“It could be worse, it could be raining.”

Igor (Marty Feldman), Young Frankenstein

Growing up in a farmhouse near Florence as part of a large family, Lila is a shining beacon of all the best parts of Italian culture. As a youngster, with a pet chicken called Nadine carried around like this season’s hottest clutch, Lila patrolled the farm whiling away the long Italian summers picking tomatoes. A clumsy child, Lila spent a lot of time ‘falling up stairs’, however her seemingly ubiquitous troupe of pet dogs would always be there to pick her up.

If you think that the best olive oil comes from anywhere but Tuscany, don’t voice that opinion to Lila!

A verifiable genius, Lila attended the University of Cambridge where she read History of Art at Magdalene College, among the smallest colleges at the university. Somehow Lila still managed to win the award for ‘Being Away With The Fairies’ as part of the Boat Club, where she maintains her position at Bow was critical and no way decided by her being the smallest in the crew.

Driven by the idea that art presents the most interesting approach to understanding human history, Lila then completed her MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her obsession with early modernism meant that moving to Venice to work at the Peggy Guggenheim was a no-brainer. Art, Venetian cuisine and Aperol Spritz was a call no Italian could resist.

The keys to the perfect Spritz according to Lila are the necessity to have an olive, a slice of orange, not too much ice, and not worry about using fancy wine. It has to cost under £5 also! London has yet to impress Lila with its Spritz offerings.

Not content with making the rest of us already feel like underachievers, Lila also speaks three languages fluently: English; Italian; and French; as well as spending the spring and summer months training for and competing in triathlons.

Oh, did I not mention Lila is also a grade eight pianist? But despite her skills on the ivory, she’s a metalhead at heart, with Iron Maiden, Guns n Roses, and Pantera all registering in her top five bands.