I went to Pizza DOC on Lawrence (almost at Western) last night. It's a fairly new-ish place that we've been meaing to try for months, and one that has been hyped up by a few friends who we trust in culinary matters who have been there. The result--I think we were oversold a bit.
The pizza was very good thin crust, Roman-style, wood-oven pizza. The crust was the best thing about it. Warm, thin but not too thin, with a very appealing texture and quality to it. Nicely floured, but not overly so, and cooked to perfection.
I had the Pizza Rustica--tomatoes, a sprinkling of mozzarella, mushrooms, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, cured olives, and a glass of an extremely uninteresting Barbera, a wine I ususally love. My partner had the Quattro Stagione--tomatoes, mozzarella, artichokes, olives, prosciutto, and a very good Montepulciano. The pizzas are individually sized, and were more expensive than I would have liked or anticipated for the area--$11-$13 per pizza. It was good, but I was not blown over by the place.
The service was extremely scattered. The server practically insisted that we sit in the smoking section (she had a native Italian's [almost non-existant] understanding of non-smoking I guess). We persevered, and then did not see anyone for awhile. Then a different flustered Italian server came whirling by, apologized for some sort of "misunderstanding" (was there a catfight for our table? or a game of rock, paper, scissors?), and quickly took our order. She walked the line of trying desperately to charm us and completely ignoring us for a large party that was seated at the tables behind us. When we asked for the check (after sitting finished for quite awhile) she plunked it down and walked away without a word.
All-in-all, a mixed evening. While I enjoyed the food, I had so wished that this could be a once-a-week kind of place. If the pizzas were $8-$9, it might be. I will try it again sometime, but I don't think I'll be craving it anytime soon.
P.S.-I've heard the pastas are just ok, and to stick with the pizzas. But everyone else there was mostly having pasta. Strange.
2251 W Lawrence Ave Chicago, IL (773) 784-8777