Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2013

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New appliances were seamlessly worked into the kitchen foor plan. Drop-down lights were added to illuminate the new stone top of the island. Quartz countertops wrap the perimeter countertops and the pass-thru counter that opens up to the family room, providing durable and elegant work surfaces for the talented cooks in the home. As one who writes primarily about food and restaurants, but who occasionally moonlights with an article about some of our city���s grander houses, I often encounter kitchens which, without being impolite, probably don���t get a great deal of use, designed perhaps more with wow factor in mind than actual functionality. So it���s a real pleasure to meet owners who clearly not only revel in giving their top-of-the-line culinary equipment the workout it deserves, but also enjoy the fruits of their labor. Te oldest of nine children of Italian extraction, this month���s lady of the house grew up in a bustling household, where food and kitchen took center stage. As we sit in the comfortable breakfast area just of the stylishly appointed kitchen, nibbling on a few casually thrown together hors d���oeuvres, the wife explains the importance of the Italian heritage when it comes to their appreciation of life. ���Everything is centered round food,��� she says. ���If you want to make someone welcome and loved, you feed them. Food is a great vehicle, and I love the idea of making people feel comfortable.��� 71

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