Trastevere is a spot in which it can be difficult to find an authentic restaurant – I was a little unsure before trying Il Duca, as from the outside it doesn’t look like anything special. But I’d read a lot of good reviews and decided to give it a try – and I’m glad I did!
This is now my go-to spot for lunch in Trastevere when I have visitors staying – or just fancy a meal in the area! Right in the middle of the action, the interiors are homely and warm and there’s a great terrace at the back for the summer. The waiters are all super friendly and willing to help out if you need some advice.
Artichokes are a very Roman dish, and here they are really something special – try them both alla Giudia (soft and braised in a garlicky oil) and alla Romana (fried and crunchy). Then move on to a classic Roman pasta – the Cacio e Pepe here is excellent and not too creamy, or the Bucatini all’Amatriciana, which is my favourite!
It is all reasonably priced and really good quality – a spot not to be missed in Trastevere.