THE RESTAURANT OF THE MONTEFORTE RESORT
Duca, the innovative gourmet restaurant in the historical center of Ugento.
Opened in February 2022, the restaurant is part of the Monteforte Resort, a prestigious, award-winning facility with six suites
in a historic residence dating back to 1850.
The restaurant has three dining rooms and two outdoor spaces with seating for up to 80 guests.
Guests dine in what were once the cantinas and storage rooms of the home, now seen in an all new light thanks to a complex restoration project.
Natural light radiates through the series of dining rooms, with tuff-stone barrel and star vaulted ceilings and natural lime coating the walls, stopping time in its tracks to preserve the original architectural style, but with a contemporary twist.
Crafted artisanally with natural materials, the furnishings lend an elegant and minimalist style to the space, with ceramic tables, velvet chairs, wine racks in iron and an open-back fireplace in stone and iron.
In the main dining room, an open kitchen offers guests a behind-the-scenes look while savoring their meals.
Another room features the Social Table, an oval table with 15 seats, perfect for business lunches, private parties or family events in a private space.
Exploring the shelving along the walls, guests can enjoy choosing between 350 wines, from Puglia, Italy and beyond.
The contemporary culinary style blends a love for Salento with a burning desire for innovation, bringing together delicate flavors and evocative aromas.
The menu follows the seasons and changes every two months.
Led by a team of top chefs, the kitchen relies on exquisite fresh ingredients, primarily from Salento, while still leaving room for the best products from all over Italy.
Meals include four courses: appetizers, first courses, second courses, and desserts.
Each courses offers up four options, with two meat dishes and two seafood dishes for each of the savory phases.
The kitchen can also accommodate food allergies and vegetarian diets.
The restaurant also offers a children’s menu dedicated to the tastes of our smallest customers.
Duca restaurant also offers charming outdoor spaces to enjoy a bit of fresh air during lunch and dinner.
On the ground floor is the Secret Garden, an intimate space with five tables for two, and a stone and tile table reserved for aperitifs.
On the second floor, a panoramic terrace with space for 25 guests offers a view of Ugento’s historic center and castle, as well as an exclusive place to soak up the colors of Salento’s sunsets.
Secret Garden: 10
Panoramic Terrace: 25