Offering homestyle Italian cuisine and the kind of service that comes from being family operated since its inception, Il Duca is unsurprisingly a local favourite around East Melbourne. Besides that, it's ridiculously close to Melbourne's sporting precinct, which makes it popular with those decked out in sporting colours or on their way to a big game. Il Duca is characterised by its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Run by Dominic and Ralph, the family's been in East Melbourne for over 28 years. Here, the service is attentive, the food is fresh and rustic, and the sum of its parts is impressive enough for the small restaurant to have garnered a host of regulars. Apart from taking group bookings, Il Duca can be hired as a private function venue, for up to 85 people. Dining options are flexible; one need only contact Dominic or Ralph. Il Duca is located on Wellington Parade in East Melbourne, across the road from Jolimont Station. Trams run up and down Wellington, and the CBD is a few minutes away. Even closer still however, is Melbourne's sporting precinct.