Tesoro 21st Century Classics: Jaw-Dropping Kitchen Design Photos

Traditional luxury will never go out of style. 

A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A beautiful Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

That is the thought process behind the Tesoro ™ Collection, a series of traditional kitchen designs that mix old-world design theory and modern technological amenities.

The Tesoro ™ Collection is a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc., the most-award winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century.

kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

From the Peter Salerno Inc. website:

About Tesoro ™…

In Italian “tesoro” means “treasure.” When you step into one of our Tesoro™ kitchens, you are stepping into an interactive treasure box created for you by the highest awarded design firm of this century.

Tesoro™ is the best of Classic and Old World design re-imagined for the 21st Century. Tesoro™ features our own moldings, colors, woods, reclaimed tin hoods, and reclaimed tin panels to ensure a truly one-of-a-kind space unequaled in luxury.

The combination of classical and contemporary speaks directly to the three generations of family artisans that comprise the Salerno legacy. Peter Salerno’s father, Rosolino, was a master craftsman and cabinetmaker trained in Sicily. He passed his love of fine craftsmanship on to his son, and Peter’s artistic vision coupled with his father’s “old world” training created a design dynasty.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Peter Salerno’s idea behind the Tesoro ™ Collection is simple: classic, beautiful design can be timeless, but functionality of that design needs to remain current. By crafting luxurious traditional kitchen designs around aesthetically beautiful and modern appliances, the Tesoro ™ Collection from Peter Salerno Inc. is something to behold.

Many Tesoro ™ Collection kitchen designs offer custom designed and created hoods made of reclaimed tin ceilings from around the world. Not only does Peter Salerno create a new life from recycled materials, but each pattern comes with a backstory. Some of his patterns have been taken from gas stations on Rt 66, cafes and jazz clubs in New Orleans, and speakeasies owned by Al Capone. These hoods are truly unique and are only available through Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

You can see even more examples of Peter Salerno Inc.’s world-class by visiting their Houzz page, logging onto their website, or visiting their Wyckoff and Mendham, New Jersey showrooms.

Peter Salerno Inc. Introduces the Tesoro Kitchen Design Line [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno Inc. Introduces the Tesoro™ Kitchen Design Line [PHOTOS]

21st Century Luxury Meets Classic Beauty In Tesoro™ Kitchen Designs

In Italian, tesoro means “treasure”. And that is precisely what Peter Salerno Inc. offers you with the new Tesoro™ line of gorgeous kitchen designs.

The La Cornue kitchen in Peter Salerno Inc.'s NJ showroom. (Photo: {Peter Rymwid)

When you step into one of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro™ kitchens, you are stepping into an interactive treasure box created for you by the most-awarded design firm of this century. With 30 national kitchen and bath design awards to its credit, Peter Salerno Inc. understands how to bridge function and beauty, and how to seamlessly blend elegance with comfort.

As a CMKBD (custom master kitchen and bath designer), Peter Salerno always has his finger on the pulse of luxurious kitchen design. This, blended with the “Old World” craftsmanship that comes from being a 3rd generation designer with Italian roots, allows Peter Salerno and his team to provide you with a custom kitchen design that cannot be duplicated. Your custom kitchen will be one of a kind, unique and personal to you – truly a Tesoro™.

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft.

When Peter Salerno Inc. assures you a kitchen that blends “Old World” design with 21st century innovation, that is precisely what you can expect. Peter Salerno will provide you with a truly innovative and interactive kitchen, complete with ties to the world’s foremost appliance makers and product designers.

Whether your taste is fine marble tile, handcrafted cabinetry, beautiful and cutting-edge appliances, or simply the most luxurious kitchen imaginable, Peter Salerno Inc.’s Tesoro™ kitchen design line will exceed your every expectation.

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For more information on your very own custom Tesoro™ kitchen from Peter Salerno Inc., please call (201) 251-6608 or fill out the contact form below. A Peter Salerno Inc. team member will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Peter Salerno Attends CIA Culinary Class: Get CIA Chef Recipes!

Peter Salerno Attends CIA Culinary Class: Get CIA Chef Recipes!

Learn Culinary Institute of America Recipes From Peter Salerno

Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Peter Salerno and his son Anthony at Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Recently, Peter Salerno and his son Anthony took a trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, to experience a day of cooking and culinary craftsmanship with master chefs.

While each chose to take a separate CIA cooking class, both learned incredible CIA chef recipes that they will certainly use for the rest of their lives.

Anthony attended the Under the Sea (seafood) course, while Peter Salerno chose the Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class.

Both Peter and Anthony raved about their experience (not to mention they brought home enough food to last them for days!) at the Culinary Institute of America.

If you are anywhere near the CIA facilities in Hyde Park, NY, St. Helena, CA, or San Antonio, TX, Peter Salerno implores you to expand your cooking horizons and take a course at the CIA nearest you. It’s a true master class in cooking.

Peter Salerno was so enamored with the recipes he learned at his CIA Mediterranean Cuisine cooking class, he’s sharing two of them with you today:

  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins
  • Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

Both dishes are fresh takes on classic Mediterranean fare, and Peter and his family were thrilled with the results. We hope you are too! Please enjoy these recipes and share them with your loved ones.

CIA Chef Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Golden Raisins

CiA chicken tagine recipe

CIA Chef Recipe: Paella with Quail, Shrimp and Chorizo

CIA paella with quail recipe

CIA paella with quail recipe

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Homemade Cavatelli Recipe [PHOTOS]

Peter Salerno’s Personal Recipe for Homemade Cavatelli

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!
Peter Salerno’s ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

With the holidays approaching, Peter Salerno and his family are spending more and more time in his custom designed, award-winning kitchens than ever. But sometimes instead of designing kitchens, Peter is at home in his own kitchen designing authentic, homemade Italian meals.

Last weekend, Peter and his family (wife Tracy, son Anthony and daughter-in-law Eve, daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Brian) gathered for a delicious homemade Italian dinner, which included the Salerno family recipe for the perfect cavatelli.

Now, the Salerno family recipe for cavatelli is supposed to be a well-kept secret – but it’s the holidays, and Peter Salerno felt like sharing just a “little bit” of the family recipe. (Just like his award-winning kitchen designs: what good are they if they’re not shared with others?)

So Peter’s sharing his surprisingly simple list of ingredients for the perfect homemade cavatelli recipe with you here, as well as some pictures from his preparation of the dish. As for the preparation steps themselves? Well, those may have to come at another time. After all, Peter’s parents might have something to say about that!

Peter Salerno’s Homemade Cavatelli Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

From humble beginnings as strips of homemade dough on the Salerno kitchen counter…

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

 

The beginnings of Peter Salerno’s delicious homemade cavatelli recipe begin to take shape (literally!)…

 

Peter Salerno's ingredients list for his secret family homemade cavatelli recipe!

Three Generations of the Salerno Family, One Magnificent Kitchen [PHOTO]

Peter Salerno’s Family Tradition Shines In Custom Kitchen Photo

Three generations of the Salerno family meet in one gorgeous Peter Salerno-designed kitchen. The result is a photograph that needs very little description:

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

On the left is Peter Salerno – master designer, CMKBD, and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most-awarded designer by NKBA since 2003). On the right is Peter’s son Anthony Salerno, the third generation of Salernos to join the custom design craft in the United States.

In the center is Rosolino Salerno, Peter’s father and the man who “started it all” for Peter Salerno Inc. “Ross”, as he is affectionately known, is the patriarch of the Salerno family and a master craftsman in his own right. His name is the inspiration for Peter Salerno’s “Mastro Rosolino” cabinet line.

Lest we forget the kitchen! It is a one-of-a-kind Peter Salerno Inc. original custom-designed kitchen. The Saddle River, New Jersey kitchen features custom handcrafted tin range hood, custom ceiling with mirror inlays, custom cabinetry created by Peter Salerno Inc., a custom-crafted island and backsplash tile design.

Want a Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen of your very own? Fill out the contact form below!

Official Interview with Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.: Exclusive Interview

It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman. But when it comes to Peter Salerno, his wife Tracy certainly doesn’t stand behind him. For decades, the two have stood side by side, not only as husband and wife but as the “patriarch and matriach” of Peter Salerno Inc.

Ask anyone in the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom and offices, and they’ll tell you quickly that Tracy is a driving force behind the business. She not only handles much of the day-to-day business operations of Peter Salerno Inc., but also has a vast working knowledge of custom kitchen, bath, interior and cabinetry design.

Tracy Salerno helps run Peter Salerno Inc. with intelligence, grace and class.
Tracy Salerno helps run Peter Salerno Inc. with intelligence, grace and class.

Since Peter Salerno Inc.’s humble beginnings in 1997, Tracy Salerno has played an integral role in its management, growth and overall success. We were privileged to take a few minutes out of Tracy’s busy schedule for an exclusive interview. In it, we learned about Tracy and Peter’s humble beginnings, current projects and business partners, stories from the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom, and plans for the future.

Interview with Tracy Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Blog (PSB): What do you remember about the first day Peter Salerno Inc. opened?

Tracy Salerno:  First a little background: before opening Peter Salerno Inc, Peter worked in a family business owned by his father and uncle. For various reasons, but mainly so Peter’s artistic vision wouldn’t be stifled, we discussed Peter leaving and going out on his own, but he had to be ready to make that move, so the timetable was all up to him. Meantime, our children were both in school full time and I was going to get back into teaching.

I had my interview all set up and two days before, Pete said, “I’m leaving and you have to come work for me. It’ll just be us for awhile. By the way, I’m looking for a building to buy or rent.” A bit of a shock, but okay – I canceled my interview and took a crash course in Quickbooks, wood species and cabinet styles. Hardware catalogs were my nightly reading. The day we opened our first showroom, I remember feeling a little queasy, not sure if it was excitement or fear. We had it all on the line, all our money, our home….we had to make it work. But somehow, butterflies and all, I just knew it would all be okay. We have always believed the only way to get ahead is to dive in, start swimming and have faith. No one ever got anywhere by sitting on the dock.

PSB: Could you have imagined the business growing to where it is today?

Tracy Salerno: In 1997, we started in a small Cape Cod house on Goffle Road. We had to renovate the building completely. It was a dilapidated disaster when we bought it; I took one look at it and sobbed. After that I wasn’t allowed back in until the construction was done. We had a tiny showroom with 5 displays downstairs and offices upstairs.

To go from there, that memory, to this gorgeous design center, is literally a dream come true. Could I ever imagine it? In all honesty, yes. I know my husband, I know his drive. This was his dream from the day he bought the property. He saw the land and saw the vision. After my initial crying jag, I saw it too. I knew we would get here eventually.

PSB: You recently celebrated 2 years in your beautiful new showroom building. What’s your favorite part of the new showroom?

Tracy Salerno: We couldn’t be happier with the new place.  The showroom is such an eclectic mix, two years later it’s still fun to come down here and take it all in.  I had a ball “dressing” the displays and I still look for new things every time I’m out.  It’s hard to pinpoint what my favorite part of the showroom is.  I’d have to say just having the space to showcase the multitude of designs we are capable of creating.

PSB: What’s it like working in an office with both of your children?

Tracy Salerno: Funny thing, we never built the business or the building for the next generation.  This was always Pete’s dream and we always encouraged Anthony and Gabrielle to pursue their own paths.  Which they did with success.  Circumstances and changes in their personal lives led them here as a temporary place to figure it all out then suddenly it was permanent. It’s great having them both here, especially since it was by choice not expectation.  Both are growing in their positions and are truly assets to the company.  The best part is having lunch with the two of them most days….even if I’m the one paying.

PSB: Tell us a funny story from “behind the scenes” in the Peter Salerno Inc. offices that we wouldn’t otherwise know about!

Tracy Salerno: Behind the scenes….you do realize you are talking about an office full of artistic designers right?  Everyone has their own quirky personality which is fun to be around.  Randomly funny or odd pictures will appear in such places as…. the restrooms. Federico paints, mainly abstract, so when he brings in a new work, we have a “guess what the subject” is game.   A good song on a Friday morning might produce an impromptu dance party.

My personal favorite is a photo/certificate that hangs in Peter’s office.  The day we officially opened the new builing, we took a picture outside the design center; everyone was in it–that is a major feat in itself.  Being a Zoolander fan, Kimberly took the picture, added some text, framed and presented it to Peter.  “The Peter Salerno Center for Kids Who Can’t Design Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too”.  It’s epic.

PSB: What are your favorite things to do when you’re not working?

Tracy Salerno: Do I ever not work?  Seriously, my ultimate “me time”  is to flop in my favorite chair in my sun room with a good book.  If I’m at the shore house, substitute front porch rocker with sun room chair. Puzzles.  I like puzzles too; the crazier & bigger the better.  My family thinks I’m nuts when I say it’s relaxing for me.

PSB: You recently started offering the TopBrewer coffee brewing system. Have you tried it, and what do you think?

Tracy Salerno: Top Brewer.  I. Want. One. In. My. House. It’s a great product; my next kitchen at home will have one. Pete and I were at the factory in Copenhagen last year.  Top Brewer wanted to enter the American market so select designers were given a tour of the factory and a tutorial.  We had to bring it into the showroom as soon as it became available stateside. The clean lines of just a spout integrated in the counter eliminates the clutter of coffee accessories.  The grinder & refrigeration unit fit in a lower cabinet.  A self cleaning system  keeps it low maintenance.

You are your own barista.  Latte? No problem.  Cappuccino? Espresso?  Strong, light, in between, lots of foam, no foam…all there with a touch of the iPad or phone app.  Also, seltzer; you can make your own seltzer.  Soon it will have juice dispensing capabilities too.   I am addicted to the machine.

PSB: What’s on the horizon for Peter Salerno Inc. that has you excited?

Tracy Salerno: Every day is a new adventure here.  We never know who is coming through the door, that in itself is exciting.  Through our clients, we never know where we’ll end up….like Russia.  Seriously, Pete is doing a job in Moscow.  Now that is pretty cool.   Watching our team solidify and grow as designers and in their personal lives is tremendously satisfying.    Right now we are enjoying where we are and the people we work with.  That being said, we are always looking to reinvent ourselves to stay fresh and current, so you never know what is around the corner for us!

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc. or to schedule a showroom appointment, please call (201) 251-6608 or email info@PeterSalernoInc.com.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Eggplant Roulade Recipe

Eggplant Roulade Recipe (Involtini di Melanzane)

Leave it to our friends at Epicurious to come up with yet another stunning adaptation of a classic Sicilian appetizer recipe. This time, Peter Salerno is happy to serve up a fantastic Italian appetizer: eggplant roulade, or involtini di melanzane.

If you love the smoky, savory taste of grilled eggplant, then this recipe is sure to please. According to Epicurious, this preparation of eggplant roulade serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main course. We personally prefer to double the recipe and serve 8 for a classic family-style Sicilian appetizer!

Here's a great eggplant roulade recipe from Epicurious. (Photo: Cooking Planit)
Here’s a great eggplant roulade recipe from Epicurious. (Photo: Cooking Planit)

Do you have any recipes you’d like to see Peter Salerno test and feature on PeterSalernoBlog.com? Do you want a beautiful custom kitchen of your very own? Leave us a comment, or email info@PeterSalernoInc.com!

Thanks to Epicurious for this recipe.

Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Roulade (Involtini di Melanzane)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 5 dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (such as basil, mint, parsley, and tarragon leaves)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled soft mild goat cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan

Preparation

Prepare grill.

Trim eggplant and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Using a total of 3 tablespoons oil for eggplant, lightly brush both sides of each slice with some oil and grill in batches on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals until golden brown and tender, about 3 minutes on each side. (Alternatively, broil eggplant under a preheated broiler about 3 inches from heat.) With a metal spatula transfer eggplant as grilled to a platter and keep warm, loosely covered.

Cut an X in blossom end of each plum tomato. Have ready a bowl of ice and cold water. In a small saucepan of boiling water blanch tomatoes 10 seconds and transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Peel tomatoes and seed. Chop blanched and dried tomatoes. Mince onion and garlic.

In a 10-inch heavy skillet heat remaining tablespoon oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and sauté onion, garlic, and pine nuts, stirring, until onion and pine nuts are golden. Add blanched and dried tomatoes and herbs and sauté, stirring, until liquid tomatoes give off is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add goat cheese and Parmesan and cook, stirring, just until melted. Remove skillet from heat and season filling with salt and pepper.

Put a generous tablespoon filling at wide end of an eggplant slice and roll up slice toward narrow end, enclosing filling. Make more roulades in same manner and arrange on a warm platter.