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Il Duca

9.3/10
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132 Wellington Parade, 3002 East Melbourne (VIC)See map

Average price $65

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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
  • Average price $65
Risotto di Zucca e Piselli (GF) (V)
$27
Pumkin, peas, toasted pine nuts and rocket
Risotto di Pollo e Funghi (GF)
$29
Chicken, mushrooms and parmesan
Gnocchi Pesto e Napoli (V)
$27
Gnocchi tossed in pesto in a bed of napolitana sauce

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Reviews

9.3/10
Excellent239 reviews
9.5/10

Food

9.2/10

Service

9.1/10

Ambience

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  • Angela M.

    2 December 20213 reviews

    9.5/10

    We love the food and the staff are fabulous. It is a wonderful neighbourhood restaurant and we feel lucky to have it and are so happy that it is still there for us all.

  • David W.

    1 December 20213 reviews

    9.5/10

    Very popular local restaurant -and for a reason. Good food, generous serves and reasonable prices.

  • Craig M.
    Craig M.

    22 October 20215 reviews

    10/10
  • Peter H.

    30 July 20211 review

    10/10

    Lino and staff provide great service and food in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. We are looking forward to our next visit already.

  • Warren T.

    12 June 20211 review

    10/10

    Excellent service the food was terrific the environment was nice and relaxing the staff were great the wine list was good we will be back again soon

  • Thoa H.

    12 June 20213 reviews

    10/10

    We had a great dinner here. Very delicious food. Attentive staff and quick services.

  • Anne F.

    12 June 20213 reviews

    9/10

    all 4 meals were delicious, the veal was tender and tasty,The staff were very pleasant, and all felt very safe

  • Des C.

    22 May 202110 reviews

    9.5/10
  • Marie M.

    1 May 20215 reviews

    9/10
  • Ana P.

    27 March 20211 review

    10/10

    Perfect little Italian restaurant. Lino and his staff were amazing and very accomodating. The food was delicious. We’ll definitely be back again. Super happy!

  • Brian P.

    24 March 20211 review

    10/10

    Fantastic service, asked for something not on the menu and they were able to adapt and combine existing dishes to provide it. We be back again most definitely

  • Maurice S.

    18 March 20211 review

    8.5/10

    service was good - ambience was good 3 of the 4 meals were fantastic considering the dining room was packed - probably the easiest meal, Pizza was disappointing - but definitely be back

  • Kate L.

    11 February 20211 review

    9/10
  • Faye H.

    9 February 20212 reviews

    8/10

    A reliable perennial quality bistro ...relaxed but attentive atmosphere ...hard to beat for a mid week lunch and good chat

  • Brian H.

    25 January 20211 review

    10/10

    Il Duca is a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant, Well worth the very short tram ride out of the CBD. Delicious food and terrific service. Will be back very soon.

  • Mike N.

    18 January 20213 reviews

    10/10

    Such a friendly group of staff with A wide range of excellent food.

  • Angela M.

    12 January 20213 reviews

    9/10

    Il Duca never disappoints, the food is always good, the staff are delightful and everything is very fairly priced. We will certainly go back again....and again.

  • Peter S.

    21 December 20201 review

    10/10

    Good honest food with adequate sized servings. Staff are very professional. It is a typical Italian restaurant with good old fashioned service.

  • Kim B.

    17 December 20201 review

    10/10

    What a great night to catch up with our group of friends for the first time since lockdown restrictions had eased! Food was fantastic and the function room was the perfect setting for us. Thank you!

  • Patricia R.

    15 December 20202 reviews

    9.5/10
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More information

Opening time
Open today

Monday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
05:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

How to get to the restaurant

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

Directions to get there

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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