How to seat and feed your friends in a stylish, relaxed way!

A collection of autumn berries and a lit candle in a jar.

The Italian Job

How to seat and feed your friends in a stylish, relaxed way.

If there’s one thing I love of the Italian life style is how easy they bring friends together around a glass of wine and a bowl of pasta.

Casual, stress free and most often than not impromptu, is at the core of these informal get togethers. So here is a quick and super easy way to a fun packed evening.

For a BOLOGNESE the Italian way and an Aperol spritz!

You will need:

  • Half a teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stems
  • 750g of beef mince (pork is a good alternative)
  • 8 cans of tomato
  • Half a teaspoon of sugar
  • 3/4 vegetable stock cubes
  • Salt
  • Pasta (whatever takes your fancy)
  • Parmesan
  • Aperol
  • Prosecco
  • Ice
  • A smuttering of frozen berries


Start with a glass of Prosecco!

Add half a teaspoon of olive oil in a largish pan. Chop 2 onion, gently fry till turning nice and honey coloured. Chop 2 carrots and 2 stems of celery and add to pan.



Gather SoloStools and DueBenches around the table for comfortable seating.

Add the mince and beak it down as you mix it in with the vegetables.Keep stirring till browned all over. Crumble a stock cube with your fingers and mix it in. Add the can of tomatoes, add half a teaspoon of sugar and stir.


Cut a few stems of berries from the garden and pop them in a jar on the table. They are super vibrant at the moment and will bring lots of colour.


Get a large pan of water for the pasta, salt it and bring it to boil.

Keep stirring the sauce and add sparkle to your table by bringing lots of wine and Prosecco glasses, lower the lights (table lamps are great for setting the mood) and get some candles flickering.

Crumble 2/3 stock cubes to taste into the sauce and stir. Add pasta to the boiling water. Let the Bolognese sauce simmer and reduce. Check for taste. Add salt or another stock cube if it needs more taste. Grate the Parmesan.

Pour 2 fingers of Aperol into a nice tall glass and 3 of Prosecco, mix and add a few frozen berries and ice.

Drain the pasta and keep half a cup of the water it was cooked in. Pour the pasta into a big bowl with the bolognese and the cup of water you saved and stir well. Bring to the table with the Parmesan.

Buon appetito!


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