What is your go-to meal when hosting a dinner party?
It depends. I obviously cook a lot of Italian food but lately my favorite is doing tacos paired with champagne.
What are your tips for making an event at a restaurant feel intimate?
I think any event can feel intimate as long as you are surrounded by great friends and family. Most importantly, pick a venue that you love and let that venue do what they do best and you will have a success.
I always try to cook things that can be done ahead of time. But if I don’t, I like people to gather in the kitchen while I’m cooking.
How do you make sure you’re able to cook for and enjoy your guests when you’re hosting at home?
I always try to cook things that can be done ahead of time. But if I don’t, I like people to gather in the kitchen while I’m cooking and sort of graze on snacks before the real meal.
If you could have dinner with 7 people, dead or alive, who would that be?
Too many people to list, but mostly I would want to just be with my closest friends and family.
If someone is dining at Lilia for the first time, what are the must-haves on the menu right now?
We have a lot of dishes that are go to’s for people and have become dishes that will never go away. I want people to enjoy the foods they love. That being said I am told that must haves are:
Cacio Pepe Fritelle, Clams, Mafaldini Agnolotti, Bass, Vanilla Soft serve with olive oil, honey, fennel pollen