Rustic and spacious, a Tuscan kitchen with a wood burning grill is a tradition to be preserved.
From the herringbone-brick ceiling to the terracotta tile floor, this is how a vintage Tuscan kitchen often looks, especially if it’s in a very old building. Bricks worked on the diagonal, along with curved walls, often date the home back four or five centuries. With that heritage there’s no real incentive to update and sometimes the kitchen is mainly used by staff.
Typically, there are white stucco walls and unfitted wood cabinets. Often, there is a hutch, as there is here (far left). A close look reveals two chimneys – a small one over a utility range on the curved wall and the large one venting the wood-burning camino — the fireplace and indoor grill where a great deal of cooking takes place. A huge basin sink with two spigots is way in the back, with a plate rack overhead. The sink is large and sits on a painted cabinet. The refrigerator is freestanding and handily placed in a work triangle with the small range and the sink. A stone top on the long refectory table functions as a prep space. And the large table to the right of the fireplace is a likely spot for rolling out pasta. In Italy, I always look at the ceiling to gauge the age of the building.
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