One of my most memorable meals in Melbourne was the pizza at D.O.C. Pizza where we celebrated Sam’s birthday. It was a double celebration since I also celebrated my love for pizza.
Celebrating a young Chinese lady’s birthday in a pizza place is not traditional but I thank God for her progressive mother who puts good food ahead of tradition.
Here’s pretty Samantha putting up with all her mom’s friends.
D.O.C. is a phrase used by various agricultural government bodies that set and oversee the standards of some Italian foods, most significantly cheese and wine.
While all the mozzarellas were delicious my favorite was the Australian Scamorza (middle) which was smoked and had a saltier flavor.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an all rocket or arugula salad in Manila. It’s usually mixed with less bitter salad greens for a balanced taste. Needless to say I didn’t eat too much of this salad. I like rocket mixed with other food and not on it’s own.
We ordered some ‘bread’ to eat with the mozzarella and this plain pizza crust arrived. I can’t believe how good their pizza crust was and it only had some olive oil and sea salt on it. It was thin, crisp and I couldn’t wait for the actual pizzas to come out
For me a simple Margherita pizza is a good test of a restaurant’s pizza. San Marzano tomatoes, D.O.P. buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil was a nice introduction for the more complex pizzas we ordered. The crust was still crispy since there was just enough tomatoes to cover the base.
I must say I favor pizzas without tomato sauce even more after trying these three pizzas. With the toppings placed after the pizza and mozzarella has baked you can taste the fresh ingredients while the crust remained hot and super crisp. I guess this works with prosciutto topping only.
Most of my friends raved over the fragrant mushroom and truffle oil pizza. Just take a look at the blistered crust. Only a really high temperature oven can do that.
My favorite was the combination of smoked prosciutto and mushroom with fontina cheese. It’s the best of both previous pizzas.
You can see how thin and crisp the crust was. This was definitely one of best pizza crust I’ve ever eaten.
We ate the pizzas family style for more variety.
Lovers of Nutella will go crazy over this.
I normally don’t eat anything with white chocolate but I couldn’t resist this awesome dessert. Their fantastic pizza crust was really versatile. Whether eaten plain or topped with fruit and ice cream the crust was a winner!
I highly recommend anyone going to Melbourne to eat at least once at D.O.C. Pizza. After your meal go to D.O.C. Espresso for excellent coffee.
D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar
295 Drummond St. Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
telephone: 9347 2998