Our Story

It started in Torino

I was born in the North West part of Italy, in an elegant city – founded by the Romans and an emcampment that has been for centuries the home of a Royal Dynasty, the Capital of two Reigns and almost at the border between Italy and France. My whole family, thou, come from Belpasso, a small town in Sicily well known for its incredible foods, fertile soil, and friendly people. (Also for being so close to an active Vulcano that has been somehow destroyed several times during the last 8 centuries)

The Chef

Ciao! I’m Alessandro De Luca, a chef with a passion for blending my Italian heritage with the diverse culinary landscape of the United States. My love affair with cooking began in the bustling markets of Torino, where I soaked up the rich flavors and age-old techniques of traditional Italian cuisine. I knew from a young age that my destiny lay in sharing the art of culinary expression with the world.

In 2009, my journey brought me to the United States, where I embraced new opportunities and embarked on a gastronomic adventure. After honing my skills in renowned kitchens and collaborating with talented chefs, I decided to bring my vision to life. In 2020, I proudly opened Italian Kitchen, a place where food enthusiasts gather to experience the essence of both my homeland and adopted home.

The Sous Chef

Piacere! I’m Jennifer Morris.

Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Jennifer Morris, your Sous Chef here at Italian Kitchen. My culinary journey is a tapestry of experiences that have shaped my love for food and caring for others.

In the 1980s, I found my way to the heartland of Missouri, a place that would become home. It was here that I first stepped into the bustling world of restaurants, where the sizzle of the kitchen ignited my passion for cooking.

My path, however, took an unexpected turn as I embarked on a career in nursing. Caring for people’s well-being became my mission, but my love for food never faded. I realized that making people happy through food was my true calling.

What I enjoy most is creating dishes that not only tantalize the taste buds but also warm the heart. Each plate I prepare is crafted with care and a dash of love.

Beyond the kitchen, I find solace in the world of baking. The art of turning simple ingredients into delightful treats is my way of spreading joy.

In every dish I create, I aim to capture the essence of both my culinary skills and my nurturing spirit. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Italian Kitchen family, and I look forward to sharing my passion for food and happiness with you.

"Food is the universal language that effortlessly crosses borders, bringing people together in a celebration of flavors and cultures. Through the joy of sharing a meal, we merge traditions, weave stories, and build bridges that connect us as one global family." -