Il Duca, East Melbourne (VIC)
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Il Duca

132 Wellington Parade, 3002 East Melbourne (VIC)
Average price $65


Il Duca

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Meet the Chef

Coming from an Italian family that grew and made their own produce, Dominic's passion for cooking started at a young age. From 16 years old before Teachers College, he worked at various hotels and restaurants around Melbourne. After teaching for 4 years, the love of hospitality was too much and he bought his first restaurant, Fellinis. This is where Dominic found his passion for cooking. From 1983 until present, Dominic has owned three different restaurants in Melbourne, including il Duca.

Restaurant menu

Chef Dominic Bonadio
Risotto di Zucca e Piselli (GF) (V)
Pumkin, peas, toasted pine nuts and rocket
Risotto ai Gamberi
Prawns, spinach & fresh tomato
Gnocchi Pesto e Napoli (V)
Gnocchi tossed in pesto in a bed of napolitana sauce

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Il Duca, East Melbourne (VIC)


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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Very short waiting time
  • James M.1 review

    1 December 2023


    Loved it. Great staff. Great Food. Great Wine. What more could you want!

  • Peter K.2 reviews

    9 November 2023


    Excellent food, helpful service, great ambiance

  • Cameron G.1 review

    30 October 2023


    Excellent food and great service. They know their food and wine, and make a great martini. A solid and reliable restaurant. A+

  • Peter W.1 review

    21 October 2023


    The restaurant was fantastic. It was amazingly located close to the CBD and had a leafy outlook despite being near a train station. The food was delicious annd well varied and the waiters were wonderfully attentive. My family and I had a wonderful evening.

  • Anne W.2 reviews

    17 October 2023


    This restaurant was nice enough and the staff were nice enough also. The food was also nice but just missing a few things that would have made us rate it higher. We can only go on what we ate. The grilled calamari with orange and fennel salad. The calamari was beautiful fresh and tender but there was very little salad accompanying it which was disappointing. We both had the Veal Scallopine which had a beautiful sauce. The Veal was nice and tender but served with a few beans for $42. For that price i would have expected possibly some baby carrots along with the beans and not be expected to order extra sides. The Chocolate crepe was full of cream and just not what i expected - possibly some chocolate gelato to go with it might have given it that finish. These comments are not meant to offend the kitchen but possibly help. It was a very expensive lunch and i went away hungry which i never do. Thankyou

  • Kathleen K.3 reviews

    16 October 2023


    Delicious dinner and attentive service. Highly recommend.

  • Denis V.4 reviews

    30 September 2023


    Fabulous East Melbourne restaurant. The owners & staff are very welcoming and make you feel at home. Food & service were excellent as always. Great value for money and BYO wine!

  • Louise F.1 review

    28 September 2023


    I I Duca is the best restaurant ever - all staff were so friendly and looked after us I will definitely be coming back

  • Melissa H.1 review

    28 September 2023


    Staff were very welcoming and attentive. Meals were good, we’re hoping for a bit more wow. Lasagne was nice, layers of pasta were well cooked but the filling and bechamel a little underwhelming. The veal scallopini was nice but was hoping for a wow dish as it was the main reason we visited Il Duca.

  • Don M.

    Don M.1 review

    22 September 2023


    Il Duca is a great place to eat when in town - be it before a match at the G or anytime for that matter - go there - food, service and ambience are excellent!!!

  • David T.1 review

    16 September 2023


    Very nice Italian food. Hospitality also great.

  • Fiona O.1 review

    16 September 2023


    Really enjoyed everything about this place. The menu was great, extensive wine list, staff were attentive and the ambiance was lovely. Highly recommend ????

  • Merrill F.7 reviews

    9 September 2023


    Great service and very delicious and yummy food. Would highly recommend Il Duca

  • Roger T.1 review

    29 August 2023


    Great food, wine and service!

  • Carol O.1 review

    22 August 2023


    A nice dining venue with tasty food and great service. Our preferred restaurant when we are in this part of Melbourne.

  • Carolyn F.2 reviews

    5 August 2023


    Always a pleasure to dine here - from the moment you walk in to when you leave. The staff are welcoming and very attentive. Our food was tasty and served promptly. Highly recommend this restaurant. The only problem is parking unless you are lucky to find a spot right outside which we did.

  • Gregory J.10 reviews

    4 August 2023


    Never dissapoint

  • John T.4 reviews

    29 July 2023


    It was a pre Rugby game dinner @ 5.00pm, the restaurant was completely full, the wait staff handled this busy session professionally and efficiently. Food was delivered on time and was very good. A Great all round by Il Duca, we will be back.

  • Alan m.4 reviews

    29 July 2023


    Pregame set menu . Great service and good food

  • Brian P.2 reviews

    28 July 2023


    Perfect once again Dom, never fail to hit it out of the park. Thanks

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More information

Opening time
Open today

12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

132 Wellington Parade, 3002, East Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Additional information

Melbourne City, Melbourne East, Melbourne North

About the restaurant

Game on!

Il Duca is a local favourite in East-Melbourne: loved not only for its tasty Italian food, but also for its convenient location - super close to Melbourne's popular sporting grounds. Run by Dominic and David, whose family has been in the area for over

three decades, this restaurant boasts superb service and fresh flavours! Pop in wearing your team colours and sample their fettuccine con agnello, handmade pasta with lamb ragu and roast peppers or the misto di pesce, a grilled seafood selection served with fries and salad. They even have a function space, so you can bring the whole team with you for a special night out. So come calm your nerves before the semi-final, or celebrate a win with a post-match glass of vino. Either way Il Duca will be there cheering you on!

Best Dish: vitello al funghi - pan seared veal scallopine with wild mushrooms and white wine glaze.


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