We love pizza, but let’s be honest – more often than not it’s of the Dominos variety, topped with diced mystery meat and drowning in grease. Amidst the plethora of fast food restaurants churning out pizzas under $10, it can be a little difficult to find good quality, authentic pizza. Now that’s where DOC Mornington comes in. DOC Mornington is all about simple Italian food. There’s nothing particularly fancy about it, but that’s what makes DOC work so well – quality produce, and each ingredient speaks for itself.
Antipasto DOC ($24.90)We started off with some antipasto, which came out on a wooden paddle carrying shavings of prosciutto, an assortment of olives, fior di latte, mozzarella, pickled onions, artichokes, rock melon, breadsticks, and a side serving of bread. Whilst neither of us were fans of the fior di latte (for its blandness and general lack of falvour), the platter was a good start to the night – the creaminess of the cheeses was offset by the saltiness of the prosciutto and tang of the olives and onions. The rock melon was a nice palate cleanser and tied everything together perfectly.
Pizza Salsiccia ($19.90)As J was craving meat, we couldn’t go past the Salsiccia. The thin base was covered in a rich green creme di broccoli, with balls of Leo’s sausage peppered all over the top. It was creamy, cheesy and hearty in all the right places.
Pizza Salsiccia ($19.90)
Pizza DOC ($20.90)Finally, a trip to DOC wouldn’t be complete without a classic favourite – San Marzano tomatoes, creamy D.O.P buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil perched on top a fluffy base. One of the simplest of pizzas, yet oh so dangerously addictive. Each ball of mozzarella melted in the mouth, and was complemented well by the rich tomato base. We found, however, that the middle of the DOC was quite soggy; in fact, the pizza was overall quite wet. This was in comparison to the salsiccia, which thankfully did not suffer from the same problem. Despite the issue with our second pizza, our dinner at DOC Mornington was definitely worth the trip. With gorgeously fresh ingredients and beautiful bases, DOC unabashedly strips down Italian fare to simple goodness. And if you haven’t tried the buffalo mozzarella here, you really are missing out! Food: 7/10 Service: 4/5 Ambience: 4/5 TOTAL: 15/20