30" Gas Bertzzoni vs. Verona vs. ??
I am barely able to swing my budget to afford a Bertazzoni -- just found out -- and I am very excited. I must admit I am looking at aesthetics as a big consideration. I have just come across the Verona online, knew nothing at all about it, have never seen one in person. Prior to this, I was looking at ranges around $2500 such as KitchenAid, GE, etc. I like the idea of knobs only, though. I am also nuts about the idea of a RED range.
I like to bake -- just simple things such as pies, cakes, cookies. Haven't taken up breadmaking yet. Most of our daily cooking is done on the rangetop, a lot of sauteing, stews, etc. Our current stove is a Magic Chef of unknown age, knobs only, little heat output or control over burners and very, very uneven oven heating. As you can see, anything is going to be an upgrade for us!
Some of my concerns include service, even heating, etc. I understand that the oven is quite small, but I don't think that is a concern. I should be able to hack something for the once-a-year turkey, and my guest list is small: 6-8 people. No 20-lb turkeys. I am not too concerned about heat output from the oven as I live in a cold climate (VT). I love the idea of a higher output burner and a simmer burner.
I have searched previous threads here and on GardenWeb but would appreciate any input.
Thanks in advance.
Hi - this response is kind of late. But in case you didn't buy a range yet, I wanted to comment on the Verona. I bought one last month after copious internet searching for a 36" under $5000. I ended up getting the Verona dual fuel with the single oven and think the cooking quality for the money is outstanding. I mainly wanted the European convection oven for baking - I do lots of bread, cakes, scones & cookies - but the cooktop is fantastic. Very even cooking. Only drawbacks, if you can call it that, is that preheating the oven takes longer than my old oven, probably because it is so large. And the simmer burner is still just a little too warm for simmering small amounts. But overall, I love it to pieces. It's even easy to clean. No big holes in the cooktop for food to fall into. I got the red color and it's gorgeous. Paid around $2999 from AJ Madison online. Be aware that it doesn't come with a plug. I had to have an electrician bring the plug and upgrade my amperage to 40 amps. But it was a simple job. Wait - there goes the timer on the pound cake. Gotta go!