Menu cover, Autumn 2011- D.O.C. Pizza, Carlton
A marvellously trendy Italian pizza bar where else, but in Carlton, the heart of Little Italy in Melbourne. Staffed by friendly Italian-accented waitstaff, you could be forgiven that you were in Italy, and yet, everything felt authentic, rather than "That's Amore" cheesy.
Being a mozzarella bar, we couldn't go past trying the D.O.P. Italian Buffalo Mozzarella. At AUD14, it's imported in little frozen tubs. Tasting creamy and soft with a oozy centre, I kinda wondered if it should be firmer in the middle, until I chanced upon Australian Buffalo Mozzarella the next day at La Manna, which had very similar textures. While the buffalo mozzarella was deliciously milky, I kinda wondered if it could be better if it was fresh, rather than frozen.
As soon as our Pizza Abruzzese got close, I could smell the the musty pork flavours of the porchetta. Unbelievable fragrant slices of pork with little dollops of mustard fruits from Mantova (Mantua) giving the occasional burst of sweetness that perfectly offset the pork from this pizza bianca, yes, white, no tomato sauce to better show off the pork. Not sure if the radicchio leaves were really necessary though.
We also ordered a tomato-based pizza to compare, and sure enough the sweet tomato was good. Topped with thin slices of hot cacciatore salame that were fiery and full-flavoured with pork, and the occasional salty punch of the dollops of induja sausage. Perhaps a little on the salty side, with the roasted peppers not really pulling their weight.
Even though the fabulously thin crust pizzas with crisp yet chewy enough for a good bite, we couldn't finish 2 pizzas and a ball of mozzarella among us. Well, we probably could, but we were equally happy to be able to take the leftovers away to savour them again the next day!
D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar
295 Drummond St, Carlton South VIC 3053
(03) 9347 2998
- DOC Pizza and Mozarella - Mietta's Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 13/20