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Kitchen of the Week: Minimalism Meets Grandeur at an Italian Villa Turned Hotel

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Kitchen of the Week: Minimalism Meets Grandeur at an Italian Villa Turned Hotel

June 30, 2022

In my dream summer scenario, I’d book a suite at Palazzo Daniele, a 150-year-old villa-turned-hotel, where rooms with soaring, vaulted ceilings and original frescoes are interspersed with courtyards and groves of orange trees.

The 1861 property has been in the family of art collector Francesco Petrucci for five generations; in this century, he partnered with hotelier Gabriele Salini and designers Ludovico and Roberto Paloma of Palomba Serafina Associati to turn it into an Italian retreat. Together—and “inspired by the idea of absence”—the team peeled back every extraneous layer, leaving in place “monastic décor and bare walls” and “nineteenth-century fresco ceilings with cracks,” according to the hotel’s website. “Each room has a different artwork,” some old, some modern (like neon light installations). “Ancient family portraits alternate with works of contemporary art.”
Join us for a look at two of the kitchens at Palazzo Daniele, one communal, the other private.

Photography via Palazzo Daniele.

the striking villa is located in the town of gagliano del capo, just a few mile 9
Above: The striking villa is located in the town of Gagliano del Capo, just a few miles from the very tip of Italy.
the suite apartment, one of several available for rent, features a private kitc 10
Above: The Suite Apartment, one of several available for rent, features a private kitchen. Tiled countertops lend plenty of cook space, with skirted storage below.
the kitchen features a high topped table for morning coffee. here, as throughou 11
Above: The kitchen features a high-topped table for morning coffee. Here, as throughout the hotel, clean lines and bare-bones elements (like a stainless steel shelf) mix with sumptuous old details.
the communal kitchen leads out to the pool. the villa&#8\2\17;s chefs prepa 12
Above: The communal kitchen leads out to the pool. The villa’s chefs prepare meals here, all made from ingredients sourced each day from local farms.
guests are free to sit at the generous stainless steel island (the villa&#8 13
Above: Guests are free to sit at the generous stainless steel island (the villa’s “headquarters,” the team says) and mingle while lunch or dinner is prepared.
or, perhaps, take breakfast in the courtyard. 14
Above: Or, perhaps, take breakfast in the courtyard.

For a full look inside Palazzo Daniele, see Inspired by Absence: Art and Old-World Architecture at Hotel Palazzo Daniele in Italy.

And for more kitchenettes and cook spaces that are worth the trip, see:

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