Hg2 : The Hedonist


‘Healthy food and caring feelings’ is the catchphrase of Duke’s, one of the stylish restaurants in Rome (these mottos never translate well), set in the posh Parioli district. Despite the ostensibly cheesy sentiments, this Californian-inspired eatery is a handsome alternative to traditional Italian fare and one of the few restaurants with a credible bar scene. (Watch out for the incredibly strong Martinis). It’s part of the ‘Casual Fine Dining Movement’, and chef Massimiliano Iannozzi reworks Californian cuisine. Confused as to what to expect? Fresh, seasonal variations on pasta, sushi, salads, fresh fillets of grilled meat and fish with fruity accompaniments, and amusingly named options such as ‘The Ugly but Good Toadfish’. Inside is beachy, breezy and informal. Get a table outside on the atmospheric decking and join the micro-celebs and a local crowd of young professionals. You might not expect to be California dreaming in Rome, but for the curious it’s a fun night out and worth the trek for something a little different.

Viale Parioli 200,
+39 06 8066 2455
Opening Times
8.30pm-midnight. Closed Sundays. Cocktail bar: 7.30pm-2am.
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