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ILVE: Handmade In Italy

Earlier this month, ILVE and Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and dear friend of the brand, co-hosted an intimate and exclusive dining experience at ILVE’s Sydney Showroom. Guests were seated around a luxurious table setting and treated to Chef Pilu’s Sardinian menu (with matched wines, of course!)

Table setting

Carlo Illotti, ILVE Managing Director (pictured below, on the right), was at the dinner, so naturally ILVE sat down with him between courses to get his views on Italian-Australian relations!

Antonio Ruffatto, ILVE Export Manager (L), and Carlo Illotti, one of the Directors of ILVE Italy (R), with Giovanni Pilu (centre)

Why do you think ILVE has been so successful in Australia, Carlo?
In Australia – thanks to Mr Colbert [Jamey Colbert, Managing Director of ILVE distributor Eurolinx] and our collaboration of more than 25 years – we found a valuable supplier; not just a supplier, actually – we feel like a big family. Our intention is to grow, together, both in the market and in general.

Pilu addresses guests

And why do you think ILVE has become so successful in Australian homes?
Australians pay very close attention to the quality of materials and of designs. Until a few years ago, the design was something that was not so important for household appliances, though people recognised us as a leader in design and in quality, which is what separates ILVE. Another major strength of ILVE is the quality of the end product in the home: the cooking. The cooking aspect is very important: we studied the appliance in its commercial usage, and we then applied what we learnt about commercial appliances to domestic appliances. There is nobody else who has done this in the market. So, to summaries: quality, design, and performance are the keys to our success.

Pilu Team

Finally, what is your favourite ILVE product, Carlo?
The cookers, of course! The cookers are the result of the combination of all our knowledge about cooking.

Canapes

Just to make you jealous, here’s the menu!

Canapés/Aperitif

First Course
Fregola “risotatta” nettles, almonds, lemon and scarlet prawns.

Main Course
Rainbow Trout, garlic cream, rainbow chard and bottarga.

Dessert
Domori dark chocolate delice, almonds and sheeps milk yoghurt.

PHOTOS: Attila Szilvasi

An Evolution In Ovens From ILVE

ILVE does not make the decision to release a new oven range lightly. When ILVE’s products evolve, they do so with substance. Thus, ILVE has taken their time with their latest built-in oven range, consulting with Europe’s leading architects and designers – not to design for just today, but for the future. They create a product that not only you would be proud to have in your kitchen, but one your children would be proud to have in theirs. The exceptional product designs are intended to be timeless, and the advancement of the latest range represents this and more.

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The new series of built-in ovens are the culmination of two years of research and development to bring to Australian kitchens an oven that has the technology, sophistication, and appearance that embodies ILVE’s ethos.

 

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Technology is at the forefront of this new range, which offers customers a new feature we call CHEF-assist’: a colour, TFT touchscreen with smart control panel. CHEF-assist features 11 language settings and over 35 preset recipe modes, enabling the user to perfectly cook any dish for the entire family. To make cooking even more enjoyable, the latest range also offers automatic cooking times, weight presets, and has the brilliant function of automatically changing recipes from degrees to fahrenheit, so temperature conversions and control are easier than ever before.

When it comes to temperature control, the new range has it covered. ILVE’s unique Tangential Ventilation System (TVS) smartly circulates air around the oven to ensure protection of your kitchen cabinetry. This intelligent tangential fan activates and disengages as and when required, ensuring minimal energy consumption and maximum oven efficiency.

 

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The new oven range offers the user more cooking space than its predecessors. This has been achieved by maximising the oven’s full internal size, allowing you more cooking space.

Another feature in the range is the new ULTRA-clean, light grey, nickel-free enamel interior, which is not only easy to clean but also reduces the toxicity of the materials that come in contact with food as it is cooking. In addition to these features, some models boast new S-MOVE soft-closing door technology, so users can gently close the oven door with a simple push, rather than slamming it shut

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All of the glass used in the oven door is thermo-reflective, to ensure a cool front is maintained and even cooking temperatures remain consistent. Bio-Safe Glass Enamel is forged at extreme temperatures, resulting in a smooth, glossy finish impervious to water, acid, and grease formed during cooking. The Bio-Safe Glass Enamel is also used to make the oven baking trays – this ensures uniformity, quality, and cleaning efficiency. The full-size glass door provides a panoramic view of the oven cavity, in its entirety, too.

Each oven cavity in ILVE’s new range is comprised of just one piece. It has no joins or welds, so there is nowhere for grease, fat, and other cooking residue to hide, which means quicker and more thorough cleaning. Each oven has a removable back panel to give the user easy access to the fan, assisting with easier cleaning and maintenance.

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Another genius feature that comes standard in the new oven range is the simple-to-use, easy-release Telescopic oven side racks that can be removed with just one hand and without the need for any tools. The racks are coated with a special metallic alloy to make them dishwasher safe, helping to cut down on cleaning time and clutter in your sink.

When the oven is in the Pyrolytic self-cleaning mode, the temperature of the internal cavity rises to 460°C to incinerate any food residue from the oven walls. The new ovens incorporate a technology known as a fume catalyser, to help carbonise any unpleasant or unwanted odours created during this process.

When it comes to ovens, ILVE is at the forefront of innovation and ensures that every detail, whether small or large, is incorporated in the end product.

The built-in range from ILVE starts at $1,299 to $5,299

ILVE’s Freestanding Ovens

Oven Overload: Part 1

What makes ILVE stand out from the crowd?
This month we’ll be focusing on two very different styles of iconic ILVE ovens and looking at what makes them so special. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we’ll examine the Freestanding range.

For over 60 years, ILVE has been responsible for world-leading, handcrafted ovens from Italy. The brand has never compromised on style or quality, with the entirety of each appliance piece still being hand-assembled in the storied Italian factory.

Freestanding Ovens
ILVE is renowned for its beautifully crafted range of freestanding ovens, which come in three key styles: the Quadra – the brand’s flagship cooker; the Nostalgie – an oven that exemplifies traditional country style as well as the latest in kitchen technology; and the Majestic series – a stunning piece of workmanship that demands attention from even the fussiest of cooks.

Each style is fully customisable, with
the option for an all-gas burner top, induction cooktop, ceramic burners, a teppanyaki plate, a BBQ grill, a deep fryer, or even a simmer plate as add-ons to create the perfect personalised culinary experience.

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All Freestanding ovens from ILVE also incorporate chef-calibre features, including multifunction cooking choices, up-to-110L oven capacity, electric rotisserie, and precision thermostat control that will bring out the passion in any aspiring home chef, no matter how experienced.

ILVE ovens are the ideal solution for busy families and professionals: the quick-start oven pre-heat function heats to 175°C in fewer than eight minutes with simple, accurate, variable temperature adjustment up to 250°C. In short, ILVE puts you in total control of your cooking – looking chic all the while!

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Every detail has been thought of to your make cooking faster, better, and easier – even down to the details of the oven doors! Each oven door is fitted with glass panes treated with a one-off metallic film to reflect heat back into the oven. This not only makes them child-friendly but also results in more efficient cooking. The oven doors also use a commercial hinge that keeps them highly durable and sturdy. This one of a kind technology allows basting directly on the oven door and can hold up to 25kg of weight.

No stone has been left unturned when it comes to oven supremacy. For instance, some brands might be satisfied with one simple thermostat to measure cooking temperatures; ILVE, on the other hand, makes all their ovens with a dual-capillary system. This increases the accuracy and consistency of the cooking temperature, minimising cold and hot spots in the oven to create evenly cooked dishes every time.3

Being a premium brand, ILVE would never simply settle for cheaper aluminium burners on their cook tops. Instead, ILVE uses solid brass rings, as they retain and conduct heat far better and are even backed up by a 25-year warranty – a feature that is unique to the marketplace. To cap it all off, all ILVE ovens are made with 304-grade stainless steel, which is guaranteed not to rust and is anti-bacterial, too.

ILVE’s Freestanding Ovens start from SRP $5,299. For more info: http://ilve.com.au/products/freestanding-cookers/

 

ILVE SXMP Range

ILVE has always been a name synonymous with bringing unique, hand-crafted kitchen appliances to the passionate home cooks of Australia. The SXMP electric built-in oven range is no exception to this, featuring the latest and greatest European styling and cooking functions, and is guaranteed to get foodies in kitchens of all sizes excited.

Re-engineering their classic design, ILVE has once again proven that every oven is a piece of culinary art, with a clean and sophisticated straight-line design. Available in four models ­– 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, and 90cm – every kitchen size is considered, from apartment living through to generous spaces.

Our commitment to continuous technological research and innovation is evident in the SXMP range, with all ovens featuring the catalytic self-cleaning system, which covers 80 per cent of the internal oven cavity. This is sure to make light work in the kitchen for even the messiest of cooks!

With 10+ cooking modes, these ovens also include a recessed full-width grill element, triple-glazed glass door, cool touch athermic door handle, and, of course, a European A+ Class energy rating.

Hand-assembled by master craftsmen from the finest materials, the new SXMP electric ovens are a true statement to ILVE’s ongoing commitment to culinary quality and innovation.

The ILVE SXMP electric built-in ovens are available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally. For more information, call 1300 694 583.

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Play It Again

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Promising the utmost safety in the kitchen, the new Piano Flush Cooktop by ILVE incorporates state-of-the-art innovative technologies that prevent hazards while cooking. The Piano Flush is the ideal choice for skillful chefs, to families with young children, and first time cooks who lack confidence in the kitchen, due to the safety measures it guarantees. With the latest technology in gas cooktops, the Piano Flush utilises forward-thinking technologies such as the automatic re-ignition.

The cooking surfaces will make up to three attempts to re-ignite automatically in the situation of the cooktop’s flame going out. Alternatively, if the cooktop does not ignite, the protection against gas leaks (Gasprotekt) intervenes. Providing confidence when cooking with gas, ILVE’S cutting-edge cooktop utilises a sensor to detect the temperature of each burner when it is turned off, lighting the letter H on the relative digital display until the temperature lowers to a tepid level and allowing the burner to be cleaned.

Design wise, the Piano Flush includes four gas burners, comprising of large, medium and small sizes, front sensor touch controls and cast-iron grills. Offered with the Piano series, the cast-iron grills are designed to provide a styling that is as flush as possible while safeguarding the efficiency of the burners, to avoid dispersion of the heating power of the flame.

For greater protection of solid work surfaces, the thickness of the grills was increased at their external perimeter. As a perfect example of ILVE’s stylish and innovative kitchen appliances, the Piano Flush Cooktop will make an impression on any home cook, due to it’s sleek design, tech-savvy features and by above all, providing the latest safety features for gas cooking.

 ILVE’s Piano Flush Cooktop are available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally. For more information log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 694 583.

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120cm Quadra

ILVE’s dedication to Italian design, function and quality makes for beautiful, handmade products. This superior quality is synonymous with all ILVE products, ensuring that an ILVE oven is no ordinary kitchen appliance.

One of our true classics, the 120cm Double Quadra oven is certainly no exception to this rule. With up to six different cooking surfaces, versatility is the name of the game with this appliance.

The 120cm Double Quadra oven was made with home chefs in mind – with skills at any level – and is both simple and sophisticated enough to suit any user.

With functions to accommodate any dish you’ve been craving, the sky’s the limit.  Here are five dishes we recommend giving a spin in the 120cm Double Quadra oven!

Pizza

Jamie's Pizza

Pizza is an Italian tradition for a reason. Easy to make, with seemingly infinite variations, this carb-y chameleon is a dish that everybody can appreciate.

Why not try this recipe to make pizza from scratch before using the Pizza Cooking function?

Carne Asada Tacos

Tyler's Tacos Carne Asada

The Teppanyaki function on ILVE’s 120cm Quadra is versatile, and the options are endless for what you can fry up!

Carne Asada Tacos are a Mexican culinary delight, with slim strips of steak and plenty of spice! Try it out on the Teppanyaki Plate with this mouth-watering recipe:

Bread

Taste's Olive Bread

Say goodbye to supermarket bread, and say hello to fresh, homemade bread.

This oven has a special Bread Cooking function, meaning you can whip up delicious loaves of your own at home. We’ll definitely be trying this recipe next!

Rotisserie Chicken

The Kitchn Rotisserie Chicken

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own juicy and flavourful Rotisserie chickens at home, you’re in luck with the Quadra!

With Electric Rotisseries in both oven chambers, perfect roasts are at your fingertips. This recipe is one of our favourites!

Cakes

Katherine Sabbath's 'Persian Love Cake'

With oven capacity of 110L in the first oven chamber and 40L worth in the second, show- stopping cakes are a must in the 120cm Quadra oven!

Whether you want layers-upon-layers or a simple sponge, the oven can accommodate every cake recipe. Why not go all-out and use this recipe from Cake Queen Katherine Sabbath? Now THIS is a not-so-guilty pleasure!

To find out more information about our Quadra Range of ovens, visit out website here

Giovanni Pilu & ILVE: A Recipe For Success

Giovanni Pilu, the renowned Owner and Executive Chef of northern Sydney Italian restaurant Freshwater, has been announced as the official ambassador for high-end kitchen appliance brand ILVE.

Sharing a rich Italian heritage, unquestionably high standards, and a passion for all things food, the likeness between Giovanni and ILVE is undeniable.

Ever the innovator, Giovanni’s name has become synonymous with Sardinian and Italian regional cuisine in Australia for years. His passion for using locally sourced ingredients and quality appliances inspires him to create modern and inventive Italian dishes.

 

Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni Pilu

“I am delighted to be on board with ILVE. I love the products and use them every day in my own home kitchen. ILVE’s desire to create products that integrate the latest technology, while also maintaining authentic Italian craftsmanship, is something I certainly identify with,” says Giovanni.

Giovanni’s role will include taking part in ILVE’s latest advertising campaign, showcasing his expertise in Italian culture and cuisine by leading cooking classes using ILVE’s handcrafted products, and sharing how ILVE has made a difference to his life in the kitchen.

There really is no better spokesperson, especially as Giovanni’s gorgeous home kitchen has been given the ILVE makeover treatment.

Giovanni's Kitchen

Giovanni’s Kitchen

Giovanni’s favourite product in his revamped kitchen is his Nostalgie Oven – one that is famous for its traditional country style and excellent performance, a feature that ILVE is particularly known for.

Giovanni's Kitchen

Giovanni’s Kitchen

ILVE has over 60 years of heritage to its name and is dedicated to bringing its unique brand of Italian craftsmanship to a variety of chefs, from the passionate home cook to professional commercial chefs like Giovanni.

“We are thrilled to have Giovanni as our official Brand Ambassador and are thrilled that he loves the ILVE brand as much as we do. Just like us, Giovanni employs the latest technology and trends in his cooking, while also keeping his Italian flair,” says Daniel Bertuccio, Marketing Manager of ILVE.

Check out Giovanni’s restaurant here, and check out the Nostalgie oven range here

Back To Black

There’s a new shade to consider for your home – if you’re bold enough to try it.

In stark defiance to the ubiquitous white-on-white trend that’s been dominating homes for the past few years, black is making its mark. From wall-to-wall darkness to stunning black features, we’ve got a few styling ideas to help you navigate the dark side.

Image via Design Milk

Image via Design Milk

Pitch black and designed to inspire, this space is a perfect example of making this bold look work. The most efficient way to balance out black maximalism is with natural light, and the large windows here ensure there’s a steady flow of light to give life to the space.

The fireplace is also a beautiful juxtaposition between light and dark as well, being both functional and a gorgeous facet of the design.

Image via Sarah Sarna

Image via Sarah Sarna

A slightly brighter alternative, this kitchen manages to be both edgy and open at the same time. The matte black cabinets and island bench correspond beautifully with the Scandinavian grey and white features, and the plants add natural colour to the palette.

Mixing natural light with fresh greenery is the key to success here, taking the look to the light side.

Image via Notre Loft

Image via Notre Loft

For a unique twist on the trend, consider this kitchen, which boasts gloss-black features.

Juxtaposing the sleek modern black cabinets with the rustic charm of the brick walls, this is one home that is excitingly unique.

This amazing aesthetic choice makes the space look futuristic and ahead of the curve. While it may not be a favourite for every family home, this pop of thrilling contemporary design is a surefire way of putting an individualistic stamp on your home.

Image via Most Beautiful Things

Image via Most Beautiful Things

If you love the black-themed trend, but are perhaps too intimidated to go for the head-to-toe look, this sink is a happy medium.

Adding just a touch of cool matte black to the home, the sink seamlessly fits with this space’s classic design. As gorgeous as it is practical, this is a fun and stylish way to keep your home up with the latest kitchen fashions.

LVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black

ILVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black

For homeowners who want to stay on the conservative side of the trend, why not try a show-stopping oven?

The ILVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black is the perfect accessory to provide just a hint of dark artistry to your kitchen. With a classic, stylish design and multiple cooking functions, this is oven is an essential.

We’re fans of the black-on-black scheme, but what do you think?

Let us know below!

Hit The Right Notes With ILVE

Promising the utmost safety in the kitchen, the new Piano Flush Cooktop by ILVE incorporates state-of-the-art innovative technologies that prevent hazards while cooking.

The Piano Flush is the ideal choice for skilful chefs, families with young children, and first-time cooks who lack confidence in the kitchen, thanks to the safety measures it guarantees.

With the latest technology in gas cooktops, the Piano Flush utilises forward-thinking technologies, such as automatic re-ignition. The cooking surfaces will make up to three attempts to re-ignite automatically in the situation of the cooktop’s flame going out.

Alternatively, if the cooktop does not ignite, the protection against gas leaks (Gasprotekt) intervenes. Providing confidence when cooking with gas, ILVE’s cutting-edge cooktop utilises a sensor to detect the temperature of each burner when it is turned off: lighting the letter H on the relative digital display until the temperature lowers to a tepid level, allowing the burner to be cleaned.

Piano Flush Cooktop

Design-wise, the Piano Flush includes four gas burners – comprising large, medium, and small sizes – front sensor touch controls, and cast-iron grills. Offered with the Piano Series, the cast-iron grills are designed to provide styling that is as flush as possible, while safeguarding the efficiency of the burners, to avoid dispersion of the heating power of the flame.

For greater protection of solid work surfaces, the thickness of the grills has been increased at their external perimeter. As a perfect example of ILVE’s stylish and innovative kitchen appliances, the Piano Flush Cooktop will make an impression on any home cook, due to it’s sleek design, tech-savvy features, and, above all, by providing the latest safety features for gas cooking. 

ILVE’s Piano Flush Cooktop is available in selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally. For more information, log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 694 583.

Making A Splash

While trends come and go in the kitchen, there’s one style staple that we can’t seem to shake.

Not only do splashbacks protect the walls in your kitchen against water, grease and dirt, they’re also an effective way to add flair to your kitchen’s aesthetic. There are so many styles to choose from when picking a splashback, and your choice is a great way to show off your personality, as well as complement your oven.

Whether it’s tile or brick, mirror or stainless steel – there’s a splashback for everyone and every oven. We’ve paired some splashback options with our classic ILVE oven models below:

Image via behangfabriek.com

Image via behangfabriek.com

White-on-white has been trending in the home for years now, and with good reason: the style gives an easy and pristine Scandinavian feel to the kitchen. By pairing a Bright White oven with white fittings, like the gorgeous textured splashback pictured, you can display your sense of sophistication (and cleanliness!) in your home.

Image via insideout.com.au

Image via insideout.com.au

Moving along with the monochromatic trend, this black and brick aesthetic is a great mix of refinement and warmth. Picking a tile scheme for a splashback is a fun way to make a functional item new and individual. The pattern here is different to most tile shapes, and gives a funky feel to this home.

To complement this midnight splashback, a Gloss Black Quadra ILVE is a beautiful accompanying piece.

Image via insideout.com.au

Image via insideout.com.au

In stark contrast to the white trend is this modern grey colour combination. Fit for an ever-so-cool kitchen, this smooth concrete splashback is hardy, fashionable and easy to clean. For an oven that matches the steely style of this home, and which also adds a little colour, try an Emerald Green ILVE.

Image via sfgirlbybay.com

Image via sfgirlbybay.com


When it’s time to add some colour to your home, a fresh and summery palette like this one is so on-trend. This printed splashback is an exciting feature in this kitchen, and provides a bit of pizzazz to a space that is too often associated with chores.

When it comes to an oven match, it’s best to let the splashback shine here – and a Stainless Steel ILVE is the right look. As stunning as it is practical, it’s a picture-perfect choice for a room with colourful details.

Much like the concept of splashbacks, ILVE’s ethos has always been based around marrying quality, timeless style, and function. Why not make this ideal pairing in your home?

For more information on our products, log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 694 583.

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