Luigi Ballerini (born 1940 in Milan), currently living in New York and Los Angeles, is an Italian poet, professor of modern and contemporary Italian Literature at UCLA and a historian of gastronomy. He is the father of actor Edoardo Ballerini.
He has published several anthologies of American and Italian Poetry. La rosa disabitata in 1981, Shearsmen of Sorts in 1992 and The Promised Land in 1999. In this same year, he also published the anthology of Gertrude Stein under the title La sacra Emilia e altre poesie.
He also translated into Italian the works of Henry James, Herman Melville, William Carlos Williams, James Baldwin and Kurt Vonnegut. He is also known as a cooking historian. He edited Pellegrino Artusi's Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well and Maestro Martino's The Book of the Culinary Art.
In 1992 he was awarded the Feronia Prize for Poetry.