Welcome to
Luca Cucina Italiana

Luca Cucina Italiana opened in 2011, and since then has gained a loyal following of repeat customers, within 6 months we had approving reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland tribune and online commentators. Our customers enjoy the fresh vegetables from local vendors, the Niman Ranch meat and Mary’s free range chickens, but especially the homemade pasta sauces, Cesar dressings, sausage, meatballs and chicken gravy. Gnocchi and lasagne are made from scratch. People love my pomodoro sauce, from a family recipe going back to 1900: from grandma’s kitchen to Berkeley. The very reasonable prices don’t hurt either. I am happy to share the food from my home town with people that appreciate it. Luca

Grandma Meatballs

made from 50-50 pork and beef


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Choose the pasta you prefer: penne, fusilli, spaghettini, linguine, tagliatelle, pappardelle, whole wheat or gluten-free penne ($2 extra)
Add any of the following:
  • Chicken or bay shrimp $4
  • Prawns (5) $4.50
  • Meatballs (2)$5 homemade sausage $6
  • Choose one of our sauces below to complete your dish:
    tomato sauce, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil
    tomato sauce, cornmeal, corn & mozzarella
    ground beef & pork, soffritto, pomodoro sauce
    tomato and cream sauce, finished with a shot of vodka
    tomato and cream sauce
    white cream sauce
    basil, pine nuts, parmigiano
    light cream, pancetta, egg
    black olives, capers, anchovies, tomato sauce
    white cream sauce with blue cheese
    assorted vegetables in a tomato or cream sauce
    prosciutto, sweet peas in a white cream sauce
    sausage & pepper
    homemade sausage, bell peppers, arrabbiata sauce

    Specialty Pasta

    homemade slow cooked ragu of beef & pork
    filled with cheese in panna sauce
    homemade potato dumpling in gorgonzola sauce
    cheese, spinach in cardinale sauce
    ravioli filled with lobster meat in vodka sauce


    Stay up to date with us

    Grandma Meatballs
    Made from 50-50 Niman Ranch pork and beef
    Artisan Foods
    Our specialty is homemade foods. We buy good ingredients and prepare the foods through long and artisan process.
    Fresh Homemade Noodles
    Our pasta is made of a dorum wheat flour imported from Italy, we also offer gluten free pasta made from brown rice.
    Homemade Sausage
    Our sweet sausage is made of 100% Niman Ranch pork, fennel and italian spices.
    Fresh Tomato Sauce
    Luca uses vine ripe heirloom San Marzano plum tomato. The flesh is mush thicker with fewer seeds, and the taste is stronger, sweeter and less acidic.

    Luca Rocci - Chef

    Luca was born and raised in Molise, in South-central Italy. He grew up in a large family with limited resources. As a result, he enjoyed the simple and rustic foods that his mother prepared. He also feasted upon the many local delicacies that were cultivated and grew in the wild in his native farming town, which included tomatoes, wild asparagus, peppers, figs, olives and apples. When Luca left his family home, he spent time in various parts of Italy and London before arriving in the United States. He worked around the country in restaurants in Chicago, Las Vegas and South Florida. He moved to California in 2008 and immediately embraced Berkeley's "food culture". His passion for cooking led him to open his restaurant, Luca Cucina Italiana in January 2011. Luca's inspiration is simple food prepared with fresh ingredients. He is excited to serve you and hopes your taste buds will be satisfied.

    Location & Hours

    (510) 649-9718
    2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Mon-Thu : 04:30PM – 09:30PM
    Friday : 04:30PM – 10:00PM
    Saturday: 04:00PM – 10:00PM
    Sunday : 04:00PM – 09:30PM