Years ago, I borrowed an Alpha Romeo from a friend and was loath to return it. I was smitten—not with the engine power (there was a lot) but with the tiny design details of the interior handles and knobs. I feel the very same way about Italian ranges; while they might fire up with gusto, it's the knobs and levers that have me enamored. They're well designed as opposed to being mere functional additions. Here's a round up of some good looking Italian ranges.
Above:The Smeg 30 inch Free Standing Range with five heavy duty burners; $2,490 from West Elm. Also available in 24 inch and 36 inch sizes for $2,000 and $2,599 respectively.
Above: The 30-inch Bertazzoni Professional Series X304GGVRO is a pro-style gas range with four sealed burners; shown in red for $3,849 from AJ Madison. Pricing starts at $2,949 for a stainless steel model.
Above: The Fratelli Onofri Pinnacle All Gas Range with five burners is available in stainless or anthracite and is $2,299 at AJ Madison (the anthracite is $3,449).
Above: A cheaper option with five sealed burners is the Bertazzoni Master Series 36 Pro-Style Gas Range; $3,049 from Amazon. If space is a constraint, the 24 inch Bertazzoni Professional Series X244GGV pro-style gas range with four sealed Burners is $2,299 from AJ Madison.
Above: The grande dame: a traditional style dual fuel range, the 60 inch Ilve Majestic Collection UM150FS has five semi-sealed burners and additional options such as defrost function and convection oven. Available in a choice of colors, it is shown here in green with chrome trim for $15,398 from AJ Madison.
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