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ILVE favourite Giovanni Pilu (of Pilu at Freshwater) is the Fantastic Foodie in our ILVENISTA campaign! He’s so fantastic, in fact, that he’s served up five hot tips for dinner party hosts below.

SIMPLE PLAN
One of the most important things is simplicity, otherwise you’ll spend all night in the kitchen. If your menu gets too fancy, your guests will be teasing you while they’re drinking their cocktails: “Hey, how’s it going in there? Having fun?!” If you go for dishes that you can sort of pre-prepare – pasta, pizza, salad – when everyone arrives you can just put stuff in the middle of the table, get out of the kitchen, and enjoy!

And so it begins!

And so it begins!

DISH FULFILMENT
It’s worth keeping in mind that you may have a vegetarian or someone with a food allergy or someone who doesn’t eat fish (or all three) at your dinner party. I always try to do three or four dishes: a vegetarian pasta, a meat course, and a fish course – that covers virtually everybody who’ll be showing up.

SHARE PLAY
A dinner party is about sharing and bringing people together. The best part about sharing is that it’s also an ice-breaker: it allows people to interact in a relaxed way. Chill, share, eat, talk.

Another successful dinner party in the books.

Another successful dinner party in the books.

RED, WHITE, AND FOOD
I’m not great with wines, so I look to match food with a wine that comes from the same region. You need at least two wines – one white and one red. Nothing too big or strong, so you can drink it without food.

CHEESE DREAMS
A lot of people finish with cheese but I love to start with cheese and crispy bread. It can be as simple as ricotta or you could even go for something aged – Parmigiano-Reggiano is unbeatable.

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