Hello out there Australia-NZ folks,
I have a pizza complaint to register...
Many folks on this board have glowingly recommended DOC Pizza and Mozzarella Bar in Melbourne.
My partner and I went this evening and were bummed to find the pizza leaden with wet, soggy, oily cheese. Beyond the cheese, the rest of the crust was heavy and doughy. The other admittedly tasty, high quality ingredients (prosciutto, porcini, etc.) did not come together into a coherent dish. They just tasted like ingredients. Looking around the restaurant, we were puzzled that it was buzzing like a beehive even while people's body language didn't express that they were loving the food (you know the way that people relax and settle into their bodies when they're feeling all yum?). I actually ate the mushrooms off most of my pizza and left the rest of the soggy stuff on the plate. Me, who eats everything!
The reason I'm bothering to post is that we had *very yummy* pizza last week at I Carusi II in St. Kilda. Cheese played an appropriate role and the crust was light and crispy. The pizza I chose -- cured ham, red onions, and chili -- had just the right proportions and the sauce had that good salty-meaty aftertaste that signals a proper pizza. It felt like a reasonable thing to eat, not fondue-on-a-plate.
In case any other Chow-visitors are headed to Melbourne, I strongly recommend I Carusi II over DOC. Perhaps someone can top I Carusi? We've got a week and a half's worth of meals to go...
And, by the way, no disrespect at all to Melbourne. The food here has been great. Standouts so far were the steak tartare at Cumulus and a fab heirloom tomato salad at Cicciolina.
Picture #1 -- DOC goo-fest
Picture #2 -- I Carusi II onion-chili pizza