My Name is Luke (or Luca!)

Ciao! I’m Luke, but you can call me Luca if you’re feeling the Italian vibe. I’m a proud father to two vivacious bambinos, aged 5 and 7, and blessed with a beautiful wife who shares my passion for all things Italian.

While my day job revolves around being a marketing executive, my heart truly belongs to Italy. And guess what? There’s Italian blood running through my veins, which might explain my deep-rooted love for the country!

Every chance we get, my family and I pack our bags and head to Italy. Whether it’s basking under the Tuscan sun in Montepulziano, exploring the historic streets of Sicily, or lounging by the serene waters of Garda, we’re always on the lookout for our next Italian adventure.

And when winter rolls around? You’ll find us skiing down the slopes of Val Gardena or Madonna di Campiglio.

Hi from Luca, Author at Italian Cooking and Living

Our Italian Lifestyle Transformation

A few years ago, we made a life-changing decision: to embrace the Mediterranean diet. We swapped butter for extra virgin olive oil, increased our intake of fresh fruits and veggies, and developed a penchant for frutti di mare and freshly caught fish. This switch not only introduced us to a plethora of authentic Italian ingredients but also ignited our passion for home-cooked Italian meals.

My personal favorite? A classic Caprese salad with wafer-thin tomato slices, equally thin Mozzarella di Buffala slices, a drizzle of freshly pressed olive oil, and a sprinkle of pepper. Paired with a glass of Montepulziano wine, it’s a slice of heaven! I also have a soft spot for Frutti di Mare, all types of pasta and Neapolitan-style pizza (although these days I’m leaning more towards a hearty Focaccia).

But it’s not just the food. I’m an Alfisti through and through. Over the years, I’ve owned multiple Alfa Romeos (and no, they never broke down!). Our current ride? An all-white Alfa Romeo Stelvio that’s an absolute joy to drive.

Why This Blog?

Italian Cooking and Living is our family’s passion project. It’s our way of documenting our Italian escapades and the culinary treasures we uncover along the way.

Every trip to Italy is a learning experience. From uncovering hidden towns to diving deep into the Italian way of life, la Dolce Vita, we’re on a never-ending journey of discovery.

This blog is our canvas. It’s where we paint our stories, share our recipes, and celebrate the Italian lifestyle. Whether it’s a new dish we’ve tried, an interesting fact about Italy, or a heartwarming anecdote from our travels, we’re here to share it all with you.

We like to wonder around, discovering little towns and all they have to offer.

Join Our Journey

Our adventures in Italy go beyond just travel and food. We delve into the heart of Italian culture, lifestyle, and the fascinating stories that make Italy so unique.

And when I’m not exploring Italy or whipping up an Italian feast, I’m leveraging my expertise in digital marketing to make this blog a delightful space for our readers.

So, whether you’re a fellow Italophile or just curious about Italian cuisine and culture, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

Dive into our stories, try out our recipes, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Italian life. Let’s celebrate la Dolce Vita together!

Arrivederci e Buon Appetito!

– Luca and family 🙂