London’s dukes and duchesses would be wise to drop in to Al Duca for a taste of authentic Italian hospitality. After all, Al Duca is right in the heart of London’s Clubland, situated along St James’ Duke of York Street. It’s here that head chef Gianni Andolfi and his team bring out the best that Italian cuisine has to offer, plus a superlative selection of perfectly matchable wines, in surrounds that reflect the simple, rustic elegance of traditional Italian trattoria.
Al Duca is the perfect place for any occasion that calls for informal Italian dining, a simple gathering of friends for drinks with a special mark of distinction, or pre-theatre dinner. Along St James’ Duke of York Street, Al Duca is convenient to the theatrical buzz of London’s West End, and the pre- and post-theatre menus are as impeccably timed as they are easy to choose from: Beef Carpaccio or specially poached eggs to start, spaghetti con pancetta or risotto primavera in between, squid or chicken for the main event. Rounded off with tiramisu, gelato and sorbet, you’re amply set up for a night out in the heart of London.
Managed by Giovanni Monni and with a kitchen helmed by master chef Gianni Andolfi, Al Duca is one of London’s most popular Italian restaurants. The key to the success of this St James hot spot is, as Andolfi says, uncomplicated and affordable Italian food, which is deliciously simple. A quicker tempo defines Al Duca’s lunch time atmosphere, which befits its Duke of York Street location in central London. However, come dinner time, the tempo relaxes, with guests settling into this down-to-earth restaurant’s offering of fine wine and Italian food. It’s this unfussy, authentic atmosphere that sees customers coming back for more, often with a private party in mind. For these occasions, Al Duca can put together a bespoke party menu at set prices. Bella!
Excellent italian food made by Italians. The long established restaurant has an elegant dining room , very centrally placed, and provides excellent service. Very reasonable prices. Strongly recommended.
We had the good meal we expercted . Having used Al Duca and its predecessor for many years on an occasional basis as we do not live in London, we were just surprised how the cost has risen.
Helpful staff. Friendly yet very efficient service. We have been there a number of times over recent visits to London and the food is just excellent.
I had lunch with a friend. We had a wonderful time. It's a fun and lively place. The owner gave us a warm welcome; he is the one who takes the orders, giving excellent pieces of advise. The waiters were charmingly Italian and generous with the crispy slices of bread. The food was gorgeous. Home made pasta was cooked to perfection. The pistachio home made ice cream was absolutely delicious. Coffee was as good as in Venice. We are definetely going back to Al Duca next time we have lunch together in London. Booking is recommended. The place was full on that saturday.
I went with four friends on a Saturday lunch time. The restaurant was almost empty which was surprising for a Saturday lunchtime in Piccadilly so there was no ambience. The food was over salted. I thought at the time that it was rather salty but it wasn't until I left and half an hour later I was gasping for water, I was so dehydrated. I drank a whole bottle of water (half a litre) in one go which I have not done before and this was after consuming several litres of water during the meal. The service was fine but a bit slow. Given there were only three tables to serve all afternoon this was surprising. I have been to this restaurant on two other occasions when it was much busier and had a much more pleasurable experience. It's almost as if they felt it wasn't worth making an effort because there was hardly anybody there.
First time I'd been to Al Duca, would definitely go again. Great food, great service, intimate restaurant without feeling you were on top of other diners!
Stylish restaurant serving beautifully presented modern Italian food. Al Duca is excellent value for its central location just off Jermyn Street. Staff are both friendly and courteous. It never disappoints.
A charming restaurant offering excellent service and excellent food. It was a beautiful day so we dined Al Fresco and they made us feel very special
It was my first visit following a personal recommendation from a friend and I will certainly go again and recommend it myself. Excellent food and good wine in very pleasant surroundings.
A terrific lunch, beautifully cooked steak and very attentive staff. I have been here a handful of times now and will continue to come back!