Viva Verona

verona red gas range If you are remodeling an existing kitchen or designing a new kitchen, you know how challenging choosing a range can be.  The rejuvenation of our 1811 Federal includes replacing an awkward 19th century addition with a new structure that will house the kitchen and dining room. The addition will be an open, two-story space with clerestory windows.  To keep the space bright and cheery, we have decided against installing upper cabinets.  Base cabinets along the perimeter of the space, a central island, and a pair of pantry closets will tackle our storage needs. kitchen 1 kitchen 2

As for cooking, we are interested in a gas range with five burners and side-by-side double ovens.  Double wall ovens would be counter intuitive to our decision to not install upper cabinets.  Instead, we decided that a freestanding gas range with double ovens would be the best option. I love to conduct research and spent countless enjoyable hours reading Consumer Reports, Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchen Design books and stacks and stacks of kitchen design magazines.  I surfed the Internet and visited several appliance showrooms trying to find a reliable, stylish, and budget-friendly range. I even spoke to a local appliance technician who specializes in the repair and maintenance of high-end appliances.  You would be surprised which brands receive the most and costliest repairs. Oh those dastardly circuit boards!! Finally, an Internet search revealed the Verona, a gorgeous 36-inch freestanding gas range with five burners, side-by-side dual fuel ovens, a storage drawer, adjustable legs, and color options.  The price point was under $3,500.  This all sounded too good to be true.

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According to Verona’s website: “The stylish Verona line of ranges, ovens and cook tops are a preferred brand of appliances featured in upscale kitchens throughout Europe since 1958. Each Verona piece is exquisitely designed and manufactured in the suburbs of Venice, Italy and stand as a benchmark for durable and beautiful Italian professional appliances. Verona products are held to stringent standards of quality unsurpassed in the industry. EuroChef USA is proud to offer the Verona line with its many benefits to the US market. The collection offers the consumer a wide range of cooking appliances suitable for any size kitchen. Whether replacing an old unit, building a new kitchen or remodeling an old one, the Verona collection offers professional cooking and luxury that enhances the beauty and quality of kitchens everywhere. With the use of exclusive cooking technology, Verona burners use less fuel and energy than standard burners and provide safe and efficient cooking – from our family to yours… Burner heads are mounted close to the cooking surface to deliver better heat transfer and distribution. High output double and triple ring burners provide even heat across the bottom of cooking utensils for quicker cooking. European convection ovens are equipped with a third fan element that pre-heats the air that is circulated in the cavity to achieve consistent temperature for superlative results. Flame failure safety devices shut off the gas flow in the event the flame is extinguished. This safety feature is not found on domestic models but is standard equipment on all Verona ranges.  Durable and heavy-duty glass doors keep heat and energy in the oven cavity while staying cool to the touch.” To view the Verona catalog online visit:  http://veronaappliances.com/about-verona While you are on Verona’s website, also visit their other high end line Ilve: http://veronaappliances.com/about-Verona verona 2 Before buying a ticket on the Acela Express Train to view a model in New York, I contacted the manufacturer and learned that a model was recently shipped to an appliance store less than ten miles from Newport. The news sent us racing to the store.  I actually felt butterflies in my stomach anticipating seeing the range for the first time.  We arrived at the showroom and the Verona was displayed among the professional ranges that cost more than my car.  To our delight, the range was exquisite and highly recommended by the sales team!! Most importantly, the larger oven can hold a 25-pound turkey and the smaller oven can hold a ten-pound turkey. We can’t wait for the Verona to arrive next month.  In the meantime, we are keeping busy with the design of the cabinets and island.  Stay tuned for more details about the project.

To read more about trends in gas ranges with double ovens visit: http://thedailybasics.com/2015/03/3-top-kitchen-designers-their-favorite-stoves/

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