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If you love an authentic pizza, cooked to perfection by Italians, then read on.
Ciao Bella located in Balnarring is a multi award winning pizzeria. You won't need to see the awards to know why they are winners. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding (or in this case, pizza).
Superb wood fired pizza cooked in a pizza oven imported from Italy. Toppings are light and fresh, with herbs picked fresh out of the veggie garden. Nothing like the 2 inch thick processed ham pizzas you will find for $6 at your local pizza franchise.
The atmosphere is warm, relaxed and inviting with a fire roaring during the cold winter months. In the warmer months, the deck is the perfect place to relax and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, taking in the smells and sights of the edible garden surrounding the deck, music playing in the background with a cool drink. Perfect!
Pizzas are the speciality at Ciao Bella, but the menu also includes fresh seafood, salads, antipasti and hand made pasta, including ravioli and gnocchi. The superb range of in house made cakes displayed in the glass cabinet, will certainly tempt the taste-buds. Peninsula and Italian wines are available by the glass or bottle.
D.O.C in Mornington also makes an excellent authentic Italian pizza. In fact I would rate them above all others I have tried previously.
The atmosphere is always buzzing, with long communal wooden dining tables filling the room, chatter fills the air to the rafters. The waft from the kitchen reminds me of my childhood, having dinner with our neighbours from Naples, Italy - as soon as you walked in, you could smell the fresh parmasen and basil with olive oil on the pizzas and the home-made pasta sauce cooking on the stove, that's exactly the same smell at D.O.C.
My favourite is the most simple, Margherita c/ san marzano tomato, mozarella and fresh basil leaves for $14.50. Others who have dined with us enjoyed the vegetarian lasagne, and described it as "beautiful, I would come back many times just for this."
Staff at D.O.C are sponsored young Italian hospitality students, it's great in that it keeps the food authentic and adds a special flare to the atmosphere. It feels like "Italy in Mornington", even if I can't understand anything they are chatting joyously about in the kitchen.
My only gripe is the front of house staff are a little arrogant, they try their hardest to keep customer turnover high. I can understand why from a business point of view, but as a diner, it's nice not to feel rushed. ( "Though I'm told this is the Italian way", by my Italian in -laws)
Don't let that stop you visiting D.O.C,the food and atmosphere make it very appealing.[ B] The pizzas, "amazing!"[/B]
As always with Italians , children are welcomed and well catered for.
Hi you need to update your best authentic pizza places on the peninsula A new place called Woodfirepizzaco in Mornington opened 3 months ago and is becoming the go to place for woodfired pizza Those other places you talk about have nothing on this place ive been to all 3 by the way