Meet writer Chad Di Lillo

Chad Di Lillo doesn’t believe in cutting corners when it comes to food.

He grew up in a family full of restaurateurs and shares his own cooking at @thetastyitalian on Instagram.

A published author, poet, trained sous chef and father, Chad creates poetry for people through his site

He’s an avid fisherman and says that, while he’s budget conscious with a family of five, he never sacrifices when buying meat or fish. His argument: If he’s going to spend the time cooking it, it’s going to be worth cooking. "Life is too short to eat sh*tty food," he says.

Tell us a little about your writing background.

I've been writing since I was in grade school and have a passion for elaborating on the imaginary mind. I often write about things that are close to me, or what I know to be true, and then embellish that by 1,000. My first novel, The Mind Within, was published in 2000 and my second novel, Dark Talent, has just completed its final professional edit. Today it's a hobby with the dream to make it a career.

Maine lobster with filet mignon (photo provided by Chad Di Lillo).

Do you travel for food or grow your own food?

When I pick a travel destination, I definitely take into consideration the culinary experience of that destination. When I travel, I take advantage of the places I don’t have the opportunity to visit very often. Truluck’s is one of my favorite restaurants when I'm in Southern California, Miami or Austin. As for growing my own food, I've tried, but the rabbits keep jumping my 10-inch fence.

Do you make it a point to shop for local food?