Star Kitchen: Donatella Arpaia

Donatella's Outdoor Kitchen

Donatella Arpaia's dream kitchen is right in her backyard.

Photography by David A. Land

Set in Stone

The "Donatella" engraving was a surprise from her husband. She couldn't figure out why Allan had asked for a slab of stone above the oven, but she found out when he revealed that he had the mason chisel her name into it.

Pizza for All

Donatella's son, Alessandro, loves sitting on the granite counter and prepping pies with his mom before she puts them into her wood-burning oven. "He makes a mess and ends up covered in flour," Donatella says.

Tile Style

Donatella picked neutral glass backsplash tiles that blend in with the surrounding stone. She loves how easy they are to clean.

Bar Station

Allan's favorite part of the kitchen is the bar and cocktail area, which includes an ice machine and a wine fridge. Donatella jokingly refers to the cardiothoracic expert as the "doctor of mixology."