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Cucina Bella And the Weekend Poll

Talk about a cucina bella! I'm intrigued by the peek inside the new kitchen at the residence of Italy's ambassador to the United States, Giovanni Castellaneta and his wife, Lila Castellaneta. The Post's Jura Koncius reported on the kitchen re-do, which gave the English Tudor-style estate in the District a sleek European kitchen big enough for professional chefs to pull off diplomatic banquets with ease.

It's hardly the image of an Italian kitchen that first springs to mind. That, basically, would be the decor of an Olive Garden restaurant. Where's the painted pottery? Where are the baskets? The cheeses and prosciuttos hanging on ropes? Where is the homage to Tuscany or Sicily?

However, the kitchen's sleek Milano look is very much a true Italian design--as you would see it in Italy rather than Little Italy. All that stainless steel and blue light is not the right style for my humble abode, but for an ambassador's residence where the dinner list can hit 4,000, it works.

Weekend reading: In Saturday's Real Estate section, Dina ElBoghdady covers everything you need to know what mortgages have in common with movie popcorn. Both come in sizes large, jumbo and super-jumbo. And you'll dig the story by Elizabeth Festa about how you can get a full-size basement where there was once little more than a glorified crawlspace.

Don't forget, today is Chat day! We go live at 1 p.m. but you're welcome to submit your questions and comments early.

The Weekend Poll

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 29, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Home features , Weekend Poll  
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