D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Carlton, Melbourne
We had some time to kill before our movie over at the Nova, so we headed into D.O.C. Pizza for a pizza dinner. It’s located a short corner away from the bustle of Lygon Street, making for a convenient location with seating options inside and out. Outside of pizzas, the menu has a mozzarella bar and salad items available.
We enjoyed the two pizza options we had, with an enviable crust and high quality toppings. D.O.C. Pizza makes for an ideal spot for this side of Carlton with speedy service and a cosy atmosphere to marry with the most excellent cuisine. They aim for artisan pizza, and we’d concur that’s exactly what we got.
There are a few D.O.C Pizzas about, and there’s a bit of history. It all begins in 1997 as a humble pizzeria in suburban Melbourne. They first opened their espresso bar and evolved to a modern Italian gastronome. This store in Carlton than followed, before a Mornington store and than onto Albert Park.
For our visit Ryan and I stuck to the pizza, sharing an order of the Abruzzese ($20.90) with porchetta, jujube fruit mustard and radicchio and the Speck ($22.90) which had smoked prosciutto, fontina, wild mushroom and thyme. Both items were great but we both preferred the Speck with a perfect amount of cheese and some tasty meat. The crust at D.O.C. Pizza is thin and authentic and leaves no undesirable aftertaste or heaviness.
The Aburuzzese was a bit over the top with the shredded radicchio. This took a bit away from the saltiness of the porchetta, which was excellent. Anyway, that was a problem readily solved with some ingredient removal and rearranging. Service in and out of D.O.C. Pizza was efficient making it a relaxed stroll over to check out our flick for the evening. Which was also very good.