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D.o.c. Carlton

Continuing the Italian theme, I visited DOC in Carlton.  There are 3 restaurants that belong to this ‘chain’, and today it was the Pizza and Mozzarella Bar.  The traffic was bad, and thought it would be a wise to stop for a break.  It was a long day, and the eyes started to weigh me down a little.  I looked in the guide-book, and Pizza it was.  I think I am hooked on Italian beer at the moment, as this was the main reason why I chose DOC.  It smelt of Italy !!

I ordered an Italian Beer, and a pizza, Pizza ai porcini, Wild mushroom, truffle oil, mozzarella in bianco with grated d.o.p. pecorino.  I have come across the term D.O.P and D.O.C.  however, there is s link, which explains the different terms for Italian foods.  Basically it is like a Certificate of Origin for different types of cheeses, meats and other bits.

Pizza ai porcini - 'bella..'


This was nice.  Very traditional, and I enjoyed this more than the Tazio, though I am a bit of a mushroom fan, and therefore maybe made more to my liking.  I still missed the tomato base, which for me adds to the pizza, though I guess this is because that is all we are used to.  Even without the tomato base, it was a good pizza, and I think the truffle oil added some nice flavour to it overall.

I would recommend DOC for a good pizza.  Traditional, crisp base, and good quality ingredients..


Tazio, Flinders lane

I was walking around, looking for a place to eat.  I was getting hungry, and walked past a few places.  Economy is the key.  Cannot be spending too many dollars every time we go out.  So value is important.

I walked into Tazio, I do not remember seeing this restaurant here before, and, with limited signage, made it hard to spot out.  I don’t often visit this part of town.  Tazio’s is located on Flinders Lane, at the top end, near the corner of Exhibition St.  Some nice restaurants in the area too.

I was on my own, and all they could offer me was a ‘bar’ table.  It really wasn’t a bar table as such, it was a communal table, which actually was a good spot for someone on their own.  The waiter was very accommodating too, and the service was pretty good.

I ordered a beer (italian of course), it was a Forst Beer.  It was a lager, and was extremely refreshing in the weather that we were having.  I enjoyable indeed.  After walking out , I thought it would be a great place to come back simply for a drink, and a chat with some friends.  Good choice of italian beers…mmm, wish I could have another now.

The pizza was a Flavio, it had fior d latte, blue cheese and kipfler potato’s.  Fior di latte is basically a mozzarella made from cow’s milk as opposed to buffalo milk.  The pizza was pretty good, flavoursome, though, it really didn’t do it for me.  It tasted very traditional, thin base, not a heavy amount of topping, though I think a am a fan of tomato on pizza, for which this did not have any.

Overall was a good nite out, nice service, friendly staff, and a reasonable bill at the end ($24.00 for me in the end).  I would recommend this place, good atmosphere, good selection of beers, nice pizza, what more is there to say.