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Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part Two below…


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We talked extensively about renovations in Part One. More specifically, what do you think are the most important aspects of a kitchen space?
Number one: a kitchen needs to be practical. Having a good flow from the oven and fridge is important.




How long have you lived with ILVE? Having lived with them, what sets ILVE products apart from others?
We’ve lived with ILVE for about two months now. We absolutely love the 900 Wide Oven [Model featured is the HP95CDT Cooktop; 900 STC Oven], which allows enough room to cook for my massive family! I also love the flush mount gas cooktop – so sleek!

Do you have a favourite recipe to make in your oven?
After living without an oven for six months prior to this renovation, I just can’t get enough of the classic roast dinner – especially roast beetroot!




Who would you most want to have over for dinner and why?
Mick Fanning. Before The Block we travelled around South America. In Brazil, we ran into Mick Fanning and he ended up making us dinner in his holiday apartment! We’d love to return the favour.

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Live With ILVE: Renovations and Kitchens

In this two-part interview with renovations experts Kyal and Kara Demmrich, they offer some tips on renos and talk about the key aspects of a kitchen space. Read Part One below…


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Could you tell us a bit about your most recent project, in Toowoon Bay, on the NSW Central Coast?
As most people who know us are aware, we’re just a little obsessed with property and renovating! About two years ago, we purchased a beach shack with plans of knocking over and building a big family home (no, the asbestos shack is unfortunately not worth renovating!). Not long after, we also sold our very first home. After working on plans in collaboration with an architect for our beach shack rebuild we realised we just weren’t ready to build our ‘forever home’.

We started looking for good investment renovations to work on and this great house in Toowoon Bay came on the market! It was half-renovated by previous rental tenants, who had stripped the house bare when they left. Plenty of investors were looking at it for land value only, however we saw the potential in the brick bones! With side driveway access, we also saw the potential to build a second dwelling out the back. With the goal of inspiring others, we have documented the whole renovation, build, and transformation process, which you can view at Our goal has been to create a timeless beach house with plenty of character – and we’re almost there.

We’ve been living in the renovation the whole way through, and dealing with morning sickness [at the time of writing, Kara was in her final trimester] has certainly added a new set of challenges to renovating!




What piece of advice would you give to first-time renovators?
Always remember what your goal is when renovating. Are you renovating your forever home, or are you renovating an investment property? Are you renovating to sell, live in, or rent? You’ll make smarter decisions when it comes to budget and finishes if you have a clear vision and goal in sight. If you’re unsure, doing some market research and seeking advice i.e. from a real estate agent will ensure you’re on the right track.




We interviewed you in 2014 and asked about interior design trends. What trends are hot right now and what do you foresee as being big in 2017?
Marble and marble-look composite products are certainly here to stay – with the trend still going strong in both benchtops and splashbacks. We’ll also see a re-emergence of kitchens with colour! Everyone loves a white kitchen, however it can often be the safe option. Think: deep blues, turquoise, or even some soft pastels! Benchtop profiles are also becoming thinner and more refined. Feature handles are going to be big, too. With so many options, handles are a great way to make a statement. Think: leather, shapes, and timber.

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Live With ILVE: Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni Pilu, owner of Pilu at Freshwater and friend of the brand, not only lives with ILVE but is also a revered chef. So it only made sense that we interviewed him about cooking and appliances before he recently jetted off to Italy!
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Why do you love cooking with ILVE, Giovanni?
I love the efficiency and power of commercial equipment that has been beautifully crafted for domestic use.

What’s your favourite ILVE appliance in your kitchen?
Our Freestanding Six-Burner and Teppanyaki Plate, with 1200 Oven below it
[Model Number: PN120FNP-NX Nostalgie Cooker with Chrome].

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Yes, we’ve heard you like to cook on your ILVE Teppanyaki Plate! What’s your favourite meal to make using it?
A simple dish of Bruschetta, using good quality sourdough drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and toasted on the plate, topped with grilled zucchini and goat’s cheese. Or bacon and eggs on the weekend!

We’d be ecstatic with either of those! How has living with ILVE changed the way you cook at home?
It means I’m more likely to entertain at home; the equipment is a pleasure to use and I love showing it off to my guests.

Giovanni Pilu introducing dinner

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what’s your top tip for throwing a dinner party at home?
I have a few for you. Sharing, sharing, sharing! Keep it simple. Place a large pot of food in the middle of the table. Also, give your friends a drink when they arrive, then get them to gather round the island bench and help with dinner prep.

Watch our exclusive collaboration with Giovanni here.

Images 1 + 3: Attila Szilvasi

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.


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


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

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

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.


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!

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:



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 or call 1300 694 583.

Dish Fulfillment

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!


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:


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!


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.


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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.

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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

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