So we'd been looking forward to returning to Mornington and in particular to trying D.O.C and then upon entering we were greeted by the notice "Please Wait to be Amazed" so expectations were high!
The waiter pointed us to a long shared table and we took our seats. It was pretty cramped so when the people next to us left we spread out a bit which I don't think they were enamoured with but I felt our comfort was more of a priority. There were lots of spare places for other new customers so it wasn't like we were preventing others from dining there.
There are many reviews on Urbanspoon that talk about poor service and I can see why such reviews have emerged. Service is a little offhand and there is definitely a lack of attentiveness. We had to wait a long time for the second glass of wine and when we enquired after it the response was not exactly friendly.
Foodwise we ordered the mozzarella degustazione which consisted of scamorza (smoked mozzarella), an Australian fior de latte and a buffalo mozzarella. The scamorza had been warmed through and had melted. It was delicious with a hint of chilli running through it. Absolutely amazing. The bread and oil that came with it were also yummy and the small spinach and rocket side salads were fresh and tasty.
We had two pizzas; Speck with Provolone chese, mushrooms, thyme and prosciutto and Cornutto with tomato, mozzarella, spicy salami and peppers. Both were delicious. The bases were crispy and didn't taste greasy. The balance of toppings were good and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The Speck one had no tomato and I think for one person to eat a whole one it would be too rich as the tomato provides a nice tang that cuts through the richness.
We loved the food at D.O.C and I can imagine craving the scamorza and the pizzas again. The service is a little offhand for sure and if that could be revised then it would be a place to eat that's super hard to beat.