What's Up D.O.C.?
D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana
Popular for its lively night scene, the closure of Irish pub The Blarney Stone was met with universal protest from regular visitors to Shanghai’s former French concession... that is until they started to frequent its much-lauded replacement D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana – and now it would seem all is forgiven. Mainly thanks to the deft Michelin-starred fingers of head chef Stefano Pace (Issimo, The Opposite House), this new casual Italian diner is notching up plaudits as Shanghai’s best pizzeria with its wood-fired ovens, imported Italian flour and pasta handmade daily on site.
D.O.C stands for ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata’ – a quality assurance that all Italian foods have been produced using prescribed methods – which could err on the side of pretentious if it weren’t for the friendly service and trendy laid-back interior of exposed concrete walls, old wooden floors and vintage Italian signage. Of course, the clientele are buzzing about the exceptional quality of the pizzas with their lightly-salted, chewy stone baked bases and fresh imported toppings, but particularly noteworthy is the catamarano abruzzese loaded with wood-fired pork belly, stracciatella mozzarella, radicchio chicory and citrusy sweet mostarda, perfectly accompanied by a chilled Birra Moretti or Peroni. And with a fine dining concept due to open on the second floor soon, things can only get better!