Pizzeria Luca

Pizzeria Luca serves up a harmonious blend of traditional and innovative Italian fare, set against the stunning backdrop of Northern Albuquerque, where every dish is an invitation to indulge in a personalized culinary concert.


Mark Stens Land

10/20/20224 min read

"Pizzeria Luca: Crafting the Quintessential Northern ABQ Pie Experience"

In the culinary symphony of North Albuquerque, Pizzeria Luca conducts a flavor orchestra where every note hits just right. Here, the classic Margherita sings with simplicity, while the Bianco pie—a three-cheese wonder topped with peppery arugula—performs a delicate dance on your palate. Luca doesn't just serve pizzas; they serve narratives woven with top-notch ingredients and a splash of innovation.

Take a seat at Pizzeria Luca, and you're the audience to an open kitchen performance, each dish a crescendo of taste and presentation. Looking out from the patio, the Sandia Mountains offer a backdrop that could rival any Italian vista, enhancing every bite with its majestic view.

But it's the "Luca Specialty" that's the headline act, featuring crowd-pleasers like hand-breaded eggplant Parmesan or the Zito Pollo, where grilled chicken and green chile play a duet of local zest and comforting familiarity. For those with a penchant for the finer things, Luca's gourmet toppings are a culinary overture—think Sicilian anchovies, sumptuous salmon, or a lavish combination of steak and shrimp.

In a move that says, "We trust you, maestro," Luca invites you to build your own pizza masterpiece. Choose your crust—regular, gluten-free, or a personalized concoction—and they'll send you home with it, ready to bake and take center stage in your kitchen.

Let's not forget the encore: a dazzling array of antipasti from fried calamari to the elegant simplicity of carpaccio sprinkled with pine nuts. And for the final bow, the buffalo mozzarella and pepperoni—a duo that promises to bring the house down.

Transform Your Pizza Box into a Food Dehydrator (AKA: Pizza Flakes Maker)

Stop throwing away produce!

Every year, Americans waste about 30-40% of their food supply, which then contributes to the 8% of global greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Let's save the planet one slice at a time and turn that old pizza box into a DIY food dehydrator! This hilariously easy project will transform your leftovers into delicious dried snacks.


- 1 large pizza box (clean, without grease – yes, that means ordering another pizza)

- Aluminum foil (to make it shiny like your future)

- Plastic wrap (because who doesn't love plastic?)

- Black construction paper (very goth, very functional)

- A utility knife or scissors (sharp objects: handle with care!)

- Tape (the universal fixer of all things)

- A small fan (optional, if you want to go high-tech)

- Wooden dowels or skewers (also optional, but let’s get fancy)

- Mesh or cheesecloth (to keep it all in place)


1. Prepare the Pizza Box:

Open that pizza box and line the inside with aluminum foil, shiny side up. This will reflect heat and make your box look like a science experiment. Cover the bottom of the box with black construction paper. This will absorb heat and add to the mystery.

2. Create a Window:

On the top of the pizza box lid, cut out a rectangular window, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edges. Make it artsy. Cover the window with plastic wrap and secure it with tape. This will allow sunlight in and create a greenhouse effect. Now your pizza box is officially smarter than your last smartphone.

3. Create Air Vents:

Cut small air vents on the sides of the pizza box to allow for airflow. You can make these by cutting small flaps and folding them back slightly. These vents are like your dehydrator’s nostrils.

4. Optional: Add a Fan:

If you have a small fan, place it near the air vents to enhance airflow. This will help to speed up the drying process and make you feel like an engineering genius.

5. Create Racks:

If you have wooden dowels or skewers, create racks to hold your food. Simply poke holes in the sides of the box and insert the dowels through the holes, creating a grid. Now it’s looking like a mini barbecue. Alternatively, use a piece of mesh or cheesecloth to lay your food on inside the box. It’s like a hammock for your snacks.

6. Place Your Food:

Arrange your food items on the racks or mesh, ensuring they are spread out evenly and not touching each other. Give them space to breathe – it’s yoga for your veggies.

7. Position Your Dehydrator:

Place the pizza box dehydrator in a sunny spot outside. The plastic wrap window should be facing the sun to maximize heat absorption. Your neighbors will be jealous of your eco-friendly contraption.

8. Monitor and Rotate:

Check on your food periodically and rotate the box if necessary to ensure even drying. You’re basically a helicopter parent for dehydrated snacks. Depending on the weather and the type of food, drying times can vary from several hours to a couple of days. Patience, grasshopper.

Dehydrating Specific Foods:

Red and Green Chiles:

Preparation: Wash and dry the chiles. Slice them into rings or halves, removing seeds if desired. Fun fact: Spicy foods can increase your metabolism by up to 8%! Drying Time: Chiles typically take 1-2 days to dry completely. They should be brittle and break easily when fully dehydrated.


Preparation: Wash and dry the tomatoes. Slice them into ¼ inch thick slices or cut cherry tomatoes in half. Did you know tomatoes are technically a fruit? Mind blown. Drying Time: Tomatoes can take 1-3 days to dry. They should be leathery and pliable when done.

Popular Herbs (e.g., Basil, Oregano, Thyme):

Preparation: Rinse herbs and pat dry. Remove leaves from stems if they are large. Herbs can improve memory by up to 75%. Okay, I made that up, but it sounds good! Drying Time: Herbs generally dry within 1 day. They should crumble easily when touched.

9. Enjoy Your Dehydrated Food:

Once your food is sufficiently dried, remove it from the dehydrator and store it in an airtight container. Congrats! You’ve just saved the planet one dehydrated snack at a time.

This DIY food dehydrator is an easy and cost-effective way to preserve your favorite foods using just a few household items. Happy drying, and remember, every little bit helps in the fight against climate change!