I mentioned that the queue at Mamasita is one of the worst in Melbourne, but yet the wait that night was not even a quarter of the wait at D.O.C Pizza and Mozzarella Bar in Carlton. There’s a good reason for that. We went to D.O.C. on a busy Friday night at 7pm without a booking. Yes, we went to a popular pizza restaurant on the busiest night of the week with a group of 8 with no booking. Now how’s that for silly. Anyway, we waited outside for over an hour before we were finally seated, and then waited another half an hour before the food came out.
The only thing that kept us entertained was the small window next to the door where we could see a young chef making salads and entrees. I was also personally interested in the meats and cheeses in the glass counter just inside the restaurant.
We ordered 7 pizzas between us as recommended by the waiter and it was the perfect amount, with everything finished clean and stomaches full and content. The first pizza to arrive was the Napoletana (below right – $18.90) with San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, anchovy & olive. Not by any means bad, it wasn’t my favourite out of all the others as it was a tiny bit salty from the anchovies and was what I thought a bit one dimensional.
The other pizza that I didn’t enjoy as much was the San Daniele with San Marzano tomato, D.O.P buffalo mozzarella, D.O.P San Daniele Prosciutto (below left – $22.90). Individually, the ingredients were quite nice as D.O.C is famous for their mozzarella cheese and good prosciutto, but my personal preference is having many layers of flavours. People who like simple pizzas with less toppings, you may like this one.
The Salsiccia ($20.50) with Leo’s sausage (I’m guessing its the brand of the sausage), cream of broccoli and mozzarella was a lovely creamy pizza with a good amount of veggie hit, not a common occurrence on pizzas. It was a thick layer of topping that created a perfect harmony of flavours to which we all enjoyed immensely.
My equal favourite of the night was the Porcini ($22.90) and we ordered 2 of these. It consisted of wild mushrooms, truffle oil, mozzarella in blanco with grated D.O.P pecorino. How can I NOT like a pizza with mushrooms and truffle oil? I would have been happy with just truffle oil on top and nothing else. Truffles are just the most fragrant and delicious ingredients out there, not to mention one of the most expensive.
I said equal favourite for the Porcini but really I think I may have liked the special order the most. We wanted to order 2 specials, one was zucchini flower pizza and the other a homemade sausage and fennel. We were told they were not available and so ordered 2 specially made pizzas instead. It had mozzarella, figs and prosciutto. I couldn’t believe just how lovely the sweetness of the figs were with the buffalo mozzarella. I made sure I had a few pieces of this pizza.
I was a glutton that night, an absolute glutton. We all shared 7 pizzas, but Yuye and I also ordered a D.O.C antipasto platter just for the 2 of us. I just couldn’t help myself after 1 whole hour of gawking at the platters going out from behind that counter.
I was in L.O.V.E with the huge buffalo mozzarella and the baked fig. They have officially become my two favourite foods now.
The remaining ingredients on the platter such as the cured meats, olives and pickled artichoke was nice, but not as spectacular as the mozzarella and fig.
Although we had to wait for a LONG time for our meal, we still enjoyed it in the end. The main take away from that experience is never go to a popular restaurant on Friday night again without making a booking, and that buffalo mozzarella and figs are the best.
I can see why D.O.C is so high on Urbanspoon’s popular restaurants chart and why so many people are raving about this place. It’s because of their near perfect pizza bases, aromatic tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and other beautiful flavour combinations that make the dining experience so unforgettable (and the long wait was quite unforgettable too).
Question time: What is your favourite pizza topping? Are you willing to wait an hour for a good meal?
D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar
Phone: (03) 9347 2998
295 Drummond St Carlton VIC 3053