to create magic โ€“ one of the most delicious veg pastas I have tasted!!

Tomato and Basil Pasta at Upstairs Fort Kochi

Tomato and Basil Pasta – Delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

Useful Information:

  • Timings: 11 am to 10:30 pm (All days of the week)
  • No alcohol
  • Cash only, cards seldom work in most cafes atย Fort Kochi
  • Live Music in the evenings only
  • Ask for the Dayโ€™s Special (its usually not on the menu)
  • Pricey place , but absolutely worth the taste
  • Location (Google maps link) – ย Upstairs Fort Kochi

4 thoughts on “Upstairs Fort Kochi

  1. Nice post. That last dish looks insane! And don’t forget your post-dinner digestif for when you’re going all out!


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