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When it comes to bringing people together with wow-factor sharing dishes, the Italians really know a thing or two. These lovely centrepieces are fantastic for a special occasion, or if you just want to spoil friends and family with a spectacular feast.

The is as good as classic Italian centrepieces get. Spit-roast piglet gets an oven-friendly makeover in this recipe, which uses boneless pork. This delicious dish can be made in advance, so it’s ideal for serving at large get-togethers.

A beautiful bubbling chicken dish, this just ticks away in the oven, absorbing all the flavours of olives, anchovies, rosemary and red wine. Serve in the middle of the table with some crusty bread and a fresh green salad.

Sticky, roasted root veggies on creamy polenta, served with a wild mushroom sauce and horseradish crème fraîche. This dish is a joyful celebration of colour and flavour – and proves that not all Italian centrepieces have to be meaty.

Leg of lamb stuffed with olives, bread, pine nuts and herbs – give this beauty a whirl for a blinding Sunday lunch. The potatoes sit under the roasting joint and pick up all those lovely lamb juices – it’s magic.

Grilled and roasted pork flavoured with fennel, chilli and rosemary. You can serve this stunner as a hot roast or as cold cuts. The grilling adds a fantastic smoky flavour and the slow cooking gives a lovely soft texture.

You simply can’t go wrong with this delicious rich ragù of beef cheek. Serve with mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, crusty bread or even pasta.