ILVE transforms a 1950’s kitchen into an entertainment destination

In Houston, Texas the heart of a 1950s ranch was transformed into a beautifully designed entertainment destination with the help of a 48” ILVE Majestic range.

after-island2Designer Vi Khanh Hoang, who specializes in custom renovations that are adhered to the client’s lifestyle, renovated the kitchen within the footprint of the original home. She was able to incorporate the existing structure of the kitchen with an open and functional layout for entertaining friends and family.

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-13-08-am“The dimensions of the kitchen stayed the same, but the layout had significant modifications,” explained Vi Khanh Hoang. “We removed two walls and relocated range and refrigerator to different walls. We added a large island, a coffee/drink area, a prep/sink area, and a cooking area.”

The kitchen was inspired by the classic and clean trend mixed with a warm cottage feel that is popular in interior design today. A 48” Matte Graphite ILVE range with brass trim helped to bring these styles together while still meeting the personal need for a powerful cooking appliance.

after-range-wall“We wanted a professional range that had an old world feel with today’s convenience. This range had high BTU’s, rotisserie function, warming drawer, glass on the oven door, beautiful brass hardware and could be customized. And it was just simply gorgeous!”

Thank you, Vi Khanh Hoang for sharing your ILVE creation with us! Be sure to follow Vi Khanh Hoang on Instagram & Pinterest for more of her work.

How Hot Technologies Can Improve Your Kitchen

vefsie304pssModern technology is improving every facet of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. By carefully outfitting your kitchen, your appliances can be safer, more efficient and give you versatility and precision as a home chef.

One technology, which has been popular in Europe for years but is still relatively new to the US, is induction cooking which uses electromagnetic energy to heat foods quickly and precisely.
Like a gas burner, an induction cooktop or range-top surface can handle the rapid shifts in heat settings required in a busy kitchen. And because the burner does not heat unless cookware is detected, ventilation can operate more efficiently.

Other efficiencies in induction cooking are exemplified in such appliances as the new 36” Induction 5-Zone Cooktop from Verona, which includes a fast boil setting for rapid cooking as well as a low power setting for delicate meals. A pan detection system saves energy by sensing the size and shape of cookware and intelligently heating only the needed cooking area. Features like a residual heat indicator and an automatic shut-off in case of spillage make cooking with this induction cooktop safer, too. Verona also makes a 30” induction cooktop and 30” induction range.

“Because induction cooking offers the most direct heat transfer of any cooking surface and features unprecedented safety benefits, it’s become the modern standard for kitchens today,” says Melissa Haber, director of sales and marketing for EuroChef USA.

Consumers looking to upgrade their kitchens in the future will enjoy even more choices, as new induction ranges are introduced, such as 36” and 40” ILVE ranges, which offer a wealth of features like a rotisserie, warming drawer, power boost burners and a multifunction convection oven.

If you are still cooking with old school appliances in your kitchen, you may be working harder than you need to be. When making an upgrade, consider the latest cooking technologies.

Griddle Top Cooking

EuroChef USA offers a variety of cooking accessories to make preparing your favorite meals even easier. Of those accessories, the fully removable Griddle cooktop option, or accessory, serves as one of the most useful tools in the kitchen. Here are our top four reasons why this tool is essential for the at-home kitchen:

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  1. Surface Space: Stovetop griddles have a larger surface space than traditional pans or cast iron skillets. This allows for more food to be prepped at once, making it a perfect option for large families or those who like to entertain!
  2. Griddles Require Less Fatty Oils: The need for less fat and oils during cooking offers the possibility for healthier meals. In addition, much of the excess fat separates itself during cooking and makes its way in to the integrated grease trap instead of being absorbed into the food.
  3. Every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle: Pancakes, eggs and bacon during breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch or a juicy steak for dinner – virtually every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle top.
  4. Cooking indoors: Traditional BBQ favorites can be cooked indoors during less than ideal weather, so you can enjoy your favorite foods all year long.

For our favorite griddle recipes, take a look at our Pinterest board below!

Made To Order – The Personalized Kitchen Trend

Kitchen remodels these days are less likely to be done with an eye to resell and more likely to be customized to reflect one’s personal style. With this rising trend, homeowners are now decorating to their taste and furnishing with appliances made to suit their lifestyle.

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever before to get the personalized look and function that is in such high demand. For example, ILVE appliances are completely hand-assembled in Italy with the option to customize and build ranges just the way you want. Homeowners can visit the ILVE Appliances website to see all of the available options, including over 200 colors, three decorative styles—from the Majestic, Nostalgie, or Techno lines— three trim finishes, four leg designs from sleek modern to ornate traditional, multiple stove top configurations and more.

After choosing the ideal look and style for your range, ILVE allows you to take it one step further offering a variety of mix and match accessories. These unique add-ons such as a Gas Barbeque Grill, Wok Ring and Stainless Steel Griddle allow you to customize your range’s cooking surface with the unique ability to change it over time. So if you want to change over from a bacon griddle to an oven top steamer or fish poacher, anything is possible.

griddleAdditional optional accessories by ILVE include a chopping board, bain-marie warming basin and cast iron steak pans. ILVE appliances and accessories epitomize the theory of customizing your space for your personal needs and lifestyle. Each accessory caters to different cooking styles and innovative ways to serve food.

Verona Appliances, another Italian brand also imported by EuroChef USA, offers seven color finishes and two design series as well as optional handrail and leg choices so you can customize your look affordably. The stylish line of pro-style dual fuel, gas or electric ranges, as well as built-in ovens and cooktops, add beauty and efficiency to any kitchen.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.42.44 PMVerona’s appliances and accessories are perfect for the homeowner that loves to switch things up inside the kitchen. Many of Verona’s coordinating accessories in the Verona CHEFS PAK are interchangeable, removable and really allow you to customize your range according to what and how you like to cook.

With all these endless customization options, your kitchen appliances have the opportunity to reflect your personal style in any way you can dream of!

ILVE RAL Custom Color Program Named NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 2.08.54 PMILVE, known for their handcrafted Italian appliances, has been named an honoree  in the inaugural NYCxDESIGN Awards in the Kitchen category for the RAL Custom Color Program. There were over 500 entries in 30 distinct categories that were judged by a panel of design luminaries from all areas of the design industry.

“We’re so honored to have been named a NYCxDESIGN Award honoree for the ILVE RAL Custom Color Program,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales & Marketing for EuroChef USA. “The RAL Custom Color program has seen great popularity in New York and the rest of the design industry. The program showcases our dedication to custom Italian appliances made specifically for the individual consumer. We’re honored to be recognized by a panel of such esteemed design professionals.”

ILVE’s RAL Custom Color Program is available for both the Majestic and Nostalgie line. The program allows for consumers to choose from 213 classic RAL colors for both their hood and range, allowing for more personalized options than ever before. ILVE ranges are available in six standard American sizes, 60”, 48”, 40”, 36”, 30”, and a perfect city-sized 24” option in the Nostalgie line. Both single and double oven options are available, as well as dual fuel and all gas connection choices.

The 1st annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, hosted by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF, is a global competition to celebrate outstanding products and projects across major areas of design. The awards program takes place during NYCxDesign, New York City’s 15-day showcase of global design. The program is open to exhibitors, establishments and firms with New York City-based projects. On May 14, 2016 nearly 400 people from the design community filled the seats of the Museum of Modern Arts to celebrate the inaugural NYCXDesign Awards hosted by Interior Design Magazine’s Editor in Chief Cindy Allen.

How-To Clean Your ILVE or Verona Cooking Appliance

An important part of keeping your cooking appliances looking and functioning like new is to keep them clean all year long. Cleaning your ILVE or Verona appliance is made easy by following these simple tips:

Gas Cooktop Surfaces

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To clean the cast-iron grates and remove any spills or splatters, use a scratch resistant cleansing powder such as Bon Ami or Bar Keeper’s Friend. Mix the powder with water to create a thick paste or slurry mixture. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and rub gently onto the grates. Rinse thoroughly within a minute of application and wipe the surface dry with a clean, smooth cloth.

For food that has burned onto the stainless steel stovetop surface, apply warm water to the spot while the stovetop is still warm. Once the stovetop has cooled down it should easily wipe away. For extra tough spots try a general stainless steel cleaner that can be found at your local store.

To sanitize the surface, use a cleansing spray or wipe made specifically for stainless steel surfaces. Note that it is recommended to only use a smooth cloth/sponge and cleanser without bleach on any appliance surface you may be cleaning.

Electric or Induction Glass Cooktop Surfaces

To maintain and avoid damage to the glass on an electric or induction cooktop surface be sure to wipe away any spills in a timely manner (always be sure the surface is cool enough to avoid burns.) Spills can normally be wiped up with a damp sponge, cloth or paper towel along with a gentle cleaning agent made for glass surfaces, which will also work to sanitize the surface and remove any stubborn smudge marks

Oven Interiors

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The secret to cleaning the oven is to wipe up spills and splatters as they occur (always be sure the oven is cool enough to avoid burns.) Once spills are wiped up, clean the oven with a simple hand dishwashing soap and warm water.

To get rid of more stubborn grime or odors, place an open pan of water with a little bit of lemon juice or white vinegar into the oven and turn the temperature up to the highest setting and let the oven run at this temperature for 45 minutes to an hour. This essentially creates a steam process and allows any splatter to be loosened from the cavity walls. Once fully cooled, the oven can easily be wiped clean with a smooth sponge or cloth.

Oven Doors

ILVE and Verona oven doors have the exclusive benefit of easily removable glass for simple cleaning. The glass panels can be removed simply by unscrewing the retaining screws with a screwdriver. The glass plates can then be cleaned using paper towels and a non-invasion glass cleaner to wipe away spills and splatters.

Griddles & Griddle Tops

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After cooking, while the griddle is still warm, pour some kosher salt and oil onto the griddle top surface. Cut a lemon in half and use the lemon to scrub the salt and oil onto the surface. The kosher salt will act as an abrasive to work away any of the burnt residue and impurities from cooking. When finished, simply wipe clean with a dry paper towel leaving it slightly oiled for next use.

For more information on how to clean your ILVE or Verona range, take a look at the following how-to videos:

ILVE & Verona Appliances Featured in New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton

Slow-Roasted-Duck-Epi124-WIDEVerona and ILVE Appliances help dress the set for a new 26-part cooking series entitled New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton produced by WYES-TV.

In the new series that debuted nation-wide April 16, Chef Belton explores the diverse cultures that contribute to the distinct New Orleans taste by cooking recipes using an ILVE cooktop and a Verona double wall oven.

The 36” ILVE Cooktop (Model UXLP90F) is fully equipped with 5 powerful burners, a fully removable griddle, individual precision burner controls, flame failure safety cutout, one-touch electronic ignition, triple ring burner, cast iron heavy-duty grates and burner caps and stainless steel knobs.

The 36” Self Cleaning Electric Double Oven (Model VEBIEM3030DSS) features easy-to-use touch controls, stainless steel knobs and handles, two 4.1 cu.ft. capacity ovens, 12 versatile cooking functions, pyrolytic self-clean, 4 pane heat resistant glass doors, true European convection in each oven, as well as a heavy duty and telescopic glide rack in each oven.

The goal of Chef Belton’s show is to teach others how simple and fun cooking can be. “They think that something that tastes so good has to be really complicated,” says Belton “but it doesn’t. I like food that is simple but surprisingly delicious.”

ILVE Majestic Featured in Architectural Digest Kitchen Renovation Story

ILVE Majestic has been featured in a White and Gray Kitchen Renovation spotlight in Architectural Digest.

Brooklyn based design firm Nastasi Vail Design used an ILVE Majestic Range to transform a formerly cluttered floor plan into a modern space with traditional appeal.

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Read the full story written by Jennifer Fernandez on architecturaldigest.com here. Photography by Genevieve Garruppo.