DOC Pizza and Mozzarella Bar
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The first Sydney outpost of one of Melbourne's most trusted purveyors of authentic Italian cuisine
Melburnian pizza lovers worth their salt will be well acquainted with top-flight pizzeria and mozzarella bar chain DOC. With three outlets currently operating in Melbourne, including its flagship store and deli nestled in the heart of the city's Italian food district on Lygon Street in Cartlon, DOC has become a go-to for authentic Italian cuisine, heroing high-quality produce, superb antipasti, and a fast, no-fuss yet sophisticated vibe. Now, Sydney’s pizza seekers can also join the DOC fan club, as its first store in NSW has opened for business in Surry Hills.
The move is something Michael Constanzo, co-founder of DOC, has worked hard to get right. Rather than setting up shop in any old premises, he’s taken three years to find the restaurant's first Sydney home, in a new commercial development on Campbell Street. To ensure Sydney punters experience the same level of quality as the Melbourne outfits, DOC has imported its most senior restaurant manager along with its top pizzaiolo to oversee the new Sydney team as they learn the ropes.
Alongside its pizza offering, DOC will also be serving pasta dishes, including its hugely popular veal and pork lasagne (which also comes in a vegetarian version). And what mozzarella bar would be complete without a plentiful supply of the dreamy, creamy cheese, imported from hand-selected dairies in Italy? On its wine list – an impressive selection that champions both Italian and Australian vintages – you’ll find DOC’s signature Prosecco; an exclusive import produced by third-generation winery Cester Camillo, based in Italy's Veneto region.
There's no booking at DOC, so diners have to take their chances by simply rocking up. It's worth the roll of the dice, though: if the speedy service style of its Melbourne restaurants is any indication, trade should be brisk, allowing plenty of seatings without too long a wait.