We are so excited about our new Ilve farmhouse stove! In this post, I am sharing what we like about this stove – and what we don’t.
I am pretty excited about our new stove however I wanted to test it and use it under everyday conditions before I do my full review. So here it is!
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Why did we get a new stove?
There are many reasons why people buy new stoves. Honestly, our old Bosch gas range was still working really well.
But as we were in the midst of our full kitchen renovation, my husband and I talked about getting a stove that would fit better with the farmhouse theme and look a bit more pleasing.
At the time, we considered either getting a vintage stove such as an O’Keefe & Merritt or Wedgwood or one of those beautiful French farmhouse stoves. Although we liked their features, we didn’t like the look of the more industrial stoves such as Wolf or Subzero and so on.
The issue was that the vintage stoves usually come in 33″ or 36″ widths which was more than we had space for. Our old stove was 30″ and that is what we had planned for. Had we installed one of those vintage stoves, we would have had to cut into counter and cabinet space. But space comes at a premium in this kitchen so we didn’t want to do that.
The French farmhouse stove on the other hand posed the same issue: most of them don’t come in 30″. Also, they are very expensive. Therefore, we had decided to keep our old Bosch gas range for the time being.
How we found this Ilve Nostalgie stove
Every so often, I would look for stoves. I would present them to my husband who knows a lot about stoves (and repairing them) but most of my suggestions would earn a thumbs-down.
One day, I think I simply googled “farmhouse stove” and that I when I found the Ilve 30″ Nostalgie stove. Don’t worry if you have never heard of the Ilve brand – I hadn’t either.
Ilve is an Italian brand and apparently, it has been around since 1952.
We definitely liked the look: a bit more feminine, beautiful colors, old-fashioned handrails, and pretty knobs. Then I spent more time researching if people had issues with them. I even contacted some Ilve stove owners on Instagram to see how they liked theirs. They all did and nobody reported any problems.
This is the moment for full disclosure: we did buy the stove and we have received a nice discount from the distributor. However, we would have still bought the stove without the discount. Also, I wasn’t asked to do or say anything and all the opinions in this post are all my own!
Meet our white Ilve Nostalgie 30″ gas range
When this stove was delivered, we thought it was just as beautiful as in the pictures. The brilliant white fits much more seamlessly into our farmhouse-style kitchen. The chrome fittings go perfectly with all the existing chrome and stainless steel hardware.
The gas cooktop has five burners ranging from 7000 to 15500 BTU. We find that the brushed stainless steel is pretty easy to keep clean but I wouldn’t recommend any aggressive or abrasive cleaners!
The heavy-duty cast-iron grates are very similar to the ones of our old stove. Even though I don’t clean them on a daily basis, they do clean up easily with all-natural products.
The oven comes with two removable racks and a rotisserie attachment. We have used the conventional and convection heating, the defrost and the grill function. All of them work really well!
At the bottom is a warming drawer that I am using for storage.
Best of all, this stove comes with a price tag of about half of what you would pay for a typical French farmhouse stove. That in itself was a big selling point for us.
The most important features – for us
I really wanted the stove to have a simmer function and an oven that goes down to 100˚F. This Ilve Nostalgie gas range seemed to fit the bill.
Now, for the simmer function, we ordered a simmer plate and I am so glad we did. The center one is a dual burner, meaning you can ignite only the smaller burner. I am not sure how many BTUs it has but for true simmering, I place the cast iron simmer plate on it. This is perfect for cooking dishes for a long time or making bone broth.
As for the oven going all the way down to 100˚F, it seems that it is the dual-fuel model that does that (with the electric oven). Our gas oven starts at 150˚F. So when making yogurt, I simply turn it to 150˚F, turn it off for a while, turn it back on, and so forth. It’s not ideal but I have successfully made delicious yogurt with this workaround.
We even had some bad spills and broken glass in our oven. Looking at it you wouldn’t even know because it cleans up so easily that it almost looks like new.
How to customize your Ilve stove
We were limited to a 30″ stove but the Ilve Nostalgie series comes in many different sizes from 24″ up to 60″. We also knew we wanted a white stove, even though it comes in 8 other stock colors. You can even get it in a custom color!
For us, the chrome fittings (knobs and railings) were perfect but we could have chosen brass or bronze as well.
The Nostalgie series offers gas stoves (both for natural gas or propane) and a dual fuel option.
To make this stove look more vintage, you can order claw feet or a matching toe kick for a more finished look.
Potential issues with your Ilve range
There are two things I want to mention to anyone considering buying this Ilve stove.
The first one is that you will need to keep the ignitor going for 8 seconds. The manual recommends 10 seconds but I have consistently been getting away with 8 seconds. In the beginning, it definitely took a bit of getting used to it but now we don’t even notice it anymore. I guess it is a safety feature and that makes sense to me.
The other thing is that the oven is not quite as wide as you might expect. Since our old oven was also 30″ wide, I can attest that the Ilve oven is smaller on the inside than other American models. Most if not all European ovens tend to be a bit smaller. This 30″ Ilve gas oven has 2.7 cubic feet. I haven’t roasted any turkeys in it yet but I doubt that I can put much else in the oven at the same time.
Both of these aren’t any issues for us but I could imagine they might be for some people.
Final verdict: can we recommend this Ilve stove?
You have probably been waiting for this: we love our new Ilve stove!! Would we buy it again (knowing everything we know now)?
Yes, we absolutely would!
Every day, we look at it and admire its beautiful elegance and how well it blends into our kitchen. We are having a lot of fun cooking and baking with it.
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