My Fabulous New Ilve Range! (Prepare for thy eyes to bulge.)

It’s Italian, too, so I’m pretty sure that makes me cool. I think.

Look at this thing! LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL RANGE, YOU GUYS. I still can’t believe I get to look (stare) at it and touch (caress) it and cook (faint) on it and sing (loudly) to it and pet it (through sobs) and call it Fra – WAIT. We need to name her. She’s clearly not a Frank. What a good name for her? Cast your votes! Something Italian, obviously. And soft and feminine with a side of YEAH YOU HEARD ME. Name heeeeeer.

I have a pretty small galley-ish kitchen, and for the longest time I’ve been (mildly obsessively) updating little things here and there to make it feel bigger. (this was a big improvement!) Ten years ago we renovated our kitchen from its burnt orange walls, stained and warped laminate countertops and crusty off-white wooden cabinets that had seen better years. Back then our “new” kitchen was white walls, white quartz counters, open custom shelving, and subway tile all around. Beautiful! But the appliances were all stainless. Which was the style! And still is, in many homes. But overtime I decided I wanted creams and whites. Everything creams and whites. So I swapped in a new white farmhouse sink, and painted my fridge and hood white like a weirdo.

. . . And then I found this.

And I fainted. Then came to. Then fainted again.

HOW did I find it? On someone’s Instagram, ha! Then I googled it. And then emailed them. And today, I’ve got it! And I want to show you all about it, in case you’re in the market for a creamy dreamy range like nothing else in this world. And of course they have other colors, if you dig something darker and moodier. They’re ALL SO GORGEOUS it doesn’t even matter.

One of the coolest features of this range, and I kid you not, it’s got a ROTISSERIE setting. Which I’ll show you at a later time, so you’ll have to simmer down a little bit. You stick a chicken on a little pole thingy (there are videos and instructions with the manual!) and then stick the pole thingy in the oven on its built-in attachment. And it TURNS THE CHICKEN until golden brown like something out of frickin’ Amélie.

Spit! It’s called a spit. I just forgot. I’m fine.

Obviously the pretty gold/brass knobs did it for me. And the pretty gold/brass handles and pretty gold/brass towel holder.

Something to mention, it’s Italian, so there’s a learning curve. (at least there was for me, you’ll understand it within three seconds I’m sure.) Those little buttons? Right, I was like, “I have no idea what these are.” And omg, the first night we got the electrician to connect it (Oh! It’s European, so there’s not a plug. You hard wire that mother.) I pushed the buttons all willy nilly, not knowing what I was doing, and Nat was all, “Mom stop pushing those buttons. You have no idea what they are.” And I was like “Oh honey it’s fine! I’m sure it’s fine.” And at 3am the TIMER WENT OFF. And I had no idea how to stop it! Eventually with enough sleep-induced panic pushing, it stopped.

AND THEN IT WENT OFF AT FOUR AM. I almost cried. But somehow, I miraculously stopped it again. And theeeeen I read the manual. Ha! So yeah, maybe read the manual. And there are videos with the manual! You know, one of those black and white square splotchy codes you hold your phone to and it opens up a video all futuristic like. We’re fine.

Look how gorgeous.

I also love that the digital clock numbers are this pleasing blue green. It’s those little things because you KNOW there was a meeting about that. I approve.

I love the burners. This specific model, the 30-inch Nostalgie has five burners. And the one in the very middle has a gold rim and two burners within itself and I just think it’s brilliant.

For me, there’s plenty of space! Of course they have tons of sizes, if you need something bigger for your sitch.

POLL: which burner is the best burner? These just may be fightin’ words.

The inside of the oven is maybe two inches smaller than my previous. Because it’s Euro, and the sizing is different. But obviously you can measure and compare just so you’re in the know.

And you should know there’s a vent that comes on after a certain amount of time to prevent it from overheating, just like any other oven! I WILL SAY it’s a micro decibel louder than my previous. It’s nothing bothersome at all. But you can’t turn it off until it shuts itself off naturally.

But check this mess out – the oven has all these settings, based on what you’re cooking. Pizza? There’s a dang setting. Casseroles? They’ve got you. The rotisserie? Well yeah. It’s all in the manual! Which I think I mentioned.

And of course I had pot filler installed to match, because I’m a turd and couldn’t help myself.

If you’re in the market for a new STUNNING piece of art slash range, I’ve got a code for you! It’s BEVCOOKS150, and it’s good for $150 off any Ilve range. And holler at me if you have any questions about mine! I’m beyond happy to help.

When your sister-in-law says “Your kitchen looks like a bed and breakfast in like, Portugal or something”, you know you’ve done it right. Up next, ripping out the track lighting and figuring out flush mount pretties! I’ll keep you updated on that next never.

Okay you guys, what are we naming her??

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29 Responses to My Fabulous New Ilve Range! (Prepare for thy eyes to bulge.)

  1. Rebekah S June 24, 2021 at 9:30 am #
    Have you found a refrigerator that matches? We are building and I’m having to buy all new appliances but I’m getting hung up on the fridge.
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2021 at 9:32 am #
      Haven't! We actually cancelled our fridge order because it has taken OVER A YEAR to be delivered, and it keeps getting delayed. So I'm over it. White paint all the way!
      • Danielle Frank October 4, 2021 at 12:50 pm #
        Please give me details on how to paint a chrome fridge!! Danielle
  2. Heidi Snowden June 24, 2021 at 10:15 am #
    Oooooh honey…you’ve gottaalotta cleaning in your future…but…it is dreamy!
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2021 at 10:21 am #
      We've actually had this since April and it's been no different than cleaning my previous oven! A simple wipe down, easy. :)
  3. Carol June 24, 2021 at 10:21 am #
    God, you lucky girl! THat is an absolute dream oven! I'd name her Stella. Of course. Enjoy her!! I'm so jealous 😘
    • Dawn Marie August 2, 2021 at 12:11 pm #
      Ha! We have a matte graphite/brass 30” gas range with decorative brass claw legs and we named her Stella!!
      • Eileen Todd September 7, 2021 at 6:00 am #
        I have the bright blue 36 inch and love it!! Question— I don’t know how to turn on the oven light. I read to push in the selector knob but no luck. Did you have issues? BTW, Did you look at Big Chill for a refrigerator? Your kitchen looks amazing. Thanks for your post.
  4. Trisha F June 24, 2021 at 10:30 am #
    Beautiful!!!!!
  5. Dayna June 24, 2021 at 10:33 am #
    Name her Francesca
  6. Sharon June 24, 2021 at 10:39 am #
    Francesca or Gia
  7. Cathy Wilson June 24, 2021 at 10:46 am #
    Guido
  8. Kathryn June 24, 2021 at 11:11 am #
    Congratulations K~
  9. Annie June 24, 2021 at 11:21 am #
    Italian name? Sophia of course! (after the amazing Sophia Loren)
  10. Glenda June 24, 2021 at 11:46 am #
    She’s gorgeous! I think she looks like a Francesca.
  11. Steven June 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm #
    Why not name her "Stella"?...for STELLAR !
  12. Lesley June 24, 2021 at 12:54 pm #
    Francesca. That way you can say Buongiorno mi Forno Francesca.
  13. Amy Webster June 24, 2021 at 4:49 pm #
    Gorgeous! Absolutely GORGEOUS! She’s a Frida. Like the artist. Our (boring) oven does the loud sound too until it cools down. Not sure if this helps, we open the oven door when we’re done and the oven is off, it cools off way faster (meaning no more noise!) xx
  14. Debra Eibler June 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm #
    Sophie.... Looks beautiful, and the pot filler is a must!
  15. Whhalley June 25, 2021 at 11:22 am #
    She's breathtaking! *Ophelia*
  16. tina June 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm #
    Bev, your new ILVE Range is Fantastic!!... I think she should be called Bianca Bianco !!
  17. Melanie Carter June 25, 2021 at 1:13 pm #
    Your sister-in-law is right. Your kitchen is unique and inviting. Can I come over? Would you share pics of your painted refrigerator?
  18. Jill June 25, 2021 at 3:04 pm #
    Stunning! Isabella or Lolita
  19. Lisa June 26, 2021 at 2:17 pm #
    Although the names that have been suggested are all lovely, that beautiful, lilting beauty is absolutely a Lucia!
  20. Jack August 5, 2021 at 2:59 pm #
    Stunning! Quick question, did you have to install the 2"3/8 back -guard. A rep I am speaking with said it was necessary for ventilation.
    • Bev Weidner August 6, 2021 at 6:36 am #
      We do have it, but it's an optional add on! Our hood above does the ventilation trick. But we have it if we need it!
  21. Meagan August 13, 2021 at 7:41 am #
    Hi! Question for you - we just got our Ilve (also swooning over it...just stunning!) and finding that all our burners "click" when we go to turn on one. Only the one we are intending to light actually lights, but you can see the electrical current lighting up on all of them, especially the middle burner. I can't figure out if it's a quirk of the stove or a wiring issue. Thank you!
    • Bev Weidner August 13, 2021 at 10:17 am #
      Ours do the very same thing! They all click and flick a tiny blue right at the beginning. I think it's normal!
  22. Danita Russo October 6, 2021 at 6:19 pm #
    Is your Ilve range the white or antique white?

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