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The ILVE Story

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Ever wondered how one of Italy’s premier appliance brands got its start in Australia? Look no further!

 
The story of ILVE begins in 1952. Founded in Campodarsego, near Venice, the business was dreamed up by two visionary friends, Mr Illotti and Mr Berno. With their passion for food and their collective manufacturing skills, the brand’s ethos was simple: develop commercial-quality cookers for local restaurants as a way of indulging their passion for fine food.

When it came to naming the brand, rather than use a family name to identify the heritage of the business, the title of ILVE is instead a simple Italian acronym: I – Industria, L – Lavorazione, V – Veneta ,E – Elettrodomestici. This translates in English to ‘Industrial standard electrical appliances made in Venice.’

As ILVE grew in popularity, Messrs Illotti and Berno moved on from solely producing commercial cookers, officially introducing domestic cookers to Europe in 1965. From there, ILVE continued to make its mark as a luxury appliance brand in both homes and businesses.

After 29 years in charge, the time came for Illotti and Berno to pass ownership of the business onto their sons, a change that took place in 1983. In fact, the sons of the two pioneers still run the company today, maintaining ILVE’s 100 per cent family-owned status.

A mere year after the business was passed down from fathers to sons, ILVE arrived on our shores, introducing a unique European style and unrivalled level of quality to Australian homes for the first time.

ILVE’s innovative spirit has only strengthened since it became available in the Australian market, with the years that followed bringing with them a series of exciting developments for oven models – culminating in all ILVE electric ovens earning European Energy “A Class” ratings.

From 1952 until now, ILVE’s dedication to quality appliances and service has never ceased. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we continue to evolve.

Product Feature: ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate

ILVE Majestic Cooker in Antique White featuring a Tepanyaki Plate

Foodies and fans of Japanese cuisine, rejoice! With ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate, you can turn your kitchen into an authentic Japanese dining experience.  

No longer a humble kitchen appliance, the oven has become a beloved feature in the kitchen of any ardent home cook. With passion and expertise, ILVE is dedicated to bringing revolutionary and thoroughly modern touches to their range of ovens. ILVE’s Tepanyaki Plate is a perfect exemplification of this mission.

Introduced in 2008, the Tepanyaki Plate is an oven-top feature dedicated to delivering Japanese-style cooking in the home. The beauty of this kitchen masterpiece is the diversity, ease and healthy way in which it can cook all your favourite dishes.

The idea for the Tepanyaki Plate was conceived by the designers from the ILVE factory while on a business trip in Sydney. While being entertained at a local Tepanyaki restaurant, the designers were impressed and inspired by the innovative cooking style. Legend has it that the plans for the first domestic Tepanyaki designs were drawn up on an airline napkin on the flight back to Italy!

Naturally, the range features ILVE’s renowned handcrafted commercial quality, bringing an authentic touch of Italy, and now Japan, to any Australian kitchen.

For more information on our ovens with the Tepanyaki Plate feature, visit our website at http://ilve.com.au/, call us on 1300 694 583 or drop into one of our showrooms.

Product Feature: ILVE’s G5 Cooktops

ILVE is continuing to revolutionise the way we cook with the safer, smarter and more efficient G5 range of induction cooktops.

By re-engineering the classic circular inductors, ILVE’s 5th generation of high-end induction cooktops have an exciting array of modern and stylish features.

The innovative G5 cooktops have a square inductor panel included in their sophisticated design. This helpful feature rapidly maximises the space and cooking proficiency of your cooktop, giving you faster and superior meals each time you cook!

With minimalist lines and stylish KeraBlack+ glass, these adaptable cooktops not only fit with any kitchen’s style, but they also possess a timeless elegance. In addition to its aesthetic superiority, the G5 boasts advanced safety features like residual heat signals and child-safe control panels. This is one of the safest ways of cooking, as there is no heat being produced on the cooking surface.

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The G5 range is made even savvier by the inclusion of a slider touch control with direct access to 11 different heating levels. Temperature control for the cooktop is immediate, and the heat is evenly spread over the bottom of the pan. The ILVE induction elements also include booster zones to further minimise heat-up times.

Other fundamental factors of the G5 cooktop include the ergonomic central positioning, which allows more space for pots and pans. An auto-stop function, which will trigger after 10 hours, is also standard, and a temperature-limiter is in effect in the event of boil dry.

ILVE’s G5 range of induction cooktops ensure the utmost safety in your household and also guarantee complete efficiency in your cooking!

ILVE G5 Induction cooktops are available in five different sizes (59cm, 70cm, 78cm, 90cm, 91cm). They 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.

Introducing ILVE’s 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven

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At ILVE, we’re known for our impressive collection of top-of-the-line products. We’re continuing this proud legacy by expanding our built-in appliance range with the release of the larger 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven. User-friendly and technologically advanced, this model is a perfect addition to any home!

The features of the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven include a spatial capacity of 123L, giving you enough room to whip up any culinary delights you may desire. The double fan with heating elements also provides superior heat distribution in the generous oven space, creating a lack of oven ‘hot spots’ and generating ideal, multi-level cooking each time you use the oven.

Further taking advantage of the model’s substantial room, the full-cavity width grill utilises a heat reflecting surface that allows for the grilling of an oven that’s full of food. With six possible grill positions and 13 different oven functions, the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven has got your culinary needs covered, from pizza to homemade bread. But it gets better: the low energy consumption of the 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven means you can cook practically guilt-free!

While the cooking functions of an oven are vital, the cleaning of the appliance is of the utmost importance as well. One of the most distinctive features of the oven is the pyrolytic cleaning function. For quick cleaning, simply set the pyrolytic cycle at the end of cooking. This function raises the oven’s temperature to 475°C, which incinerates any food residue on the oven walls. At the end of the cycle, just wipe the
oven’s walls with a damp cloth to eliminate any remains.

For easy cooking and even easier cleaning, say goodbye to heavy chemicals with harsh odours, and say hello to pyrolytic!

ILVE’s ILCO7613P 76cm Pyrolytic Electric Oven has an RRP of $4,999. For more info, visit www.ilve.com.au

Renovations Celebration

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What better way to show off a renovation than with a celebration? To commemorate our recently refurbished Brisbane Showroom, we invited a select group of local journalists, interior designers and architects for an exclusive walk-through of our new space.

For a special reveal of our Showroom, we asked Brisbane-based media and industry professionals to view the new space, as well as check out our extensive array of ILVE products on display.

As well as showing off our new look, our guests were also treated to a retelling of ILVE’s history as a brand. Queensland’s State Manager, Mark Tebbutt, was on-hand to answer questions with his expert knowledge of all things ILVE, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

To top off the afternoon, attendees were also treated to a product demonstration in the Showroom’s working kitchen. Our in-house home economist Steve Marsh whipped up lunch in an ILVE oven, serving up a delicious spread of roasted meats, salads, fresh seafood, hearty pasta, sweet desserts and plenty of wine.

The fun had to end sometime though, and to make the afternoon even sweeter, our guests were gifted with ILVE goodie bags, with extensive product information and a DVD featuring recipes by Giovanni Pilu.

With a walk-through this fun, we think we should renovate our showrooms more often!

ILVE Presents: Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Finalists

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The annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (NIFW) is coming up in May, and we’re already in the spirit! Throughout February, more than 18 home cooks battled it out across Australia in the State Finals of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition.

Proudly sponsored by ILVE for the fifth year in a row, the exciting State Finals for the competition were held at each of our showrooms. With our top-of-the-line products available for our contestants to whip up their masterpieces in, some truly mouth-watering dishes were produced. The State Final judges, including NIFW Director Jim Berardo, followed this culinary journey around the country, sampling each recipe the contestants had to offer. Did somebody say, “Dream Job”?

As difficult as it was to choose, winners eventually had to be crowned. You can meet the talented State Finals champions right here before they go on to battle in the Grand Final:

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Beth McMillan will be representing NSW & ACT. Here she is with her dish: Twice Cooked Duck Marylands with Anchovies.

Missie Austwick

Our winner for Tasmania is Missie Austwick! She cooked a Beef Steak, Bacon and Oyster Pie that we’re just dying to try as the weather cools down.

John Beaney

Representing Victoria is John Beaney, who cooked this divine dish of Bocconcini Meatballs.

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April Kopf was chosen as WA’s representative, her winning dish was an amazing serving of Shakshuka.

Louise Di Virgilio

Here is the SA winner, Louise Di Virgilio! Her dish of King Prawn Linguine was too good to resist.

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Jacqui Smyth’s classic dish of Fish and Chips won her the QLD title, and it’s not hard to see why!

The sensational Grand Final of Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition will take place on Sunday, May 17 at NIFW. We’re looking forward to seeing which brilliant home chef will come out on top!

For tickets and further information on the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, visit their website here: http://www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

Product Feature: ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding Range

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For those who need an oven that is as functional as it is stylish, we’ve got the model for you! ILVE’S Majestic Freestanding range encompasses some of our most luxurious and technologically advanced models.

With a classic-cum-contemporary look, the Majestic Freestanding models are kitchen centerpieces that are sure to demand attention. Featuring the same cooktop options as the ILVE Quadra range, these exceptional cookers will compliment any kitchen, and its chef.

With several innovative configurations for added kitchen safety – from the cool touch athermic door handle, triple-glazed glass for cooler door temperatures and integrated twin cavity cooling system – ILVE creates a carefree cooking experience.

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.

Apart from their functional features, the distinctive style of the Majestic Freestanding Ovens ensures that they stand out in the marketplace. To enhance their sense of style even further, ILVE offers customers the chance to create a customised look. Choose between one of eight colours, including the Burgundy, which shares a similar aesthetic with 2015’s most prominent colour, Marsala (also the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015). Finish off the look with brass, chrome or bronze fittings, and select from five available sizes (70cm, 90cm, 100cm, 120cm and 150cm). Also available are matching range hoods with infrared heat lamps.

Always innovative and creative, ILVE continues to provide unrivaled design, choice and functionality to the kitchen.

ILVE’s Majestic Freestanding Ovens are on display in ILVE showrooms and selected retailers.

ILVE Celebrates With Stellar Wine Cellar Collection

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The festive season has just gotten a little more exciting with the release of our new Wine Cellar and Beverage Centre collection!

Combining style and quality, the collection has been designed with ILVE’s trademark sophisticated aesthetic in mind. Functionally, each of the four products allows wine and beverages to be kept at their ideal humidity and temperature to guarantee their quality is maintained.

Created in collaboration with Vintec, the four-piece range consists of both a Single and Dual Zone Wine Cellar, and a Beverage Centre to accompany the built-in wine cellar.

Living up to its name, the Single Zone Wine Cellar facilitates the storage of up to 40 Bordeaux bottles at a single temperature, between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius and a humidity of approximately 70%. The Dual Zone Wine cellar allows for greater flexibility in the storage of wine with a temperature zone that can be set between 6 and 22 degrees Celsius, meaning you can create a perfect storage space for both red and white wines simultaneously!

Just in time for the festive season, the Beverage Centre has been created to house up to 100 beer cans or bottles – enough to cater any holiday party. This makes it the ideal product for saving precious fridge space when those summer gatherings roll around!

Summer provides ample opportunities 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

Char-grilled zucchini and mozzarella piadine

“Piadine or Piada is a thin Italian flatbread, typically prepared in the Romagna. The dough was traditionally cooked on a terracotta dish (called teggia in the Romagnolo dialect), although nowadays flat pans or electric griddles are commonly used.” – Wikipedia

Serves 6 – 8 as a light meal

Cooking time 35 minutes

If you have time, rest the dough in the refrigerator overnight

 

Ingredients

3 1/3 Cups 00 Flour

100g melted butter

Rice bran oil for brushing

2 buffalo mozzarella (200g each), coarsely torn

Coarsely torn basil, to serve

 

Marinated zucchini

3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthways on a mandolin

120ml extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 small red chillies, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

 

Method

Combine flour, butter and 2 teaspoon sea salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix to combine. With motor running, gradually add 200ml hot water, then knead until smooth and elastic (2-3 minutes).

Meanwhile, for marinated zucchini, preheat a char-grill pan over high heat, brush zucchini slices on both sides with a little oil and char-grill in batches, turning once, until tender and golden (1 minute each side).

Heat remaining oil in

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Preheat oven to 120°C. Divide dough into 6 pieces and, working with one piece at a time, roll out into a rough 3mm-thick rectangle, brush both sides with a little olive oil and cook on tepanyaki plate over high heat, turning once, until golden (2-3 minutes), then place on an oven tray lined with baking paper and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining dough.

 

Serve piadine scattered with marinated zucchini, mozzarella and torn basil.

 

ILVE appliances are available from selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally.

For more information log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 MY ILVE (69 4583).

 

CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY DESSERT PIZZA

Here is a sweet holiday treat straight from our talented showroom cooks!

Chocolate and Raspberry Dessert pizza

 

Ingredients pizza dough:

3 cups 000 flour (plain flour can be used)

1 teaspoon salt

1 sachet dried yeast (approx 7g or 2 teaspoons)

1 cup warm water

3 table spoons olive oil

Dough will make 3 pizza’s

 

Toppings

3-4 Tablespoons nuttella

¾ cup frozen or fresh raspberries

½ cup shredded coconut

¾ cup chocolate cake crumbs

¼ cup raw sugar

Raspberry couli and cream, to serve

 

Method:

1) Preheat pizza stone turn oven to mode 1, place pizza on shelf position 2 and set thermostat to 250ᵒc, allow 15mins to heat the stone.

2) Place the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl, make a well in the centre

3) Add the combined water and oil and mix to a thick paste. (You may need some additional water)

4) Transfer to a work bench dusted with some additional flour and knead with the ball of your hands.

5) Roll out dough and top with your favourite toppings.

6) Spread the nuttella over the prepared and rolled pizza dough; arrange the raspberries evenly over the nuttella.

7) Combine the coconut, cake crumbs and sugar in a bowl and mix to form a crumble,

8) Spread on the top of the berries keeping about 2cm in from the outside edge of the dough.

9) Bake in the oven on pizza stone for 6-7 minutes or until browned and crisp

Serve hot with raspberry couli

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