MELBOURNE | DOC Espresso is where the DOC story started over 20 years ago, and it’s still a popular spot on Lygon Street for those looking for a tasty Italian feed. I recently visited the Carlton icon to grab some photo for What’s on Melbourne.
When DOC Espresso opened, this part of Lygon Street had grown somewhat tired, with many venues coasting on the area’s reputation as a must visit street for tourists, often at the expense of quality. DOC showed that this didn’t have to be the case, and arguably kickstarted the resurgence of quality on the cafe strip.
The venue has expanded its repertoire since it opened. It’s still a fantastic option for quality coffee and cakes, but these days it’s and equally good choice for Italian breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
There’s focaccia and panini, a selection of house-made pasta dishes, antipasto, salads, and sweet treats. Start your meal with some fresh buffalo mozzarella and DOP San Daniele prosciutto, before moving on to the must-try orecchiette. It’s a Puglia speciality with DOC Delicatessen pork sausage, and cime di rapa cream. Finish off with their top notch tiramisu, and an espresso.
If you’re looking for the pizzas DOC was known for at this location over a decade ago, never fear. They’re not on the menu at DOC Espresso because they’re now served at the a dedicated venue, DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar, around the corner.
326 Lygon Street
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 11:30pm