Most of the articles on this site have featured recipes for Italian cooking but, in order to truly create great and authentic Italian cuisine, you also need a kitchen that matches the culture. Every chef knows that it is the state of the kitchen – the chef’s work area – that greatly impacts the quality and flavor of the food being created.
Simply put, if you want to make great Italian food using the recipes you have seen, you need a kitchen that at least looks the part. And, contrary to what you might think, there may not be a whole lot of purchasing of new equipment. You just might need to reorganize the area and this article can help you get started. If your kitchen does require more in the realm of remodeling, there are services for that, too.
Below are the traits of a traditional Italian kitchen:
1. Space. All good, traditional Italian kitchens are open and free flowing. That is because every good cook knows that a chef is always moving about from station to station. All of your tools must be within reach without impeding your movement or flow.
2. Smooth Surface. Not a problem with most kitchens, but you may want to rethink adding any rugs. Italian cooking can get messy – it’s more of a prerequisite than an occupational hazard. Smooth surfaces are easy to wipe.
3. Air Circulation. If there are no windows or vents in the kitchen, you will need to look into that. Italian cooking is both passionate and intense and there is bound to be some smoke and steam during the process.