We had the good fortune of connecting with Luca Barolli and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Luca, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Parma, Italy, and begin Italian, is a ‘condition’, my childhood was based on food and play. Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Salame do Felino, Culatello, Pasta, Ravioli are the flavors I grow up with and that’s what I’m bringing to my clients.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was lucky, lucky to grow up in Italy, absorbing about art, music, history, ingredients, products, wine, welcoming, learning from both my grandma how to cooking and having fun in the process.

I think is never easy, whatever the circumstances are, and whoever you are, you got only 2 options: you stop and give up or you keep fighting, and if your lucky enough, one day you’ll got some payback.

People come to me they will experience a fantastic tour into the real Italian spirit of cooking delicious and healthy food from scratch, music art history will be our companion for this journey

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Take a private cooking lesson with me

Downtown: stop by at Vortex and then bar tour till Piedmont Park, absolutely fun.

MOCA museum

Goat Farm Art Center

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family, the best one .

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