Welcome to Luca's!

Offering sophisticated tastes in a casual, modern setting, Luca’s Italian Eatery is dedicated to fine  cuisine without pretension. Being a true, passionate chef, Luca’s menu includes traditional Italian antipasto, fresh pasta, incredibly thin and delicious pizza, entrees and desserts prepared with the finest ingredients, including love.

Relax at the full bar trying out newfangled cocktails, or at the comfy banquettes. 

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The owner of two restaurants in Fernandina Beach’s historic downtown Centre Street, Chef Luca is no stranger to locals. Apart from his affectionate bellows of “hello!”, Luca is also known for the great food and friendly service of his restaurants. Born in the south of France to a family of Italian restaurateurs, Chef Luca was exposed to the world’s most beloved cuisines from a young age. He started cooking when he was eight, instructed by his father and his uncle on how French and Italian food should taste, and how to prepare the finest cuisine. 

His passion for the restaurant business eventually led him to New York, where he rose quickly from waiting tables at Petaluma to becoming Captain at the celebrated New York mainstay Le Cirque. His keen management skills did not go unnoticed – he became General Manager at Jean Goutal’s Le Colonial NYC, and Managing Director in star restaurateur Sheldon Fireman’s finest restaurants, namely Trattoria dell’Arte and Red Eye Grill

In 2007, Luca moved to Amelia Island, first managing the Ritz-Carlton’s Café 4750 before opening Ciao Italian Bistro in Yulee, where loyal patrons often found him laboring over pasta sauces. A runaway success, Ciao moved downtown and has since become a mainstay in the town’s bustling restaurant scene. Looking to introduce a modern casual concept to Fernandina, Chef Luca opened his second restaurant, Luca’s on Centre, in early 2016. Situated on Centre and 7th Street, Luca’s offers Italian specialties, traditional and some house specialties and occasional culinary surprises. 

Chef Luca believes that guests should enjoy an incredible meal, service and ambiance but also feel like cherished friends at his own home. And most patrons would tell you they undoubtedly do.