After University, Attilio was determined to stay in London and while scouring the newspapers for a job he spotted an ad that was - in one respect - right up his street.
'Shots' were looking for an Italian speaker to join their editorial staff.
He admits that he didn't know anything about advertising but this wasn't as much of a disadvantage as he imagined it would be... or indeed as it ought to have been!
It proved a fantastic way to learn about the business and after five years there, he was incredibly well informed and equally well connected.
After a brief stint working at one of DAVID's putative rivals... about which, the less said the better, Attilio began working at Hotspur & Argyle and had to adjust to the very different relationship you have with the industry when people no have a reason to court you.
That said, Attilio enjoyed the challenge and found that many of his industry relationships survived his transition from journalist to rep: "If anything, I got to meet even more people. In a way, people that I knew helped me out in meeting others and expand my circle of contacts."
A fruitful stint at Great Guns followed: "Laura [Gregory] was one of the people that I didn't really know personally. And then we met over a coffee and it was love at first sight.
"Honestly it happened so quickly. We met in the morning, and then by the afternoon she had offered me a job. Just like that. Laura is very much like that. She is very determined."
According to Hughie Phillips, Attilio's move to MindsEye came at exactly the right moment in the company's development: "We've got to a point where we are well respected within the industry, but we're still a young company. And we're still at the beginning of our journey. We've got a lot further to go.
"In the short term, it's about just getting our existing roster as busy as possible. And in the short to medium term, we're going to be expanding our roster, and in the longer term, we're looking to expand into foreign markets, specifically the US."
And there's little doubt that Attilio Gianfrancesco has the charm and the experience to help navigate MindsEye on this voyage.
To experience Attilio's charm for yourself, contact him on 020 7636 4100 or email him using firstname.lastname@example.org.