A Tuscan cuisine is inspired by the architecture, art and design of Tuscany, a region of central Italy famous for its beautiful scenery, architecture and culinary traditions. Tuscan kitchens blend utilitarian convenience of modern equipment with the timeless elegance of traditional architecture. Traditional Tuscan kitchen designs are made of the same materials as other forms of Italian architecture, ie native materials and readily available in Italy.
This includes heavy exposed timbers found in traditional Tuscan kitchen design ceilings with plaster painted in earth tones applied to walls, floors and ceramic flat stone or terracotta. The natural beauty of these materials is accentuated by the use of cooking utensils and dishes that are made from a similar, such as cast iron and glazed ceramic basic materials.
The Tuscan kitchen designs tend to be simple, comprehensive and elemental. Kitchens are often connected to the rest of the house with a door or maybe a step or two up or down to distinguish the kitchen area. Tuscan kitchens often include a central island, accessible from all sides. Often covered with a block of solid maple, this island creates a convenient work space and an aesthetic approach in the center of the room.