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Giovanni Pilu

Celebrity Chef

Giovanni Pilu is passionate about authentic Italian cooking, particularly the unique flavours of his birthplace, Sardinia.

Giovanni came to Australia in 1992 after meeting his wife and business partner Marilyn when she was holidaying in Sardinia. He opened his first restaurant in 1997, presenting a broad Italian menu and slowly introducing Sydney diners to Sardinian specialties. Since opening the beachfront Pilu at Freshwater in 2004, Giovanni has expanded his Sardinian repertoire, cooking more of the food that’s in his blood and close to his heart. Pilu at Freshwater was awarded two hats in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Awards.

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Your recipes Giovanni are a testament to your expertise in the kitchen. I just love the Spaghetti al Vongole dish, as much as my own Italian mama's Pasta alla Marinara. Can't wait to try the Lamb; great idea with pancetta covering. Bravo Giovanni!