Being a non-local in a city can get a little frustrating at times, especially when it comes to restaurant selections. Many places can be hit and miss so if I’m spending a few days somewhere, I prefer to not miss. For the dozen-or-so times I’ve been to Melbourne, not once have I eaten any pizza. A habit I wanted to break on this visit.
Much time reading and sifting through restaurant guides, blogs and forums reveals a handful of potentials in the inner city, so without harrassing locals on the streets with questions on where to get good authentic pizza, the web was my easiest option.
Lygon Street was my obvious choice but it appears much of the locals leave that area for the tourists. Not too far from Lygon Street is a place that kept popping up – D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, with its mostly positive reviews and authentic-looking pizza.
D.O.C. – Denominazione D’Origine Controllata
” a phrase used by various agricultural government bodies that set and oversee the standards of some Italian foods, mainly cheese and wine ”
An early arrival proved to be a wise decision as the restaurant was heaving inside and out, and after a brief wait we were sitting outside sipping wine and deciding what to eat. I’m loving the concept of the mozzarella menu. Your choice of local Fior di Latte or Italian buffalo mozzarella paired up with coppa or Italian prosciutto or anchovies and fennel or fresh tomato and pesto, plus a few other accompaniments. All sounds good but we all headed straight for the pizza, our initial intention.
The capricciosa nuova (18.5) comes topped with tomato, mozzarella, leg ham, artichoke, mushroom and olives. The base is perfect and the toppings generous but not overdone. Very tasty.
The porcini (22.5) pizza promises truffle oil but I didn’t catch any of its flavour. It would have gone nicely with the porcini and regular mushrooms, mozzarella and pecorino. Overal it was quite bland and needed seasoning but before I could get up for the salt I was thrown several discarded black olives from Mr K’s pizza. Nice one, just what it needed.
The soppressa (18.5) is a beautifully rustic pizza of tomato, mozzarella, salami, provolone, homemade pesto and olives. Simple and delicioco!