Don’t you hate it when a lecturer is so boring and it makes the most interesting content unbearable? I used to hate Wednesdays because of this, since I picked out the subject based on the false belief that the content would be super intriguing, I mean okay, the readings are pretty dry and that’s not the lecturer’s fault, but a good lecturer really makes all the difference. So glad I switched out of that subject. But anyway, this long
rant introduction does have a purpose – a few weeks ago, after a bad Wednesday, I was lucky enough to be invited to another Zomato Meetup at D.O.C Delicatessen, and the food was good enough to turn my day around!
I arrived a bit early, and we were served some beautiful cubes of parmigiano reggiano drizzled with honey. Everytime the board came out, we demolished it within seconds, hence why I only managed to snatch a photo with two last remaining pieces on the board. Now when it comes to cheese, I really am no connoisseur, I mean, I like them enough, but lack extensive knowledge of the specific region or the making process of the cheese themselves. However, I didn’t have to be an expert to appreciate these hard and gritty parmigiano reggiano with a nutty taste.
|Salumi and Local Handmade Mozzarella|
We started the meal with the antipasto plate, and without a doubt, my favourite was the buffalo mozzarella! The texture was so light, that it made me go back for way more than I should have. We were so unprepared for the amount of food that was going to be served.
Everyone oohed and aahed when the first main was brought to the table in a giant cheese wheel. Seriously, how are we supposed to eat pasta served on regular plates after this?!
|Mezza Paccero from Gragnano w/ Spaccatella Tomatoes, Buffalo Ricotta & Basil|
The pasta tasted as good as it looked. The simplicity of it was what really impressed me, the trio of ingredients – tomato, basil, ricotta, dressed the Mezza paccero beautifully, and the quality of the ingredients were definitely top notch.
The next main was cooked on a stove right next to us, and of course, the food bloggers gathered around and took plenty of photos!
|Handmade Black Gnocchi w/ Scampi & Scallops on Pea & Broad Bean Puree|
The freshly seared scampis was loaded onto the black gnocchi. This was probably my favourite dish of the night, even though I was getting sooooooo full by this point, I still managed to finish most of the plate! The gnocchi had a very light and almost silk-like texture, and paired beautifully with both the unami of seafood and the delicate pea and broad bean puree.
Of course, no Italian dinner is complete without some good ol’ tiramisu. This was again, beautiful (am I overusing that word?). The sponge were light and fluffy, and soaked up the espresso liqueur quite well. Every bite was sweet, but not overly sweet, with a coffee after taste.
|Caffe Neopolitan Stovetop Caffettiera|
The coffee was very refined and strong, I gotta admit, it was a bit too bitter for me.
I could snack on these for days, if I wasn’t literally bursting with food by this point! I shared a hazelnut biscotti with a fellow blogger, and it was wonderful! Chewy in the centre, with a crunchy exterior, these are definitely made with love.
|Amara Blood Orange Digestive Liquor|
Although this was a blood orange liqueur, it helps with digestion apparently (which we definitely were in need for)! It had a 30% alcohol level, and I only had a tiny little sip.
The evening was filled with laughter, amazing food and friendly service! And it reinstated the importance of great quality produce to me. I can’t wait to be returning to D.O.C. for some more of their beautiful Italian food!
How to get there:
D.O.C. Delicatessen is located on Lygon Street, a short 5 minutes walk from the tram stop Lincoln Square.