295 Drummond St, Carlton - ph: (03) 9347 2998
Come here for: great quality ingredients; amazing cheese
Don't come here: if you are lactose intolerant
I've always been intrigued to visit D O C Pizza and Mozzarella Bar.
Think about it: pizzas basically consist of a base made of flour, water and salt and toppings. So what is the secret to a good pizza? Good quality ingredients, I'd say.
Obviously, the dough needs to be fresh, fluffy and super thin, the oven needs to be right. But no matter how much effort you put into the dough, no pizza can be great with low quality toppings.
Here is a brief definition of D. O. C., or denominazione di origine controllata, written on their menu:
I love my cheese and travel all around town to buy fresh Italian and Spanish cheeses. I also rarely miss the farmers markets selling fresh buffalo mozzarella (so hard to find in Australia for some reason...).
Have to say that none of the cheeses that I have bought here so far are as good as this one. The Italians do know a thing or two about their cheese!
We tried the calzone with cow's cheese, which was perfectly creamy, fresh and soft. No stinginess on the cheese either. Although artichokes and ham have quite a strong flavor, they did not overpower the sizable serving of cheese.
Calzone was followed by ham, tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza. Again, the cheese was amazing, even better than the cow cheese for my taste (I think somehow buffalo milk manages to taste creamier that cow milk without being as fatty).
I asked one of the waiters where they got their cheese from and he said they buy direct from the importer, who apparently doesn't sell retail. What a shame...
The food was exactly what yo see on the pictures: no frills, no gimmicks, no crazy ingredients or spices. Just plain amazingly good quality ingredients.
I also liked the restaurant's atmosphere. Staff was young, courteous and super Italian - it felt like a cool little modern cantina you would find in Milan.