Setting The Bar With Main Dish's Aundrea Pagni

Setting The Bar With Main Dish's Aundrea Pagni

It’s only fitting that Main Dish is the latest newcomer to the Scottsdale Arts District. When it comes to creative flair, the gorgeous tabletop boutique is on par with many of its nearby galleries—thanks, in large part, to Aundrea Pagni, buyer and showroom manager at the helm of the exquisite shop. “We don’t display by five-piece place settings,” Pagni explains. “I mix and match patterns from different lines, even different brands, for a fresh, unique look.” With the intention that no two tables should ever be the same, Pagni “plays dishes” with her clients, referring to the store’s collection of almost 50 different brands (from the formal-to-everyday range of Bernardaud and Odiot to the artisanship of Puiforcat) to orchestrate one-of-a-kind combinations of plates, glasses, flatware, linens and more. “What I do is very personal, helping people select the pieces they are going to eat from, serve from, and cater to family and friends with on a daily basis,” she says. “So I make sure each client has a very intimate experience, because not everyone entertains in the same way.”

LX: What’s inspiring you now?

AP: Blue! It’s such a timeless color when it comes to dishes and I’m excited to see it resurge in more modern, graphic patterns. The Bleus d’Ailleurs collection from Hermès is a great example of that.

LX: Treasured item:

AP: A platter passed on to me from my great-great-grandmother. I love using it for family gatherings; it’s such a special piece, and brings back different memories for everyone at the table.

LX: Greatest indulgence:

AP: The Joya Spa at Scottsdale’s Montelucia Resort for a massage and a pedicure.

LX: Go-to host gift:

AP: Flowers, but always arranged in a vase so the host doesn’t have to bother. I adore tulips—they are simple, contemporary and traditional all at the same time.

LX: Favorite cities:

AP: Of course, New York, Paris and Chicago, but my absolute favorite place is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I have a lot of family there and
I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the quaint lake town.



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