Our story

Like our ice cream, our history combines
the best of Scotland with the best of Italy.

Read all about the Luca family, our history and
how we came to make and sell ice cream in

The beginning

It all began in the 1890s,
when Luca Scappaticcio set out from his home in Cassino, Italy destined for a life in Scotland.
His passion for cooking secured him a position
in the kitchens of one of Scotland’s more prominent hotels. It was here that he learned
the art of creating luxury ice cream.
By combining this with the knowledge of flavour and texture that he brought with him from Italy,
he was able to create a truly unique ice cream.


In 1908, he and his wife Anastasia opened
the first S. Luca ice cream parlour in the seaside town of Musselburgh on the east coast of Scotland. He wisely chose to name the ice cream parlour S. Luca and not L. Scappaticcio so as not to tongue-tie his customers.


Back then all the ice cream was hand stirred by our grandmother, Anastasia, and, being the days before refrigeration, was kept cool by insulating it with straw and, later, dry ice.


Whilst production and storage techniques have changed, our ice cream recipe has largely remained unchanged. In addition, our ice cream is still produced in the same factory as it was in Luca Scappaticcio's day.