This thought that made some interior designers to make kitchens the Italian way. For the general part, the main parts of an Italian kitchen of 50 years ago includes a large table where food is prepared before cooking from cutting vegetables,meat and other things like kneading dough. Other things like an iron oven and stove and racks would come close behind.
Nowadays, modern Italian kitchen design still consists of the basic beliefs, which is it doesn't concern anyone how big or small the kitchen. For other makers, they focus on getting in as many racks and by introducing polished woodwork or including a mahogany wood table at the centre. Countertops are supposed to keep many things for cooking, and would keep it that way only.
The centre table can been recreated in such a manner it could also operate as the primary sink, with several compartments to keep plates, pans,pots and all other utensils. Hooks are also lined up near the stove place, which can be used easily to bring out pot holders, some cutlery and such things. It's all about stuffing all the room in the four corners of the wall with different shelves, closets.
Classical Italian kitchen design may not be perfectly suited for all Americans, unless they don't get bothered by the feel of hardened mud inside the house. But for modern Americans, they often struggle with cheaper things without compromising the feature of storage.