What better backdrop than the Mornington Peninsula. DOC has firmly entrenched itself in Morningtons soil. This is Italy without a passport, offering up to 10 different types of pecorino, 5 times of types of Parmigano, 50 legs of Prosciutto and an army of Italian waiters, you could swear you ended up on the gastronomic coast of Italy.
You won’t find much more Italian than a delicatessen from the D.O.C empire comprising D.O.C Carlton, D.O.C Delicatessen, D.O.C Albert Park and D.O.C Espresso. Tony Nicolini and his business partner and local restaurateur, Robert De Santis, opened the doors to the Mornington public in 2010, combining their Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, Delicatessen and Produce-store all under the one roof. Manager, Riccardo Bianchini, and Executive Pizza Chef, Michele Chirchirillo, preside over the team that produces the artisan-style pizza partly responsible for the start of Melbourne’s pizza revolution.
As well as a strong emphasis on stocking a vast selection of quality products imported from Italy, DOC Mornington has developed great relationships with local suppliers and small artisan producers.
“We work very closely with local suppliers and small artisan producers that provide high quality small goods. It is so important to support the local producers. Where possible, we will always choose the small family-run business over the big bloke,” explains Tony.
It is then no surprise that in store you will find apples, basil, radicchio and rocket sourced locally from the renowned Red Hill region. There is also a great selection of locally made mozzarella, pesto and honey available for sale.
“The Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful area, home to wonderful wineries and farmers markets,” says Tony. “But there was a particular clientele not being catered for in the pizza and providore market. There are of course beautiful wineries producing great food, but a venue of the Italian persuasion was missing.” Since its opening in May 2010, D.O.C has gained a great deal of support from the local community. And, according to Tony, D.O.C Mornington is not just another venue, but has become a true foodie destination.
Whilst you dream of holidays to the coastal Italian motherland , take in the Mornington sea-breeze as you gaze at D.O.C’s spoilt-for-choice mozzarella bar, which boasts a cheese selection that would satisfy both the traditional and adventurous Italian in all of us.
As well as providing its salumi, mozzarella and pizza that D.O.C is famous for, they are slowly introducing cooking demonstrations, Italian food education and pasta making classes. They respect generations of a rich food culture and want to provide an authentic Italian experience.
“D.O.C is real Italian eating and age-old simplicity refreshed with contemporary flair. It is a celebration of heritage, a joy in sharing, authentic, exuberant, and outrageously Italian.”