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!
As always: great food, great attentive service, great atmosphere, great experience.
Friendly and accommodating as ever. Great winter menu and very attractive surroundings relatively recently renovated. Never pretentious and always a good convivial atmosphere, unlike many a West End establishment.
Perfect and attentive service. We have always enjoyed our meals there. The food is cooked just right every time and the wine selection a good balance and an excellent range.