D.O.C. Espresso

Top choice italian in Carlton & Brunswick

Run by third-generation Italian Australians, authentic D.O.C. has breathed new life into Lygon St. The espresso bar features homemade pasta specials, Italian microbrewery beers and aperitivo time (4pm to 7pm), when you can enjoy a negroni with complimentary nibble board.

The affiliated deli next door does great cheese boards and panini, while around the corner is the original pizzeria.