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:

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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.

Form and Function

Leading technology and premium performance for kitchens of all sizes

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

Re-engineering a classic design, we’ve once again proven that every oven we create 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.

Continuous technological research and relentless innovation is evident in the SXMP range, with all ovens featuring the catalytic self-cleaning system (covering 80 per cent of the internal oven cavity), which 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.

Check out the SXMP electric built-in oven range in one of our showrooms, or on our website.

 

Must Have: ILVE Combination Microwave Ovens

 

Combining maximum commercial cooking power with unrivalled engineering, ILVE’s Quadra PDW 100 Series offers a versatility of cooking options that maximises, and enhances, your kitchen space.

It’s always been one of ILVE’s primary aims to provide home chefs with cutting edge cooking technology, encouraging customers to feel confident enough to prepare gourmet cuisine in their own kitchen.

After releasing their first Combination Microwave Oven to wide acclaim in 2010, ILVE’s impressive range includes a 100cm freestanding option, as well as a 60cm multifunction oven paired with a 40cm Combination Microwave Oven. Those looking at creating a more integrated kitchen design in their home will definitely feel at ease with this configuration.

The combination microwave oven incorporates all the same features as ILVE’s 645LTKCW built-in version, while also having the innovative features of our 60cm multifunction oven – enough to delight any home cook! The Quadra PDW 100 Series features a turbo wave quick start preheating function, going from 0 – 175˚C in only six minutes. You’ll be a master in no time!

Featuring 10 + 6 cooking functions, including convection, drop down grill, forced ventilation, automatic defrost by time and weight, and, of course, microwave capabilities, there is nothing this combination genius fails to master in the kitchen. Further cementing ILVE’s dedication to safe cooking methods, triple glazed cool touch glass door and a child lock are incorporated into this intelligent design.

Available in stainless steel, gloss black or bright white, there is a model that will seamlessly fit into any kitchen design.

For more information log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 694 583. 

Our Three Summer Essentials

Our favourite festivities are coming up quickly, and we couldn’t get through them without these key essentials from ILVE.

With summer upon us, it’s time to get ready for the always-hectic holiday period. The festive season often brings holiday hosting commitments, and unfortunately, organising this can take the fun out of the most wonderful time of the year.

However, with these three cooking essentials from ILVE, you can ensure that you’ll get through the season of sharing, creating and cooking with plenty of joy, and food, to spare!

WINE FRIDGE

ILVE Wine Fridge

First things first, we need a drink to keep us company while we prepare our most impressive festive dishes!

Keep your reds and whites temperature stored to perfection in the ILVE Wine Cellar, an essential summer asset that consists of a single zone wine cellar, a dual zone wine cellar and a beverage centre to accompany the built-in wine cellar.

Designed with ILVE’s sophisticated signature aesthetic in mind, the four products in the Wine Cellar range allow wine and other beverages to be stored at optimum temperature and humidity settings to ensure their finest quality is maintained.

Perfect for any scorching summer day!

MAJESTIC FREESTANDING OVEN

ILVE Majestic

ILVE’s Majestic Freestanding range encompasses some of our most deluxe and technologically advanced models. With a classic-come-contemporary look, the Majestic Freestanding models are kitchen centerpieces that are sure to demand attention, all while cooking a Christmas roast meal to perfection.

With several innovative configurations for added kitchen safety – from the cool touch athermic door handle, triple-glazed glass for cooler exterior door temperatures helped by an integrated twin cavity cooling system – ILVE creates a carefree cooking experience – even throughout the holidays!

Cleaning can be a serious interruption to holiday cheer, but worry no more with an ILVE freestanding oven. Adding to the models’ practicality is the no-fuss cleaning features.

Self-cleaning catalytic liners and roof panels are paired with a non-staining vitreous enamel interior for a low-maintenance cleaning practice, while the oven door is constructed with dismountable inner glass for easy removal.

There are five available sizes in the Majestic (70cm, 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm) with a selection of up to 8 striking colours, making it a perfect fit for any home.

It’s going to be a hot one, so if you can’t stand the heat, get into the kitchen!

 

MYQ WALL MOUNTED BBQ

MYQ WALL MOUNTED BBQ

Our New Year’s resolution for 2016 is to experience life ‘al fresco’, and what better way to take life outside than with the ILVE MYQ Wall Mounted BBQ? Hitting stores in January, this BBQ gives you the ultimate barbeque experience!

With its three gas burners and rotary igniters, multiple ergonomic cooking plate configurations and front control knobs, it can cook your festive feasts with ease.

No matter what kind of home you have, from an apartment to a family home, the MYQ will fit where you need it. The MYQ’s innovative design also allows users to self-install at a personalised height, as well as having a function for easy unscrewing and reinstalling. This makes it ideal for those looking to effortlessly update their outdoor area into an entertaining hot spot.

For more ILVE essentials, check out our website, Facebook or Instagram.

 

What’s Cooking?

Fabulous freestanding ovens from ILVE!

ILVE’s complete cooking range is designed for the serious home cook who demands quality and functional design, complemented by clean lines and timeless aesthetics. The freestanding oven collection is designed to blend in perfectly in today’s kitchen, whatever the style.

Renowned for its world-class cooking appliances, ILVE ovens feature a full internal grill system allowing several dishes to be cooked, grilled or baked at the same time. All freestanding ovens from ILVE also incorporate chef quality features including multifunction cooking modes, up to 110 litre oven capacity, electric rotisserie and precision thermostat control that will bring out the passion in any passionate home chef.

ILVE ovens are also perfect for families and professionals who have little time in the kitchen for preparation, as the Quickstart 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.

 

The Quadra

QUADRA

 

The Quadra 150 Grand Cuisine is, without a doubt, ILVE’s flagship cooker. It pairs the latest technology in cooktops with an unmatched understanding of upright ovens to create a superior cooking experience. With a selection of five different cooking surface combinations, the Quadra 150 Grand Cuisine is no ordinary kitchen appliance.

Choosing the perfect-looking Quadra to suit different cooking styles and kitchen layouts isn’t a problem, as the range is available in three standard colours (Stainless Steel, Gloss Black and Bright White, with other bespoke colours available upon request) and seven sizes (60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm).

For a modern twist on the freestanding oven, ILVE’s PW90FMP (with stainless steel Tepanyaki Plate) will perform and deliver the same results as a restaurant Tepanyaki – the ideal tool to impress dinner party guests.

You can prepare a plethora of courses on the plate quickly and easily, from traditional stir-fry dishes to seafood banquets to delicate crepes for dessert. The 8mm-thick solid stainless steel plate guarantees fast, evenly spread heat.

 

The Nostalgie Oven Range

ILVE Nostalgie Oven

 

The Nostalgie oven range’s trademark traditional country style enriches the look of any kitchen, while still delivering the excellent performance ILVE is known for.

As well as offering all the benefits of a Quadra oven, the Nostalgie range is all about customisation. The collection is available in eight standard colour options, along with the choice of brass, chrome or bronze control knobs and oven door handles.

This wealth of choice adds complimentary and individual touches to this truly unique oven.

 

Majestic Series

ILVE Majestic Range

An ILVE Majestic oven is a true kitchen centrepiece that is sure to demand attention, with bevelled door and control panels, curved edges, multiple cooktop options, seven standard colour options and the choice of brass, chrome or bronze control knobs and oven door handles.

The Majestic series features the same cooktop options as the ILVE Quadra series, but with the addition of extra features, including a storage drawer for kitchen essentials, NEW E3 thermostat, a dual-control WOK burner – for creating the

perfect stir-fry – as well as a roast probe. This genius function allows several large roasts to be cooked at the same time – perfect for a big Christmas cook-up! The automatic ILVE roasting probe is also extremely easy to use. Simply set up the temperature you would like the meat cooked to and the oven will automatically switch off when the meat is cooked to that temperature.

 

Product Feature: ILVE’s Wine Cellar Collection

645 BIWS24 Model

ILVE is making the good times roll this festive season, with its full Wine Cellar and Beverage Centre collection, created in collaboration with Vintec.

Each piece in ILVE’s Wine Cellar collection is undoubtedly a perfect addition to a busy kitchen when entertaining over the festive season.

The four-piece range, which consists of a single zone wine cellar, a dual zone wine cellar and a beverage centre to accompany the built-in wine cellar, promises that your beloved bottles of wine will never spoil again.

Designed with ILVE’s sleek signature aesthetic in mind, the four products allow wine and other beverages to be stored at optimum temperature and humidity settings to ensure their finest quality is maintained.

As the name suggests, the single zone wine cellar enables the storage of up to 40 Bordeaux bottles at a single temperature (between 12 and 16 degrees) and humidity of approximately 70 per cent.

The dual zone wine cellar allows for greater flexibility in the storage of wine, with a temperature zone that can be set between six and 22 degrees, meaning you can simultaneously create the perfect storage environment for both reds and whites.

IVBC 100 L Hinge Open.jpgIVBC 100 L Model

To complement the wine storage options, ILVE has also crafted a sleek beverage centre that can house up to 100 beer cans or bottles – enough to cater even the largest of parties. The beverage centre is ideal for creating space when your kitchen fridge is brimming with festive food.

Summer, and especially the festive season, provide ample opportunity for entertaining, so now is the time to invest in extra wine and beverage storage for your home. With Christmas just around the corner, ILVE’s cellar range presents fantastic gift ideas for budding sommeliers in the family – providing a home for an expanding wine collection.

ILVE’s wine cellars and beverage centre are now on display at ILVE Showrooms and selected retailers Australia-wide. For more info, log onto: www.ilve.com.au

Trend Watch: Open Season

If you’ve been paying attention to kitchen design, you’ll know there’s one trend that everyone has an opinion on. Let’s talk about open shelving.

Open shelving has been a controversial style circulating for a couple of years, peaking in 2014 when the aesthetic made a splash in design magazines and blogs alike. The trend continues to be popular, and for good reason. With different functions from kitchen-to- kitchen, there’s a lot of versatility when it comes to this look.

While still big fans of sleek cabinetry and concealed kitchen storage, we’re on Team Open Shelf for the aesthetic win. Here are the pros and cons of this style, and how to make the look work for you, through the good and the bad:

THE BAD:

Image via ArchDaily

Image via ArchDaily

 

Firstly, let’s talk about the contentious nature of having open shelving in your home. As this earthy space demonstrates, the primary downside to open shelving is, of course, the issue of hygiene – the risk of dust and pesky pests hanging around your display is increased. While this may be the biggest deterrent for consumers considering installing open shelves in their kitchens, the issue is easily fixed with a simple clean and a little extra tender loving care.

THE GOOD:

Image via Bloglovin'

Image via Bloglovin’

 

There are many perks that come with open shelving, particularly regarding the increased storage options and the opportunity to show off art and your cutest kitchen knick-knacks. This kitchen’s owners have made their open storage space a feature wall, displaying functional items like plates, bowls and cups, as well as distinctive accessories like vases and sculptures.

 

Image via Remodelista

Image via Remodelista

Image via Apartment Therapy

Image via Apartment Therapy

 

Not as prominent as the all-white storage wall, but still packing a punch, these colourful shelves are bound to give a kitchen some serious personality. Probably less for utility and installed more for beauty, this kind of shelving is sure to bring out your artistic side.

For us, when it comes to decking out the shelves, our favourite thing to adorn open shelving is a beautiful, shiny appliance!

ILVE Microwave ILVE Microwave

 

ILVE’s IVFSCM34X Microwave is a perfect appliance to show off in your kitchen. As fashionable as it is functional, this product is designed to match perfectly with your choice of ILVE oven. Simple to use and made of the finest materials, with stainless steel used internally, this microwave is easily cleaned and maintained.

With many options to personalise, and a great look to boot, it’s easy to see why the open shelving trend has taken off!

 

For more information on the ILVE IVFSCM34X Microwave, visit out website at http://ilve.com.au/

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