Meet full-time dreamer Allegra Pomilio
We are thrilled to introduce you to Allegra Pomilio.
She is a photographer, writer, home-cook, and host/producer of culinary gatherings and events, but also a tireless traveller, an antique hunter, and an enthusiast of all things aesthetically profound.
She grew up ‘’free as a bird’’ in the Italian countryside. She studied photography in Africa, England, and The United States but her love for the culinary world made her move to France and work for almost two years alongside Mimi and Oddur Thorisson.
After that period in France, she began pursuing her dream of being able to do all that she loved in one single location – and that dream became a reality with Mèlisses, a hospitality and culinary project she runs on the Greek island of Andros.
Every year she collaborates with chefs, photographers, stylists, and bloggers to curate unique culinary gatherings.
1. If you could prepare a meal for anyone, who would it be and what would you make?
It would be for my great grandmother Maria Antonietta (whose name is also my second one).
We all called her “Memetta” and she was the greatest home-cook of all times. She spoiled my father with her great dishes to the point that he would only eat “her” food.
I met her when I was just a kid, and too young to remember her, or her food well enough. I jealously treasure a copy of her handwritten recipes passed down to me by my grandmother Giovanna. I often cook from her recipes, mostly “by the eye,” as she recommends.
I would probably cook for her something different than Italian food. Maybe a duck “Parmentier", a recipe I learnt during my years in France.
A comforting meal, similar to many Italian dishes and yet, completely surprising.
2. What’s your first memory of your love for cooking?
I’ve always loved cooking, since elementary school really. Baking was my favourite thing and my mother always encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen.
My dad on the other hand, has always been the real “Gourmand" of the family. He pushed me to taste different flavours and cuisine in the most authentic way.
I remember when I was about eight years old, we attended a professional patisserie class. It was obviously a short-course intended for pastry chefs, definitely not for children, but he didn’t care much. He lied about my age and his skills in order to get in and once inside, all we cared about was the final dessert tasting (of desserts mostly made by others).
The teacher also had the naive idea of leaving a whole bowl of chocolate ganache next to our table which disappeared in less than an hour.
“We thought it was meant for us!"
We still laugh about it…
3. What would be your perfect day? Plan it out from waking up to bedtime.
My perfect day would start with a cup of hot water infused with lemon peel and bay leaf, a Sicilian classic “acqua e alloro” to sip slowly in bed.
Then, I would say there is only one way to start the day, and that is with a great breakfast of course. With as many variations of food as possible.
I would then get ready and go for a beautiful walk by the sea here in Pescara, where I often have a late lunch with my family. There are different places we love, but one in particular serves the freshest seafood and it’s right on the sand.
After lunch, I would go for a little drive to one of our villages in Abruzzo where usually there are vintage/antiques markets. I love spending time there and go treasure hunting, especially with my mother Serena, who has the most accurate eye for unique furniture items.
The best part of all, is to drive back home at sunset time and admire “La bella addormentata” slowly appear on our mountains.
Once home, there is no better way to end the day than with an easy aperitivo with friends; maybe watch an old classic together and simply spend some time together.
Lastly, a few looks out of the window while hugging my dog Artù to think about the day and being grateful for it.
4. Funniest kitchen incident?
Once I tried to impress my boyfriend with the perfect truffle fried egg and homemade crunchy sourdough bread.
It was our first meal at home; the sourdough bread turned out flat as a pancake and I broke a bad egg into the pan with the truffles, ending up throwing everything away and simply had to order a pizza instead (which also turned out to be terrible). Let’s just say that cooking under pressure is not my forte!
5. What book has impacted you the most?
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, and Il pranzo di Mosè by Simonetta Agenllo Hornby (bayleaf infused water and lemon is something I discovered through her book).
6. What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?
Mermaids for sure, but I’m sure they exist already... don’t they ? :)
7. If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
I would try and find a way to spend some time with my nonno. There are so many things I wish to tell him, show him. He’d be proud I think…
8. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
The first one would be health for all the people I love.
The second one would be the ability of speaking all languages.
The third one would be something a bit silly, maybe being able to dive like a fish in the deepest waters of the world to find secret submerged treasures or cities.
9. What was the last song you sang along to?
Il mondo by Jimmy Fontana
10. What's your all-time favourite dessert?
An excellent crostata, filled with homemade jam.
11. When you can't sleep, what keeps you up at night?
Dreams, plans, or simply the realisation of time passing too fast.
12. If you could time travel, where would you go?
I would probably go back to my childhood. As kids we see things with different eyes, we find beauty everywhere.
Things I took for granted in the past, I would pay much more attention now.
13. When you were little, what did you want to be? Do you still have the same dream?
I wanted to be a chef, a vet and a stylist. In some ways, I covered all those ambitions ahah.
14. Do you consider yourself a full time dreamer?
Dreaming is my propeller. Intuition, ambition, having a vision for things - they always guide me.
Doesn't Allegra looks beautiful in our Joyful Green Pyjama set?