I'm not a big fan of Martha Stewart, but this meal would be great for any guests, no matter how exalted in the food world.
Pasta with garlic, olive oil, and scallops
Boil a pound of good Italian pasta, drain, return to pan and add a fruity, unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil (amount to taste), a generous amount, of freshly chopped garlic, a bunch of Italian parsley coarsely chopped, and one pound of lighltly sauteed bay sea scallops. Salt and pepper to taste.
Easy and delicious.
Always have good bread to sop up the sauce.
Salad of fresh field greens
Salad of field greens and herbs lightly dressed with fresh oil and vinegar.
The perfect end to an Italian meal.