A world of Italian food  just waiting to be discovered.........


Fresh, local ingredients


Wonderful flavours


Discover us, discover yourself

Hello and welcome to Casa Lucia!!!! It's great to have you here and reading about what we can offer you!


My name is Lucy Hayward, Owner of Casa Lucia - a 'roaming' food and wine experience we'll bring to your holiday door, for a day, a night, a week or anything in between! If you're coming on holiday to Le Marche and fancy someone to come and cook for you and your guests - we can do it. Or if you fancy learning how to cook some local dishes, make fresh pasta or bread without the hassle of shopping, working out a menu or picking up the ingredients? Give us a call.


Or perhaps you'd prefer a tailor-made villa holiday, with a program of food and wine activities, plus plenty of time to relax and enjoy the pool and surrounding countryside? We can do that too!

Think of Casa Lucia as your flexible food and wine resource - with first-hand links to food and wine 'experiences' that we can shape to meet your needs. As well as being a cook and teacher, Lucy also knows lots of other chefs and artisan food suppliers, (imagine delicious hand-made sausages and cured meats, cheese makers, wine and beer producers at family owned vineyards and breweries and you get the picture).


We're in touch with local 'agriturismos' growing olives and lavender and with small businesses making the hats and leather goods that Le Marche is famous for. So whatever sort of holiday you are looking for, Casa Lucia can make it happen. Contact us at: enquiries.casalucia@yahoo.com

Fruit Shake
Cranberry Jam
Potato Gratin
Dinner Party
Artichoke Pizza
Green Goodness
Super Health Food
Champagne with Raspberries
Polenta Dish
Sidewalk Cafe
Crate of Fresh Fruit
Seasoned Cold Meats
Cheese and Olives
Healthy assortment of yellow foods
Marinated Olives
Blueberry Parfait
Cheese at Market
Natural Medicine
Rustic Kitchen
Ham, Salami and Cheese Board
Chocolate Truffles
Rural Dining
Steak Entree
Wine Barrels
Eating Out
Blue Cheese
Fusilli Fungi

Whatever your level of experience or confidence, Casa Lucia will provide you with a unique opportunity to get close to the source of local ingredients and expertise. 


Casa Lucia offers you the chance to roll your sleeves up and learn everything from pasta making to  bread baking, as well as trickier seasonal recipes like wild boar with chocolate sauce, local pork boned and rolled with sausages and pecorino in a white wine sauce, traditional risottos and a range of Italian desserts and semi-freddos.  Italian sweets can be anything from simple fruits, granitas and ice-creams, to much more challenging cake and fruit combination recipes.


A favourite at Casa Lucia is crumble cake with lemon ricotta and cherries – originally found a bit further north in Italy, but now popular in Le Marche as it makes use of both local lemons and cherries in season - and not just tasty, it's gluten free too!


Did you know that pasta also features in dessert recipes?  How does fried ravioli with walnuts and dates sound?  Or just glorious fried light and fluffy pasta drenched in icing sugar?  If that all sounds a bit calorie laden, we’ll make sure we include some lighter options like whipped ricotta with berry compote and a hint of grappa or mixed melon boats with a light glaze – beautifully refreshing!



Casa Lucia specialises in group holidays which are tailor-made to your preferences and interests.


Minimum group size is 4 adults and a maximum of 10. 


Casa Lucia isn't really suitable for younger children, but if you're a family group with Teens who are interested in food that's absolutely fine!  



Whether you're coming for a few days or a few weeks, we can arrange to cook meals at your villa or provide cookery lessons that suit your timetable.


We use the finest quality, local ingredients to produce stunning meals.  


The food will reflect the changing seasons and we'll share local recipes and knowledge so you can go home with new ideas to enhance and expand your repertoire.



​Depending on numbers, a day's cookery lesson starts at 150 euros per person - this includes all ingredients and local wine.


Lunches or dinners we cook for you start at 100 euros per head and include local wine.  We'll agree a menu in advance and can cater for up to 10 people.  

Full villa holidays for groups of 4-10 people start from 1600 euros per person, (excl. flights/travel) and will be fully inclusive of all food and wine, visits to artisans and local restaurants.