The waters of the river Po have been inhabited by this fish for so long that Luzzara ended up being named after it. In the past, the town was known as Luciara, which indeed derived from the word Luccio (Pike).

The pike is a freshwater fish, characterized by a mouth reminiscent of a duck beak, with strong and sharp teeth. Due to its predatory nature, its presence in the waters helps maintain the balance of various environments.

This fish is also associated with our culinary tradition, given that one of the most famous dishes is the pike in sauce: it must be boiled and subsequently left to rest for several hours in a sauce consisting of herbs, capers, peppers, vinegar, oil, and gravy, before serving it. It is usually served with toasted polenta (boiled cornmeal) slices.